Roadmap to a New Domain Name Registration Data Access Protocol (WHOIS)

As mentioned earlier this month ICANN is moving towards a new WHOIS eco system.

ICANN is pleased to announce the posting of the draft
roadmap to implement ICANN’s Security and Stability Advisory Committee’s Report on Domain Name WHOIS Terminology and Structure (SAC 051). To make or view comments click here. The SSAC report specifically targets, among other things, the “internationalization” of the WHOIS protocol, reflecting concern about the inability of the current WHOIS protocol to consistently handle non-ASCII data. Additionally, SAC 051 recommends terminology to be used to clarify discussions where traditionally the terms Whois or WHOIS have been used. This roadmap explores the coordination of the technical and policy discussions necessary to implement the recommendations outlined in SAC 051: SSAC Report on Domain Name WHOIS Terminology and Structure.

A public workshop will be held during the ICANN meeting in Costa Rica next month March. This workshop will provide ICANN extra time to consult with experts and the community regarding a new WHOIS eco system and setup the road map to an updated Domain Name Registration Data Access Protocol.

Domain Name Registration Data Access Protocol ?
According to the road map, the proposal is to adopt a new terminology to ensure a well-defined and coherent taxonomy that can be used in both the technical and policy discussions where precision is needed.

  • For example :
    Domain Name Registration Data (DNRD). The data that domain name registrants provide when registering a domain name and that registrars or registries collects.
    • Domain Name Registration Data Access Protocol (DNRD-AP). The components of a (standard) communications exchange—queries and responses—that specify the access to DNRD.
    • Doman Name Registration Data Directory Service (DNRD-DS). The service(s) offered by domain name registries and registrars to implement the DNRD-AP and to provide access to DNRD-DSD.

It is expected that the report will be finalized prior to the ICANN meeting in June 2012.

For those who are interested to read more regarding the “roadmap” please visit this link.

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