Unified Registration Data Access Protocol Query Format
draft-ietf-weirds-rdap-query-00

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Network Working Group                                          A. Newton
Internet-Draft                                                      ARIN
Intended status: Standards Track                           S. Hollenbeck
Expires: March 23, 2013                                    Verisign Labs
                                                      September 19, 2012

         Unified Registration Data Access Protocol Query Format
                    draft-ietf-weirds-rdap-query-00

Abstract

   This document describes uniform patterns to construct HTTP URLs that
   may be used to retrieve registration information from registries
   (including both Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and Domain Name
   Registries (DNRs)) using "RESTful" web access patterns.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Path Segment Specification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     2.1.  IP Network Path Segment Specification . . . . . . . . . . . 4
     2.2.  Autonomous System Path Segment Specification  . . . . . . . 5
     2.3.  Domain Path Segment Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
     2.4.  Name Server Path Segment Specification  . . . . . . . . . . 5
     2.5.  Entity Path Segment Specification . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   3.  Extensibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   4.  Internationalization Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   Appendix A.  Path Segment Specification for Search Queries  . . . . 9
   Appendix B.  Change Log . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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1.  Introduction

   This document describes a specification for querying registration
   data using a RESTful web service and uniform query patterns.  The
   service is implemented using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
   [RFC2616].

   The protocol described in this specification is intended to address
   deficiencies with the WHOIS protocol [RFC3912] that have been
   identified over time, including:

   o  Lack of standardized command structures,
   o  lack of standardized output and error structures,
   o  lack of support for internationalization and localization, and
   o  lack of support for user identification, authentication, and
      access control.

   The patterns described in this document purposefully do not encompass
   all of the methods employed in the WHOIS and RESTful web services of
   all of the RIRs and DNRs.  The intent of the patterns described here
   are to enable lookups of networks by IP address, autonomous system
   numbers by number, reverse DNS meta-data by domain, domains by name,
   name servers by name, registrars by name, and entities (such as
   contacts) by identifier.  It is envisioned that each registry will
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