The traditional WHOIS protocol has several important shortcomings,
and over the past few years several approaches to a better WHOIS have
been discussed and proposed.
Among these shortcomings, different registries operate different
WHOIS services. For users this implies that several WHOIS queries to
different registries may be necessary in order to obtain data for a
This document describes a proof-of-concept redirection service for
RESTful WHOIS queries as implemented by LACNIC. This service allows
users to query a single WHOIS service and be redirected to the
The main goal of this document is to encourage discussion on the
topics of Joint WHOIS services and query redirection in a RESTful
The solution implemented by LACNIC proposed here applies to numbering
resources (IPv4, IPv6 and autonomous system numbers).