Naming Guidelines for Directory Pilots (RFC1384)
Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
P. Barker: AUTHOR [+1]
This document defines a number of naming guidelines. Alignment to these guidelines is recommended for directory pilots. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.
Network Working Group P. Barker Requests for Comments 1384 University College London S.E. Hardcastle-Kille ISODE Consortium January 1993
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 unlimited.
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 DIT:
Participating Countries The entries should contain suitable values of the "Friendly Country" attribute.
International Organisations 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 Directory Service.
Localities 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.
DSA Information 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 prob...