Integrated Directory Services
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The Integrated Directory Services (IDS) Working Group is chartered to
facilitate the integration and interoperability of current and future
directories into a unified Internet directory service. This work will
unite directories based on a heterogeneous set of directory
services protocols (X.500, WHOIS++, etc.).
In addition to specifying technical requirements for the integration,
the IDS Working Group will also contribute to the administrative and
maintenance issues of directory service offerings by publishing
guidelines on directory data integrity, maintenance, security, and
privacy and legal issues for users and administrators of directories.
The IDS Working Group will pay special attention to the creation of an
Internet White Pages Directory Service and will sponsor and track
projects to achieve this goal and specifically take steps to facilitate
wide-spread experimentation of the protocols evolving in the ASID
The IDS Working Group will work on applications of directory technology
and will track ongoing applications projects. The IDS Working Group
will assume responsibility for the creation and maintenance of on-line
catalogs of directory services implementations. These catalogs will be
periodically published as Informational RFCs.
The IDS Working Group will take up the unfinished tasks of the WHIP -
White Pages Requirements Working Group - that was constituted at the
Seattle IETF. The WHIP Working Group set out to define the basic
requirements for a Simple Internet White Pages Service.
The IDS Working Group will liaise with the groups working on
development and deployment of the various directory service protocols.
The IDS Working Group is a combined effort of the Applications Area and
the User Services Area of the IETF.
Track emerging directory service protocols in order to identify the
need for specifying standards for interworking with other service
Liaise with groups working on deployment and development of directory
services to locate and fix interoperability problems.
Identify unfilled needs of directory service offerers,
administrators, and users.
Catalogs maintained on-line, with occasional publication as RFCs:
RFC due On-line version Name
Dec 95 Jun 95 A Catalog of WHOIS++ Implementations.
-- Patrick Faltstrom (first issue)
Dec 95 Jul 95 The On-line X.500 Directory Implementations Catalog
(on-line version of RFC 1632).
-- Chris Apple and Ken Rossen
Pilot Projects reporting to this group:
The Long Bud Project -- Internet Pilot Project for the
Deployment of X.500 Directory Information in Support of
X.400 Routing (RFC 1802)
Co-ordinator: Kevin Jordan
Lifetime: Jan 94 - Dec 96
The Internet Nomenclator Project
Co-ordinator: Joann Ordille
Lifetime: Jun 95 - Jun 97
The Internet Whois++ Project
Co-ordinator: Patrick Faltstrom
Lifetime: Jun 95 - Jun 97
The Internet X.500 (1993) Directory Project
Co-ordinator: Vincent Berkhout
Lifetime: Dec 95 - Dec 97
The Schema Registry project - identifying and publishing X.500
schema elements used on the Internet
Co-ordinator: Sri Sataluri
Lifetime: November 94 - Nov 96