RFC 309 is an announcement of the 1972 Data and File Transfer Workshop announcement. The suggested reading section has 12 entries, 11 of which are RFCs and the last of which is:

             8. Data Language, CCA,  NIC # 8208

This document appears difficult to find.

The one non-RFC document is a publication called “Data Language” by Computer Corporation of America, but I can't find something with that exact name online to link.
— Darius Kazemi, RFC-309 — 365 RFCs

What is this paper? Who was it written by, when was it published and where can it be found?

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    @Michael NIC numbers were assigned by the Network Information Center, see RFC 95. NIC was run by the Stanford Research Institute, then by Network Solutions (where it became InterNIC), and then its responsibilities were transferred to ICANN (in 1998). Nov 15, 2019 at 19:09

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RFC565 identifies NIC 8208 as: Computer Corporation of America, Datacomputer Project Working Paper No. 3, Datalanguage, 29 Oct '71, 78 pp.

A copy of this document is available in the online repository of the US DoD's Defense Technical Information Center in a pdf document titled "Semi-Annual Technical Report, March 1972". Working Paper No. 3 is bundled with Working Paper No. 4 in the same file.

  • Is NIC 8208 related in any way to ISO 8208?
    – Jon Custer
    Nov 15, 2019 at 19:43
  • @JonCuster - ISO 8208 is the X.25 level 3 protocol; this doc seems to be a data definition language which, if forced into the OSI model, would probably operate at level 6.
    – dave
    Nov 15, 2019 at 20:04
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    @another-dave - OK, thanks! I thought it worth querying just in case.
    – Jon Custer
    Nov 15, 2019 at 22:14

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