[consult] "Removal of WHOIS Query Result Limit" revisited

Edward Lewis Ed.Lewis at neustar.biz
Fri Mar 23 16:59:15 EDT 2007

I don't think that this is the appropriate venue to debate IRIS.  I 
did throw out the idea as a possibility.

At 20:43 +0000 3/23/07, <michael.dillon at bt.com> wrote:

>IRIS is a protocol based on HTML. Not a search application.

I think you meant to say XML.  IRIS has no relationship with HTML.

The reason I raise IRIS is that one of the protocol features is the 
ability for the client to authenticate itself and then be authorized 
to access data that might otherwise not be freely available.

>In order to use this, ARIN staff would have to learn XML, learn IRIS,
>build a better search application that accepts queries via IRIS, and
>then develop an IRIS client that runs on Windows, Mac OS/X and Unix.

I believe that ARIN staff members have been active in the development 
of the IRIS specifications for quite a while.  Look at
http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-crisp-iris-areg-15 and you will 
see in Appendix D and E the names of some of ARIN's staff.

ARIN staff quietly participates in lot of forward-looking activities. 
You have to be present at the standards development and engineering 
meetings to notice. ARIN doesn't highlight this activity.

As far as clients - I think you are also underestimating the power of 
open source.

>This is a multi-year 6 figure project and it still doesn't address the
>real issues which are illicit copying of the whois database and the
>functionality of the search engine that sits behind the scenes.

That may be, but sometimes benefit outweighs cost.

The search engine...isn't that already built?  The issue at hand is 
capping the output of the search.
Edward Lewis                                                +1-571-434-5468

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