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The COSINE and Internet X.500 Schema (RFC1274)

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Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 48 page(s) / 84K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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P. Barker: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document suggests an X.500 Directory Schema, or Naming Architecture, for use in the COSINE and Internet X.500 pilots. The schema is independent of any specific implementation. As well as indicating support for the standard object classes and attributes, a large number of generally useful object classes and attributes are also defined. An appendix to this document includes a machine processable version of the schema.

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Network Working Group P. Barker

Request for Comments: 1274 S. Kille

University College London

November 1991

The COSINE and Internet X.500 Schema

Status of this Memo

This RFC specifies an IAB standards track protocol for the Internet

community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.

Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol

Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document suggests an X.500 Directory Schema, or Naming

Architecture, for use in the COSINE and Internet X.500 pilots. The

schema is independent of any specific implementation. As well as

indicating support for the standard object classes and attributes, a

large number of generally useful object classes and attributes are

also defined. An appendix to this document includes a machine

processable version of the schema.

This document also proposes a mechanism for allowing the schema to

evolve in line with emerging requirements. Proformas to support this

process are included.

Corrections and additions to the schema should be sent to na-

update@cs.ucl.ac.uk list, as described within.

1. Introduction

Directory Services are a fundamental requirement of both human and

computer communications' systems. Human users need to be able to

look up various details about other people: for example, telephone

numbers, facsimile numbers and paper mail addresses. Computing

systems also need Directory Services for several purposes: for

example, to support address look-ups for a variety of services, and

to support user-friendly naming and distribution lists in electronic

mail systems.

Directory Services have recently been standardised and published as

the 1988 CCITT X.500 / ISO IS9594 recommendations [1]. The standard

provides a good basis for the provision of real services, and a

considerable amount of Directory Service piloting activity is

currently underway. In the U.S., the PSI White Pages Pilot [4] has

stimulated use of X.500 on the Internet. In Britain, the U.K.

Academic Community Directory Pilot [5] is similarly promoting use of

X.500.

2. Motivation and aims of this document

In a number of areas the X.500 standard only provides a basis for

services. One such area is the Directory's Schema or Naming

Architecture. The standard defines a number of useful object

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