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Plan for Internet directory services (RFC1107)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001916D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 16 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K.R. Sollins: AUTHOR

Abstract

1.1. The Issues

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Network Working Group K. Sollins

Request for Comments: 1107 M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science

July 1989

A Plan for Internet Directory Services

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1

1.1. The Issues 1

1.2. Project Summary 3

2. Goals and Requirements for a White Pages Service 6

3. Pre-existing Services 9

4. Proposed Approach 11

4.1. Stage 1: The Field Test 12

4.2. Stage 2: Implementation 17

4.3. Stage 3: Deployment 17

5. Conclusion 18

Status of this Memo

This memo proposes a program to develop a directory service for the

Internet. It reports the results of a meeting held in February 1989,

which was convened to review requirements and options for such a

service. This proposal is offered for comment, and does not

represent a committed research activity of the Internet community.

Activity in this area is anticipated, and comments should be provided

promptly. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1. Introduction

1.1. The Issues

As part of the planned growth of the Internet (in particular, in

support of the full science research community in the U.S.), an

increasing need is anticipated for various sorts of directory

services. The increase in the size of the community served by the

Internet and the burgeoning demands for electronic mail lead to the

need for a service to find people's computer mailboxes and other

relevant facts, a so-called "White Pages" service. At the user level

to date, there have been no such national or international white

pages services in general use. As part of building the National

Research Network (NRN), it is important that such a service exist,

not only within the NRN community, but also crossing the boundaries

from the NRN to the more global network community. This will enhance

communication not only among computer scientists, but also among

scientists and engineers in other fields as well. Also important and

related is a so-called "Yellow Pages" service, which permits the

location of Internet resources based on their attributes.

A "White Pages" service is one in which one can look up people in

order to learn information about them for finding them. In its

simplest form, a white pages service provides what the white pages

telephone book provides. Based on a name, one can find an address

and a telephone number. In a network environment, there may be many

other kinds of location information, such as ele...