Naming Guidelines for Directory Pilots (RFC1384)
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-09
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
P. Barker: AUTHOR [+2]
Deployment of a Directory will benefit from following certain guidelines. This document defines a number of naming guidelines. Alignment to these guidelines is recommended for directory pilots.
Network Working Group P. Barker
Requests for Comments 1384 University College London
Naming Guidelines for Directory Pilots
Status of this Memo
This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does
not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is
Deployment of a Directory will benefit from following certain
guidelines. This document defines a number of naming guidelines.
Alignment to these guidelines is recommended for directory pilots.
As a pre-requisite to this document, it is assumed that the COSINE
and Internet X.500 Schema is followed .
2 DIT structure
The majority of this document is concerned with DIT structure and
naming for organisations, organisational units and personal entries.
This section briefly notes three other key issues.
2.1 The top level of the DIT
The following information will be present at the top level of the
The entries should contain suitable values of the "Friendly
An international organisation is an organisation, such as the
United Nations, which inherently has a brief and scope covering
many nations. Such organisations might be considered to be
supra-national and this, indeed, is the raison-d'etre of such
organisations. Such organisations will almost all be governmental
or quasi-governmental. A multi-national organisation is an
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organisation which operates in more than one country, but is not
supra-national. This classification includes the large commercial
organisations whose production and sales are spread throughout a
large number of countries.
International organisations, may be registered at the top level.
This will not be done for multi-national organisations. The only
international organisation registered so far is: Internet. This
is not a formal registration, but is adopted for the Internet
A few localities will be registered under the root. The chief
purpose of these locality entries is to provide a "natural" parent
node for organisations which are supra-national, and yet which do
not have global authority in their particular field. Such
organisations will usually be governmental or quasi-governmental.
Example localities might include: Europe, Africa, West Indies.
Example organisations within Europe might include: European Court
of Justice, European Space Agency, European Commission.
Some information on DSAs may be needed at the top level. This
should be kept to a minimum.
The only directory information for which there is a recognised top
level registration authority is countries. Registration of other
information at the top level may potentially cause problems. At this
stage, it is argued that the benefits of additional top level
registration outweighs these problems. However, this potential