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Introduction to White Pages Services based on X.500 (RFC1684)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002522D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Document File: 10 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

P. Jurg: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1684: DOI

Abstract

The document provides an introduction to the international ITU-T (formerly CCITT) X.500 and ISO 9594 standard, which is particularly suited for providing an integrated local and global electronic White Pages Service. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.

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Network Working Group P. Jurg Request for Comments: 1684 SURFnet bv Category: Informational August 1994

Introduction to White Pages Services based on X.500

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This document aims at organisations who are using local and global electronic communication on a day to day basis and for whom using an electronic White Pages Service is therefore indispensable.

The document provides an introduction to the international ITU-T (formerly CCITT) X.500 and ISO 9594 standard, which is particularly suited for providing an integrated local and global electronic White Pages Service.

In addition a short overview of the experience gained from the Paradise X.500 pilot is given. References to more detailed information are included.

The document should be useful for managers of the above mentioned organisations who need to get the necessary executive commitment for making the address information of their organisation available by means of X.500.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction ................................................ 2 2. Concept of X.500 ............................................ 3 2.1 Directory Model ......................................... 3 2.2 Information Model ....................................... 4 3. Benefits of X.500 .......................................... 5 4. Organisational aspects of X.500(experience from Paradise) .. 6 5. Applications of X.500 ...................................... 8 6. References ................................................. 9 7. Security Considerations .................................... 10 8. Author’s Address ........................................... 10

RARE Working Group on Network Applications Support [Page 1]

RFC 1684 Introduction to X.500 White Pages Services August 1994

1. Introduction

Due to the tremendous growth and development of international computer networks we have nowadays the possibility to overcome - without having to travel - geographical distances when working together with other people. Besides the possibility of using the telephone we may use electronic data exchange to discuss working documents, new ideas, plans or whatsoever. One of the most popular means for this is electronic mail, which can be used to exchange all kinds of electronic data: from informal pure text messages to formatted and multi-media documents.

As the number of people connected to computer networks grows (and it does continuously, it is at least doubling each year!), it becomes more difficult to track down people’s electronic (mail) addresses. Hence, in order to make global communication over computer networks work, a global White Pages service is indispensable. Such a service should of course provide people’s electronic mail addresses, but could also easily contain telephone and fax numbers and postal addresses.

Currently, one technica...

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