ASID charter - last call!!

Tim Howes <> Sun, 22 May 1994 15:06 UTC

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[[ sorry for the cross post - last time, I promise! ]]

Sorry for the delay in getting this out.  But here's the proposed final
version of the ASID working group charter.  I will incorporate comments
I receive before this Friday, May 27.  On Friday, I'll submit the charter
so we can be a real working group.                             -- Tim


Access and Synchronization of the Internet Directory (ASID)

	Tim Howes <>

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	Erik Huizer <>

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	Erik Huizer <>
	John Klensin <>

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Description of Working Group:

There is a clear need to provide and deploy a well managed Directory
Service for the Internet. A so-called White Pages Directory Service
providing people and organizational information, is especially long
overdue.  While the ultimate goal is a general Directory Service for
the Internet, this is too ambitious a goal to be tackled by a single
Working Group. Therefore ASID will keep a tight focus on access and
synchronization protocols for a White Pages Internet Directory Service.
Other related Working Groups will be formed in the Applications area
that will deal with other aspects of the Internet Directory Service.

Currently there are various protocols under development in the Internet
that aim to provide such a service: Internet X.500, WHOIS++, NETFIND,
CSO, RWhois, etc.  To allow these services to evolve to a ubiquitous
Internet Directory Service, a hybrid system that allows interaction
between the various different services is a requirement.

The ASID working group will define, evolve, and standardize protocols,
algorithms and accesss methods for Directory Service on the Internet.
Similar or related work items in this area already completed or
underway by other groups include the Lightweight Directory Access
Protocols (LDAP and Connectionless LDAP), the User Friendly Naming
(UFN) and User Friendly Searching (UFS) specifications (all developed
for internet X.500), much of the World-Wide-Web-based efforts,
including the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and UR* work, the
SOLO directory access and searching system, the WHOIS++ directory
service, and the NETFIND directory service.

The group will focus on harmonizing, evolving and developing protocols
and algorithms that deal with access to and synchronization of
Directory Service, both ad hoc and standards-based, with a goal of
converging where possible towards a hybrid system that ties together
various forms of Directory Service.  Clearly, protocol-level
integration is only part of the solution.  But to keep this group
tightly focused, harmonizing directory information and service models
will be tackled by other WGs.


July 94	SOLO revised Internet Draft published

Sept 94	SOLO Internet Draft submitted as Proposed Internet Standard

July 94	CLDAP Internet Draft submitted as Proposed Internet Standard

July 94	X.500 URL Internet Draft published

Sept 94	LDAP URL Internet Draft published

Sept 94	SOLO URL Internet Draft published

Sept 94	Stand-alone LDAP Internet Draft published (LDAP without X.500)

Nov 94	Revised versions of all I-Ds

Jan 94	Submit all I-Ds as Proposed Internet Standard