[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-11: Purpose and Scope of WHOIS Directory (fwd)

Alec H. Peterson ahp at hilander.com
Thu Aug 21 17:03:32 EDT 2003

I should have pointed out that this is a message Ted Hardie sent to me and 
asked that I forward to ppml on his behalf.


--On Thursday, August 21, 2003 2:58 PM -0600 "Alec H. Peterson" 
<ahp at hilander.com> wrote:

> Alec,
> 	There is a good bit of work going on in the IETF related to
> a replacement protocol for administrative directory services.  CRISP,
> as the working group is known, is currently in the process of selecting
> between two candidate protocols, IRIS and FIRS.  One of the lessons
> learned by the group so far is that the phrase "using the LDAP protocol"
> is near worthless for describing what must actually happen to publish
> whois-like data.  FIRS is based on LDAP, but it has required 7 fairly
> long documents so far to begin the process of demonstrating how
> a service based on LDAP can work in this environment.  This is
> not simple stuff, and a realistic question to the membership would
> have to take into account more than what access protocol is used.
> The key question, indeed, may be whether you expect that off-the-shelf
> LDAP clients will be able to access the service.  CRISP no longer
> expects this. I also encourage  your membership to read:
> draft-newton-ldap-whois-03 for a description  of the effort to put domain
> name administrative data into a "stock" LDAP directory.
> 	I do not believe I currently have the right to send mail to ppml from
> this account, but you are welcome to forward this message there if you
> feel it would be valuable.  Note, however, that I am speaking as an
> individual, not as CRISP chair.
> 			regards,
> 				Ted Hardie
> At 1:24 PM -0600 08/21/2003, Alec H. Peterson wrote:
>> --On Thursday, August 21, 2003 11:37 AM -0400 Member Services
>> <memsvcs at arin.net> wrote:
>>> 7. ARIN will publish the whois directory in three forms using the whois
>>> protocol on port 43, bulk copies available by FTP and using the LDAP
>>> protocol.
>> Could we please have a show of hands of the number of people who
>> would use LDAP as opposed to other methods to access whois data if
>> it were available?
>> Thanks,
>> Alec
>> ARIN AC Chair
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