Disclaimer: My interest in this post arise from a question of mine, which I intend to answer some day later after writing up this one.
OIW stands for OSI Implementors' Workshop. This group was mentioned in PKCS#1 v1.5 RFC 2313, and this is where it intersects with cryptography. The information on this group is now sparse, and I only manage to trace to 2 of its most important output.
When I put the keywords
NIST/OSI Implementors' Workshop documents into Bing, FIPS-PUB-146-1 popped up, and I traced its citations to NIST-SP-500-202 parts 1 and 2.
NIST-SP-500-202 (listed here) is an interesting read for its historical value. Parts of the image scanning are having JPEG DCT corruption artifacts, but the text information are mostly integral.
Now I can answer Maarten's comment:
what this organization actually comprised of
The group had participants from several SIGs (special interest groups) representing:
- AT&T (and Bell Labs)
- Boeing Computer Serv.
- Control Data Corp.
- Digital Equipment Corp.
- Hewlett Packard
- Interactive Systems Corp.
- IBM (and its Canadian subsidiary)
- The Mitre Corps.
- Network Management Associates, Inc.
- Trusted Info. Systems
and actually did
Let's just look at the excerpt from Section 4. Purpose of the Workshop from Part 1 - General Information of SP-500-202p1
In February, 1983, at the request of industry, NIST organized the OSI Implementors' Workshop (OIW) for Implementors of OSI to bring together future users and potential suppliers of OSI protocols. The Workshop accepts as input the specifications of emerging standards for protocols and produces as output agreements on the implementation and testing particulars of these protocols. This process is expected to expedite the development of OSI protocols and promote interoperability of independently manufactured data communications equipment.
There is probably not going to be mailing list archive available, as the SMTP internet standard RFC-821 was published just a year before, as such email technologies was by then likely unavailable.
Lastly, for those living in places with a national firewall, the title of the book mentioned in the comment is:
Standards Policy for Information Infrastructure
Edited by Brian Kahin and Janet Abbate.
I managed to extract this information by putting the book ID query parameter of the Google Books URL into my local search engine, and it turned up the title of the book.