draft-ietf-asid-whois-schema-02.txt   draft-ietf-asid-whois-schema-03.txt 
ASID Working Group Patrik Faltstrom ASID Working Group Patrik Faltstrom
INTERNET-DRAFT Tele2/Swipnet INTERNET-DRAFT Tele2/Swipnet
Expires April 1998 Martin Hamilton Expires Septebmer 1998 Martin Hamilton
Loughborough University Loughborough University
Leslie L. Daigle Leslie L. Daigle
Bunyip Information Systems, Inc. Bunyip Information Systems, Inc.
Jon Knight Jon Knight
Loughborough University Loughborough University
October 1997
WHOIS++ templates WHOIS++ templates
Filename: draft-ietf-asid-whois-schema-02.txt Filename: draft-ietf-asid-whois-schema-03.txt
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This document is an Internet-Draft. Internet-Drafts are working This document is an Internet-Draft. Internet-Drafts are working
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Abstract Abstract
WHOIS++ is a simple Internet search and retrieval protocol, WHOIS++ is a simple Internet search and retrieval protocol,
specified in RFC 1835, which allows clients and servers to exchange specified in [1], which allows clients and servers to exchange
structured data objects known as templates. In the interests of structured data objects known as templates. In the interests of
interoperability it is desirable to have a common base schema for interoperability it is desirable to have a common base schema for
these templates. This document suggests a schema drawn from these templates. This document suggests a schema drawn from
implementation and deployment experience to date with WHOIS++. implementation and deployment experience to date with WHOIS++.
Table of Contents: Table of Contents:
1. Purpose and motivation 1. Purpose and motivation
2. Scope of this document 2. Scope of this document
3. What we did 3. What we did
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5. Cluster definitions 5. Cluster definitions
6. Template definitions 6. Template definitions
7. System templates 7. System templates
8. Security considerations 8. Security considerations
9. Conclusions 9. Conclusions
10. Acknowledgements 10. Acknowledgements
11. References 11. References
12. Authors' addresses 12. Authors' addresses
A. APPENDIX A: Description of elementary attribute values A. APPENDIX A: Description of elementary attribute values
B. APPENDIX B: Representing the Dublin Core in WHOIS++ B. APPENDIX B: Representing the Dublin Core in WHOIS++
C. APPENDIX C: Representing the Internet Whitepages Schema (IWPS) in C. APPENDIX C: Representing the Internet Whitepages Schema
WHOIS++ (IWPS) in WHOIS++
1. Purpose and motivation 1. Purpose and motivation
The goal of this document is to stimulate discussion on the issue of The goal of this document is to stimulate discussion on the issue of
templates for WHOIS++ [1] databases. templates for WHOIS++ [1] databases.
In particular we would like to recommend a few typical templates and In particular we would like to recommend a few typical templates and
a set of attributes for them. By recommending the use of particular a set of attributes for them. By recommending the use of particular
templates, we hope to standardize WHOIS++ databases and thus make templates, we hope to standardize WHOIS++ databases and thus make
them easier to search. them easier to search.
Of course we cannot demand that everyone use the same templates, but Of course we cannot demand that everyone use the same templates, but
it is still a good idea to recommend that people derive their own it is still a good idea to recommend that people derive their own
templates from well known exemples. Amongst other things this allows templates from well known exemples. Amongst other things this allows
clients to behave rationally for all fields in a "base class". clients to behave rationally for all fields in a "base class".
2. Scope of this document 2.. Scope of this document
Note that we are not trying to describe all possible information that Note that we are not trying to describe all possible information that
could be put in a database but rather to cover common and useful could be put in a database but rather to cover common and useful
elements. elements.
3. What we did 3. What we did
We looked at IETF drafts, the content of deployed WHOIS++ servers, We looked at IETF drafts, the content of deployed WHOIS++ servers,
other White and Yellow Pages servers, and at the work of the Dublin other White and Yellow Pages servers, and at the work of the Dublin
Core group [2] on cataloguing on-line document-like objects. Core group [2] on cataloguing on-line document-like objects.
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domo@bunyip.com with the message body "subscribe whoispp-schema" to domo@bunyip.com with the message body "subscribe whoispp-schema" to
join the list. join the list.
10. Acknowledgements 10. Acknowledgements
Thanks to Lorcan Dempsey and Rachel Heery for their comments on draft Thanks to Lorcan Dempsey and Rachel Heery for their comments on draft
versions of this document, and to Francois Perrault for initial work versions of this document, and to Francois Perrault for initial work
on WHOIS++ template usage. on WHOIS++ template usage.
This work was supported in part by UK Electronic Libraries Programme This work was supported in part by UK Electronic Libraries Programme
(eLib) grant 12/39/01, the European Commission's Telematics for Research (eLib) grant 12/39/01, the European Commission's Telematics for
Programme, grant RE 1004, and National Science Foundation grant Research Programme, grant RE 1004, and National Science Foundation
NCR-9521074. grant NCR-9521074.
11. References 11. References
Request for Comments (RFC) documents and Internet Drafts are available Request for Comments (RFC) documents and Internet Drafts are available
from <URL:ftp://ftp.internic.net/rfc/>, and numerous mirror sites. from <URL:ftp://ftp.internic.net/rfc/>, and numerous mirror sites.
[1] P. Deutsch, R. Schoultz, P. Faltstrom and C. Weider. "Archi- [1] P. Deutsch, R. Schoultz, P. Faltstrom and C. Weider. "Archi-
tecture of the WHOIS++ service", RFC 1835. August 1995. tecture of the WHOIS++ service", RFC 1835. August 1995.
An update to this document is <draft-ietf-asid-whoispp-02.txt>.
[2] S. Weibel. "Metadata: The Foundations of Resource Descrip- [2] S. Weibel. "Metadata: The Foundations of Resource Descrip-
tion", D-Lib Magazine, July 1995. tion", D-Lib Magazine, July 1995.
<URL:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/dlib/dlib/July95/07weibel.html> <URL:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/dlib/dlib/July95/07weibel.html>
<URL:http://www.dlib.org/dlib/July95/07weibel.html> <URL:http://www.dlib.org/dlib/July95/07weibel.html>
[3] P. Deutsch, A. Emtage, M. Koster, and M. Stumpf. "Publishing [3] P. Deutsch, A. Emtage, M. Koster, and M. Stumpf. "Publishing
Information on the Internet with Anonymous FTP", Internet Draft Information on the Internet with Anonymous FTP", Internet Draft
(work in progress), June 1995. (work in progress), June 1995.
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