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RFC 1689

 
 
 

A Status Report on Networked Information Retrieval: Tools and Groups

Part 5 of 7, p. 130 to 159
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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:                      cni-architecture@cni.org

  Administration:               listproc@cni.org
                                SUB cni-architecture Lastname Firstname

  Archive:

    URL:ftp://ftp.cni.org/CNI/forums/cni-architecture/*
    URL:gopher//gopher.cni.org 70/CNI Working Group Forums/
        cni-architecture/*

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 News groups:                   None

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 Document Archive:              None

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 Bibliography:                  None

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 Other Information:             None

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 Date template updated or checked: 1st March, 1994
 By: Name:          Craig A. Summerhill
     Email address: craig@cni.org

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 NIR Group Name:               Directories and Information Resource
                                 Services Working Group

 Sponsoring Organisation:      Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

 Working subgroups:
    Name of subgroup:          TopNode Management Team

    Mailinglist-Address:       cni-directories@cni.org

 Description of main group:

  This group recognizes the need for open systems, standards, and
  therefore, interoperable products and services based upon a
  distributed architecture of servers that draw upon a common or at
  least comparable set of data elements.  It is creating a (printed
  and networked) directory of directories and resource information
  services that provide qualitative (consumer) as well as descriptive
  information.  The group supports the Library of Congress effort to
  enhance the MARC formats to account for the cataloging requirements of
  networked resources and services, and the National Science Foundation
  effort to procure a new NSFNet Network Information Center.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                         George Brett

  Email address:                George.Brett@cnidr.org

  Postal Address:

   Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
   Center for Communications at MCNC
   PO Box 12889, 3021 Cornwallis Road
   Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-2889
   USA

  Telephone:                    +1-919-248-1499

  Fax:                          +1-919-248-1101

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  Name:                         Peggy Seiden

  Email address:                pseiden@skidmore.edu

  Postal Address:               Scribner Library
                                Skidmore College
                                North Broadway
                                Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

  Telephone:                    +1-518-584-5000 ext. 2126

  Fax:

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:                      cni-directories@cni.org

  Administration:               listproc@cni.org
                                SUB cni-directories Lastname Firstname

  Archive:

  URL:ftp://ftp.cni.org/CNI/forums/cni-directories/*
  URL:gopher//gopher.cni.org 70/Coalition Working Groups /
      WG E-mail Forums/CNI-directories/*

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 News groups:                   None

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 Document Archive:

  Location details
       Site:                    ftp.cni.org
       Directory:               /CNI/forums/cni-directories/*

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 Official Publications:         None

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 Date template updated or checked: 1st March, 1994
 By: Name:          Craig A. Summerhill
     Email address: craig@cni.org

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 NIR Group Name:            TopNode for Networked Information Resources,
                            Services, and Tools

 Sponsoring Organisation:   Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
                            Directories and Information Resource
                            Services Working Group

 Working subgroups:
    Name of subgroup:
    Mailinglist-Address:

 Description of main group:

   (from ARL Newsletter #164 -- September 9, 1992)

      The Coalition's TopNode Project is creating a directory of
      directories, catalogs and aids of networked information resources,
      services and tools.  The project is intended to facilitate the
      network navigational duties, responsibilities and tasks of staff
      in libraries, computer centers, networking offices and other
      similar operations.  The primary product of the TopNode project
      will be a set of records describing these networked information
      resources, records that can be loaded into a wide range of
      database management systems.

      Based on their response to a Call for Statements of Interest and
      Experience, Indiana University and Merit Network, Inc.  were
      chosen to lead the development effort on the Coalition TopNode
      project.  Pete Percival, Manager, Academic Information Environment
      at Indiana University and Craig Summerhill, Coalition Systems
      Coordinator, have completed the design for the database structure
      which is being built on the Coalition's Internet fileserver using
      BRS/SEARCH.  Based on earlier work of the leaders of the
      Directories and Resource Information Services Working Group,
      George Brett II of the University of North Carolina General
      Administration and Peggy Seiden of Skidmore College Library,
      Percival and Summerhill have developed a data structure that they
      believe to be both flexible and responsive to the needs of the
      many interested parties who have been consulted.

      Under the direction of Gary Charbonneau of the Indiana University
      Libraries, records are being created and prepared for loading.  A

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      thesaurus of added descriptor terms is being maintained.  As of
      mid-August 1992, close to 200 records had been verified and had
      received descriptive cataloging.

      When the database is complete, libraries will be alerted and
      encouraged to mount the TopNode records into their online
      catalogs.  Records will be available from the Coalition.  In
      addition, MERIT will use the TopNode database in an experiment to
      test the viability of the X.500 directory format standard for
      providing yellow pages-type services (e.g., with subject access).
      After its initial release, the database will be maintained by
      Indiana University libraries on the Coalition server; BRS has
      assisted in the development of procedures for online data entry.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                         Pete Percival

  Email address:                percival@indiana.edu

  Postal Address:               Indiana State University

  Telephone:                    +1-812-855-9146

  Fax:                          +1-812-855-0299

                           ------------------

  Name:                         Craig Summerhill

  Email address:                craig@cni.org

  Postal Address:               Coalition for Networked Information
                                21 Dupont Cricle, N.W.
                                Washington, D.C. 20036
                                USA

  Telephone:                    +1-202-296-5098

  Fax:                          +1-202-872-0884

                           ------------------

  Name:                         Gary Charbonneau

  Email address:                charbonn@indiana.edu

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  Postal Address:               Indiana University

  Telephone:

  Fax:

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 Mailing Lists:                 None

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 News groups:                   None

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 Document Archive:

  Location details
       Site:                    ftp.cni.org
       Directory:               /CNI/projects/topnode/*

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 Official Publications:

  Status Report - TopNode Directory of Directories.  Pete Percival.
  Presented at Coalition's 1992 Fall Task Force meeting, Landsdowne VA

  site: gopher.cni.org/ Coalition FTP archives / Coalition Projects /
        TopNode / *

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 Bibliography:                  None

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 Other Information:

  The Coalition has an alpha implementation of Topnode setup using the
  BRS/SEARCH full text information retrieval software.  This database
  was created during the data element definition portion of the project,
  so the data may not be of production-level service quality.

  URL:telnet://brsuser

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 CNIDR

 Date template updated or checked: 1st March, 1994
 By: Name:          Jane Smith
     Email address: Jane.Smith@cnidr.org

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 NIR Group Name:                 Clearinghouse for Networked Information
                                                 Discovery and Retrieval

 Sponsoring Organisation:        National Science Foundation,
                                 Center for Communications at MCNC

 Working subgroups:
    Name of subgroup:
    Mailinglist-Address:

 Description of main group:

  Several user-friendly client-server software tools have  been
  developed recently for locating and retrieving information
  published on computer platforms reachable over wide-area data
  communications networks like the Internet. Among them, freeWAIS
  (freely available wide-area information system), the Internet
  Gopher, archie, and the WorldWide Web (WWW) have become popular.
  freeWAIS, archie, and Gopher indicate where information of
  interest is likely to reside and then assist the user in locating
  specific information. WWW permits a user to thread a path through
  the network by selecting tagged hypertext items.

  While focused on the evolution of wide-area information retrieval
  systems, the Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery
  and Retrieval (CNIDR) works closely with developers of other
  tools toward providing compatibility, consistency, and, to the
  extent possible, convergence of the tools.

  Specific activities are to provide a central focus and forum for
  networked information discovery and retrieval (NIDR) tools and to
  minimize the divergence of individual implementations by
  providing a repository for the collection, evaluation, and
  distribution of protocol-compliant releases and enhanced
  versions.

  CNIDR participates in standards and policy associations such as
  the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Coalition for
  Networked Information, with the goal of increasing consensus
  among developers and exploring appropriate uses of networked

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  information. CNIDR also actively promotes the use of networked
  information discovery and retrieval tools at many national and
  international conferences to inform and educate implementors and
  end users.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                         George Brett

  Email address:                George.Brett@cnidr.org

  Postal Address:

   Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
     (CNIDR)
   Center for Communications at MCNC
   PO Box 12889, 3021 Cornwallis Road
   Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-2889 USA

  Telephone:                    +1-919-248-1886

  Fax:                          +1-919-248-1101

                           ------------------

  Name:                         Jane Smith

  Email address:                Jane.Smith@cnidr.org

  Postal Address:

   Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
     (CNIDR)
   Center for Communications at MCNC
   PO Box 12889, 3021 Cornwallis Road
   Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-2889 USA

  Telephone:                    +1-919-248-9213

  Fax:                          +1-919-248-1101

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  Name:                         Jim Fullton

  Email address:                Jim.Fullton@cnidr.org

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  Postal Address:

   Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
    (CNIDR)
   Center for Communications at MCNC
   PO Box 12889, 3021 Cornwallis Road
   Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-2889 USA

  Telephone:                    +1-919-248-9247

  Fax:                          +1-919-248-1101

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              info@cnidr.org

  Administration:       none.

  Description:          e-mail sent to this address will receive an
                        automated response containing more information
                        about current CNIDR activities.

  Archive:              none

                    -------------------------------

 Mailing Lists:         zip@cnidr.org

  Address:              zip@cnidr.org

  Administration:       zip-request@cnidr.org
                        sub zip Lastname Firstname

  Description:          Technical discussion of Z39.50-92 application
                        development. Subscribers receive brief overview
                        of project and information on how to access
                        archives.

  Archive:

       ftp://ftp.cnidr.org/NIDR.tools/zip
       gopher://gopher.cnidr.org/NIDR Tools/Discussion/Online Discussion

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 News groups:                   None

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 Document Archive:              ftp.cnidr.org

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 Official Publications:         None

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 Bibliography:                  None

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 Other Information:             info@cnidr.org

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 IETF Groups

   The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the protocol
   engineering, development and standardisation arm of the Internet.  It
   has grown to be a large open international community of network
   designers, operators, vendors and researchers concerned with the
   evolution of the Internet protocol architecture and the smooth
   operation of the Internet.

   IETF Information including RFCs and Internet Drafts is available by
   anonymous FTP from several sites.

   East Coast (US) Address: ds.internic.net

   West Coast (US) Address: ftp.isi.edu

   Europe Address: nic.nordu.net

   Pacific Rim Address: munnari.oz.au

         (The Internet-Drafts on this machine are stored in Unix
          compressed form (.Z).)

   In addition the information is available via gopher from
   cnri.reston.va.us under the menu item "Internet Society".

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 IDS

 Date template updated or checked: 21 October, 1993
 By: Name:          Chris Weider
     Email address: clw@bunyip.com

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 NIR Group Name:          Integrated Directory Services (IDS)

 Sponsoring Organisation: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

 Working subgroups:       NONE

 Description of main group:

   The Integrated Directory Services Working Group (IDS) is chartered to
   facilitate the integration and interoperability of current and future
   directory services into a unified directory service.  This work will
   unite directory services based on a heterogeneous set of directory
   services protocols (X.500, WHOIS++, etc.).  In addition to specifying
   technical requirements for the integration, the IDS group will also
   contribute to the administrative and maintenance issues of directory
   service offerings by publishing guidelines on directory data
   integrity, maintenance, security, and privacy and legal issues for
   users and administrators of directories.

   Membership is open, and is not limited to IETF attendees.  A full
   charter for this group is available for anonymous FTP from
   ds.internic.net as ids-charter.txt in directory ietf/ids.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                         Chris Weider, Chair

  Email address:                clw@bunyip.com

  Postal Address:               2001 South Huron Parkway 12
                                Ann Arbor
                                Michigan
                                48104, USA

  Telephone:                    +1-313-971-2223

  Fax:                          +1-313-971-2223

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:                      ietf-ids@umich.edu

  Administration:               ietf-ids-request@umich.edu

  Archive:                      Anonymous FTP to merit.edu, directory
                                /pub/ietf-ids/archive.

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 Document Archive:

  Location details:
       Site: ds.internic.net or any Internet Draft Server (see
        sub-section entitled IETF groups)
       Directory: internet-drafts. All IDS document file names start
        with either draft-ietf-disi or draft-ietf-ids.

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 Official Publications:         None.

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 Bibliography:

  Document Title: FYI 11, RFC 1292, "Catalog of Available X.500
    Implementations", R. Lang, R. Wright.
  Location details: Available for anonymous FTP from
     Site: ds.internic.net
     Full file name: RFC-1292.txt

  An update of this document is in preparation:
  Document Title: "A Revised Catalog of Available X.500
    Implementations", A. Getchell, S. Sataluri.
  Location details: Available for anonymous FTP from
     Site: ds.internic.net
     Full file name: draft-ietf-ids-catalog-00.txt

  Document Title: FYI 21, RFC 1491, "A Survey of Advanced Usages of
    X.500", C. Weider, R. Wright.
  Location details: Available for anonymous FTP from
     Site: ds.internic.net
     Full file name: RFC-1491.txt

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   Marine, A, X.500 Pilot Projects, June 1993. Available as
   draft-ietf-ids-pilots-00.txt from any Internet Draft server.

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 IIIR

 Date template updated or checked: 14 March, 1994
 By: Name:          Chris Weider
     Email address: clw@bunyip.com

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 NIR Group Name:  Integration of Internet Information Resources (IIIR)

 Sponsoring Organisation: Internet Engineering Task Forces (IETF)

 Working subgroups:  None

 Description of main group:

   The IIIR group was chartered in September 1992 to facilitate
   interoperability between and integration of the various Internet
   information services (Archie, Gopher, WAIS, etc.), just as the IETF
   was founded to facilitate the integration of various LANs running
   different protocols. It will develop, specify, and align protocols to
   integrate the services into a single "virtually unified information
   service" (VUIS).

   Also, where necessary for interoperability, IIIR will create
   technical documentation for protocols used for information services
   in the internet.

   Membership is open, and is not limited to IETF attendees. A full
   charter for this group is available via anonymous FTP from
   ds.internic.net as ietf/iiir/iiir-charter.txt

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                         Chris Weider, Chair

  Email address:                clw@bunyip.com

  Postal Address:               2001 South Huron Parkway 12
                                Ann Arbor
                                Michigan
                                48104
                                USA

  Telephone:                    +1-313-971-2223

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  Fax:                          +1-313-971-2223
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  Address:                      iiir@merit.edu

  Administration:               iiir-request@merit.edu

  Archive:                      Anonymous FTP, iiir/archive

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 Document Archive:

  Location details:
   Site: ds.internic.net or any Internet Draft Server (see sub-section
    entitled IETF groups).
   Directory: internet-drafts
   All IIIR document file names start with the string 'draft-ietf-iiir-'

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 Official Publications:         None.

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 Bibliography:

   Weider, Chris, and Peter Deutsch, 'A vision of an integrated Internet
   information service', Internet Draft, March 1993. Available as
   draft-ietf-iiir-vision-00.txt from any Internet Draft server.

   Weider, Chris, 'Resource Transponders', Internet Draft, March 1993.
   Available as draft-ietf-iiir-transponder-00.txt from any Internet
   Draft server.

   Ankelesaria, et al, 'The Internet Gopher Protocol', RFC 1436, March
   1993. Available from any RFC repository.

   Berners-Lee, Tim. 'Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)', Internet Draft,
   March 1993. Available as draft-ietf-iiir-html-00.ps from any Internet
   Draft server.

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 Other Information:

  This is a new area, one with lots of interesting open problems and
  the potential to help shape the future of information services on the
  Internet. Even if you can't make the IETF meetings, you are
  strongly encouraged to join the group and contribute.

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 NIR

  Date template updated or checked: 1st March, 1994
  By: Name:          Jill Foster
      Email address: Jill.Foster@newcastle.ac.uk

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 NIR Group Name: Networked Information Retrieval Working Group (NIR-WG)

 Sponsoring Organisation: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and
RARE (Association of European Research Networks)

 Working subgroups:     None

 Description of main group:

   There are many organizations and associations that have begun to
   focus on the proliferating resources and tools for networked
   information retrieval (NIR).  The Networked Information Retrieval
   Group will be a cooperative effort of three major players in the
   field of NIR: IETF, RARE, and the Coalition for Networked Information
   (CNI) specifically tasked to collect and disseminate information
   about the tools and to discuss and encourage cooperative development
   of current and future tools such as the archie servers, the Wide Area
   Information Servers (WAIS), the Internet Gopher, and the WorldWide
   Web (WWW).

   The NIR Working Group intends to increase the useful base of
   information about networked information retrieval (NIR) tools, their
   developers, interested organizations, and other activities that
   relate to the production, dissemination, and support of NIR tools.

   Membership is open and is not limited to attendees of the quarterly
   IETF meetings; the mailing list is open to all.  The NIR-WG charter
   is available via anonymous ftp from the various IETF repositories as
   nir-charter.txt.

 Goals:

   To disseminate information about NIR tools and those groups working
   on them.  The information in the NIR Status report will be updated
   and new entries added as appropriate once per year.  This report will
   be submitted as an RFC.

   Current work includes discussing the criteria for evaluating the
   major NIR tools available.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Jill Foster

  Email address:        Jill.Foster@newcastle.ac.uk

  Postal Address:       Computing Service
                        University of Newcastle upon Tyne
                        Newcastle upon Tyne
                        NE1 7RU
                        U.K.

  Telephone:            +44-91-222-8250

  Fax:                  +44-91-222-8765

                   ---------------------------------

  Name:                 Kevin Gamiel

  Email address:        kevin.gamiel@cnidr.org

  Postal Address:

  Clearinghouse for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval
  Center for Communications - MCNC
  PO Box 12889  3021 Cornwallis Road
  Research Triangle Park, NC  27709-2889
  U.S.A.

  Telephone:            +1-919-248-1886

  Fax:                  +1-919-248-1101

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              nir@mailbase.ac.uk

  Administration:       Auto subscriptions to: mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk
                        "subscribe nir firstname lastname"
                        Human admin to: nir-request@mailbase.ac.uk

  Description:

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  Archive:              ftp://mailbase.ac.uk/pub/lists/nir/files/*
                        or via gopher to mailbase.ac.uk

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 News groups:           None

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 Document Archive:

  Location details
       Site: mailbase.ac.uk
       Directory: /pub/lists/nir/files

  or from any Internet Draft Server (see sub-section entitled IETF
  groups)

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 Bibliography:

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 Other Information:

  This Working Group was formed jointly in the User Services and
  Applications Areas of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

  The RARE (Reseaux Associes pour la Recherche Europeenne) ISUS WG
  (Information Services and User Support Working Group) is
  represented by NIR-WG co-chair Jill Foster.  NIR-WG information
  is also posted to the mailing list for the ISUS WG at
  "wg-isus@rare.nl".

  More information about CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) may
  be obtained via anonymous ftp files from ftp.cni.org.

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 NISI

  Date template updated or checked: 1st March, 1994
  By: Name:          April Marine
      Email address: april@atlas.arc.nasa.gov

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 NIR Group name: Network Information Services Infrastructure (NISI)
Working Group

 Sponsoring Organisation: IETF

 Description of main group:

   The NISI Working Group will explore the requirements for common,
   shared Internet-wide network information services.  The goal is to
   develop an understanding for what is required to implement an
   information services "infrastructure" for the Internet.  Membership
   is open.  Charter is online in the various IETF repositories as
   nisi-charter.txt.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 April Marine

  Email address:        april@atlas.arc.nasa.gov

  Postal Address:       Network Applications and Information Center
                        NASA Ames Research Center
                        M/S 204-14
                        Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
                        USA

  Telephone:            +1-415-604-0762

  Fax:                  +1-415-604-0978

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              nisi@merit.edu

  Administration:       nisi-request@merit.edu

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 Official Publications: Internet-Drafts and FYI RFCs

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 Bibliography:

  RFC 1302:  Building a Network Information Services Infrastructure

  RFC 1355:  Privacy and Accuracy Issues in Network
             Information Centre Databases

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 OSI-DS

 Date template updated or checked: 24 February, 1994
 By: Name:          Chris Weider
     Email address: clw@bunyip.com

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 NIR Group Name: OSI Directory Services (OSI-DS)

 Sponsoring Organisation: Internet Engineering Task Forces (IETF)

 Working subgroups: NONE

 Description of main group:

   The OSI-DS group's mission is to enable building a global Directory
   Service based on X.500 and to facilitate its deployment on the
   Internet.  The primary focus is on developing agreements and
   technical specifications needed to make this happen.  The WG will not
   be directly concerned with piloting and service activities, but will
   liaise with such activities.

   Membership is open, and is not limited to IETF attendees.  A full
   charter for this group is available for anonymous FTP from
   ds.internic.net as ietf/osids/osids-charter.txt

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Steve Kille, Chair

  Email address:        kille@isode.com

  Postal Address:       ISODE Consortium
                        P.O. Box 505
                        SW11 1DX London
                        England

  Telephone:            +44-71-223-4062

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              ietf-osi-ds@cs.ucl.ac.uk

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  Administration:       ietf-osi-ds-request@cs.ucl.ac.uk

  Archive:              Anonymous FTP, bells.cs.ucl.ac.uk

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 Document Archive:

  Location details:
   Site: bells.cs.ucl.ac.uk
   Directory:/osi-ds

   Site: ds.internic.net
   Directory: /ietf/osids

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 Official Publications:         None.

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 Bibliography:

  The COSINE and Internet X.500 Schema, P. Barker, S. Kille, RFC-1274.

  Replication and Distributed Operations Extensions to Provide an
   Internet Directory Usign X.500, S. Hardcastle-Kille, RFC-1276

  Requirements to provide an Internet Directory using X.500.
   S. Hardcastle-Kille, RFC-1275

  A Strategic Plan for Deploying an Internet X.500 Directory Service,
   S. Hardcastle-Kille et al, RFC-1340

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 URI

 Date template updated or checked: 14 March, 1994
 By: Name:          Chris Weider
     Email address: clw@bunyip.com

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 NIR Group Name:    Uniform Resource Identifiers (uri)

 Sponsoring Organisation: Internet Engineering Task Forces (IETF)

 Working subgroups:    NONE

 Description of main group:

   The Uniform Resource Identifiers Archives Working Group is chartered
   to define a set of standards for the encoding of system independent
   Resource Location and Identification information for the use of
   Internet information services.  There are three classes of
   information being standardized in this group:


      1)  Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), which specify a standardized
          method for encoding location and access information to
          resources across multiple information systems,

      2)  Uniform Resource Names (URNs), which specify a standardized
          method for encoding a unique resource identifier for a given
          content, and

      3)  Uniform Resource Citations (URCs), which specify a
          standardized method for encoding information about a given
          instantiation of a content.

   The URLs allow an information service to give a user access and
   location information for a resource.  The URN allows an information
   service to determine if the contents of two information resources are
   the same or not.  The URC allows an information service to select
   which of a number of different encodings of a resource are
   appropriate for a given user's retrieval capabilities, and may
   contain such things as file size and compression techniques.

   Membership is open, and is not limited to IETF attendees.  A full
   charter for this group is available for anonymous FTP from
   ds.internic.net as /ietf/uri/uri-charter.txt

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                 Jim Fullton, co-chair

  Email address:        fullton@concert.net

  Postal Address:       Center for Communications
                        P.O. Box 12889
                        3021 Cornwallis Road
                        Research Triangle Park
                        North Carolina 27709-2889

  Telephone:            +1-919-248-1499

  Fax:                  +1-919-248-1101

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  Name:                 Alan Emtage, co-chair

  Email address:        bajan@bunyip.com

  Postal Address:       Bunyip Information Systems, Inc.
                        266 Blvd. Neptune
                        Dorval QUEBEC H9S 2L4 CANADA

  Telephone:            +1-514-875-8611

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:              uri@bunyip.com

  Administration:       uri-request@bunyip.com

  Archive:              archives.cc.mcgill.ca:~/pub/uri-archive

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 Document Archive:

  Location details:
       Site: ds.internic.net
       Directory: internet-drafts. All documents will start with the
         string draft-ietf-uri.

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  Official Publications:        None

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 Bibliography:

   Berners-Lee, Tim, 'Uniform Resource Locators', Internet Draft, March
   1993.
   Available as draft-ietf-uri-url-00.ps from any Internet Draft server.

   Weider, Chris and Peter Deutsch, 'Uniform Resource Names', Internet
   Draft, May 1993. Available as draft-ietf-uri-resource-names-00.txt
   from any Internet Draft server.

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 WNILS

  Date template updated or checked: 28 February, 1994
  By: Name:          Joan Gargano
      Email address: jcgargano@ucdavis.edu

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 NIR Group Name: Whois and Network Information Lookup Service (WNILS)

 Sponsoring Organisation: Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

 Working subgroups:
  Name of subgroup:
  Mailinglist-Address:  ietf-wnils@ucdavis.edu

 Description of main group:

 This description is the current WNILS-WG charter.

   The Network Information Center (NIC) maintains the central NICNAME
   database and server, defined in RFC 954, providing online look-up of
   individuals, network organizations, key nodes, and other information
   of interest to those who use the Internet.  Other distributed
   directory information servers and information retrieval tools have
   been developed and it is anticipated more will be created.  Many
   sites now maintain local directory servers with information about
   individuals, departments and services at that specific site.
   Typically these directory servers are network accessible.  Because
   these servers are local, there are now wide variations in the type of
   data stored, access methods, search schemes, and user interfaces.
   The purpose of the Whois and Network Information Lookup Service
   (WNILS) working group is to expand and define the standard for WHOIS
   services, to resolve issues associated with the variations in access
   and to promote a consistent and predictable service across the
   network.

 Goals and Milestones:

  Done    Review and approve the charter making any changes deemed
          necessary. Examine the particular functional needs for
          expanded whois directory service. Begin work on a framework
          for recommendations.  Assign writing assignments for first
          draft of document.

  12/1/93 Submit the Whois and Network Information Lookup Service
          Recommendations document to the IESG as an Internet Draft.

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  12/1/93 Submit the WHOIS++ protocol document to the IESG as an
          Internet Draft.

  12/1/93 Submit the "Architecture of the Whois++ Index Service"
          document to the IESG as a revised Internet Draft.

  12/1/93 Freeze all work on the Internet Drafts for 6 months for
          software development.

  Membership is open to attendees of the quarterly IETF meetings; the
  mailing list is open to all.  The WNILS-WG charter can be obtained via
  anonymous ftp from the Document Archive sites listed in the Networked
  Information Retrieval Working Group (WNILS-WG) template.

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 Primary Contact(s):

  Name:                Joan Gargano

  Email address:       jcgargano@ucdavis.edu

  Postal Address:      Distributed Computing Analysis and Support (DCAS)
                       Information Technology
                       University of California, Davis
                       Davis, California  95616
                       U.S.A

  Telephone:           +1-916-752-2591

  Fax:                 +1-916-752-9158

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 Mailing Lists:

  Address:             ietf-wnils@ucdavis.edu

  Administration:      ietf-wnils-request@ucdavis.edu

  Description:

  Archive:             ftp://ftp.ucdavis.edu:/pub/archive

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 News groups:          None.


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