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Replacing the Whois Protocol: IRIS and the IETF's CRISP Working Group
July/August 2006 (vol. 10 no. 4)
pp. 79-84
Andrew Newton, VeriSign and SunRocket
The Nicname/Whois protocol has served well, but it remains unchanged since it was first published in the early 1980s, despite great change in the infrastructure and administration of the Internet. There is now more diversity with domain names and IP networks and associated contacts, as well as among the users submitting queries via Whois. The protocol is now so fragmented in terms of information flow and output that queries yield inconsistent results under current conditions. To address the needs of today's Internet, the IETF Cross Registry Internet Service Protocol (CRISP) working group is developing a new protocol, the Internet Registry Information Service (IRIS), to replace Whois.
Index Terms:
IRIS, Whois protocol, CRISP, Internet infrastructure
Andrew Newton, "Replacing the Whois Protocol: IRIS and the IETF's CRISP Working Group," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 79-84, July-Aug. 2006, doi:10.1109/MIC.2006.86
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