Whois and Network Information Lookup Service (wnils) Concluded WG

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WG Name Whois and Network Information Lookup Service
Acronym wnils
Area User Services Area (usv)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-wnils-01 Approved
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Personnel Chair Joan Gargano
Area Director April Marine
Mailing list Address ietf-wnils@ucdavis.edu
To subscribe ietf-wnils-request@ucdavis.edu
Archive ftp://ucdavis.edu/archive/wnils

Charter for Working Group

The Network Information Center maintains the central ``NICNAME''
database and server, defined in RFC 954, providing on-line look-up of
individuals, network organizations, key nodes, and other information
of interest to those who use the Internet. Other distributed
directory information servers and information retrieval tools have
been developed and it is anticipated more will be created. Many sites
now maintain local directory servers with information about
individuals, departments and services at that specific site.
Typically these directory servers are network accessible. Because
these servers are local, there are now wide variations in the type of
data stored, access methods, search schemes, and user interfaces. The
purpose of the Whois and Network Information Lookup Service (WNILS)
Working Group is to expand and define the standard for WHOIS services,
to resolve issues associated with the variations in access and to
promote a consistent and predictable service across the network.

Milestones

Date Milestone
Done Submit a revised WHOIS protocol specification and index service document to the IESG for consideration as a Draft Standard.
Done Submit the Whois and Network Information Lookup Service Recommendations document as an Informational RFC.
Done Submit the ``Architecture of the WHOIS++ Index Service'' to the IESG for consideration as an Informational RFC. Published as an Proposed Standard.
Done Post the revised WHOIS protocol and index service document as an Internet-Draft.
Done Post the ``Architecture of the Whois++ Index Service'' as an Internet-Draft.
Done Post the Whois and Network Information Lookup Service Recommendations document as an Internet-Draft.
Done Review and approve the charter making any changes deemed necessary. Examine the particular functional needs for expanded whois directory service. Begin work on a framework for recommendations. Assign writing assignments for first draft of document.