Internet Nomenclator Project (RFC2258)
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-15
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
The goal of the Internet Nomenclator Project is to integrate the hundreds of publicly available CCSO servers from around the world. This document provides an overview of the Nomenclator system, describes how to register a CCSO server in the Internet Nomenclator Project, and how to use the Nomenclator search engine to find people on the Internet. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
Network Working Group J. Ordille Request for Comments: 2258 Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies Category: Informational January 1998
Internet Nomenclator Project
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This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
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The goal of the Internet Nomenclator Project is to integrate the hundreds of publicly available CCSO servers from around the world. Each CCSO server has a database schema that is tailored to the needs of the organization that owns it. The project is integrating the different database schema into one query service. The Internet Nomenclator Project will provide fast cross-server searches for locating people on the Internet. It augments existing CCSO services by supplying schema integration, more extensive indexing, and two kinds of caching -- all this in a system that scales as the number of CCSO servers grows. One of the best things about the system is that administrators can incorporate their CCSO servers into Nomenclator without changing the servers. All Nomenclator needs is basic information about the server.
This document provides an overview of the Nomenclator system, describes how to register a CCSO server in the Internet Nomenclator Project, and how to use the Nomenclator search engine to find people on the Internet.
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RFC 2258 Internet Nomenclator Project January 1998
Hundreds of organizations provide directory information through the CCSO name service protocol . Although the organizations provide a wealth of information about people, finding any one person can be difficult because each organization’s server is independent. The different servers have different database schemas (attribute names and data formats). The 300+ CCSO servers have more than 900 different attributes to describe information about people. Very few common attributes exist. Only name and email occur in more than 90% of the servers . No special support exists for cross-server searches, so searching can be slow and expensive.
The goal of the Internet Nomenclator Project is to provide fast, integrated access to the information in the CCSO servers. The project is the first large-scale use of the Nomenclator system. Nomenclator is a more general system than a white pages directory service. It is a scalable, extensible information system for the Internet.
Nomenclator answers descriptive (i.e. relational) queries. Users can locate information about people, organizations, hosts, services, publications, and other objects by describing their attributes. Nomenclator achieves fast descriptive query processing through an active catalog, and extensive meta-data and data caching. The active catalog constrains the search space for a query by returning a list of data repositories where the answer to the query is likely t...