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Naming Guidelines for Directory Pilots (RFC1384)

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Original Publication Date: 1993-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-09
Document File: 13 page(s) / 26K

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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. (Download file contains alternative document formats.)

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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



   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.

1  Introduction

   As a pre-requisite to this document, it is assumed that the COSINE

   and Internet X.500 Schema is followed [1].

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


   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

Barker & Hardcastle-Kille                                       [Page 1]

RFC 1384                   Naming Guidelines                January 1993

      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.


      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