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Deployment of the Internet White Pages Service (RFC2148) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002704D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 12 page(s) / 29K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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H. Alvestrand: AUTHOR [+1]


The Internet is used for information exchange and communication between its users. It can only be effective as such if users are able to find each other's addresses. Therefore the Internet benefits from an adequate White Pages Service, i.e., a directory service offering (Internet) address information related to people and organizations.

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Network Working Group H. Alvestrand

Request for Comments: 2148 UNINETT

BCP: 15 P. Jurg

Category: Best Current Practice SURFnet

September 1997

Deployment of the Internet White Pages Service

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the

Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1. Summary and recommendations

This document makes the following recommendations for organizations

on the Internet:

(1) An organization SHOULD publish public E-mail addresses and

other public address information about Internet users

within their site.

(2) Most countries have laws concerning publication of

information about persons. Above and beyond these, the

organization SHOULD follow the recommendations of [1].

(3) The currently preferable way for publishing the information

is by using X.500 as its data structure and naming scheme

(defined in [4] and discussed in [3], but some countries

use a refinement nationally, like [15] for the US). The

organization MAY additionally publish it using additional

data structures such as whois++.

(4) The organization SHOULD make the published information

available to LDAP clients, by allowing LDAP servers access

to their data".

(5) The organization SHOULD NOT attempt to charge for simple

access to the data.

In addition, it makes the following recommendations for various and

sundry other parties:

(1) E-mail vendors SHOULD include LDAP lookup functionality

into their products, either as built-in functionality or by

providing translation facilities.

(2) Internet Service providers SHOULD help smaller

organizations follow this recommendation, either by providing

services for hosting their data, by helping them find other

parties to do so, or by helping them bring their own service


(3) All interested parties SHOULD make sure there exists a core

X.500 name space in the world, and that all names in this

name space are resolvable. (National name spaces may

elobarate on the core name space).

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