Integrated Directory Services (ids) Charter


NOTE: This charter is accurate as of the 34th IETF Meeting in Dallas. It may now be out-of-date. (Consider this a "snapshot" of the working group from that meeting.) Up-to-date charters for all active working groups can be found elsewhere in this Web server.

Chair(s)

Applications Area Director(s):

Area Advisor

Mailing List Information

Description of Working Group

The Integrated Directory Services (IDS) Working Group is chartered to facilitate the integration and interoperability of current and future directories into a unified Internet directory service. This work will unite directories based on a heterogeneous set of directory services protocols (X.500, WHOIS++, etc.).

In addition to specifying technical requirements for the integration, the IDS Working 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.

The IDS Working Group will pay special attention to the creation of an Internet White Pages Directory Service and will sponsor and track projects to achieve this goal and specifically take steps to facilitate wide-spread experimentation of the protocols evolving in the ASID Working Group.

The IDS Working Group will work on applications of directory technology and will track ongoing applications projects. The IDS Working Group will assume responsibility for the creation and maintenance of on-line catalogs of directory services implementations. These catalogs will be periodically published as Informational RFCs.

The IDS Working Group will take up the unfinished tasks of the WHIP - White Pages Requirements Working Group - that was constituted at the Seattle IETF. The WHIP Working Group set out to define the basic requirements for a Simple Internet White Pages Service.

The IDS Working Group will liaise with the groups working on development and deployment of the various directory service protocols.

The IDS Working Group is a combined effort of the Applications Area and the User Services Area of the IETF.

Ongoing Activities:

Track emerging directory service protocols in order to identify the need for specifying standards for interworking with other service protocols

Liaise with groups working on deployment and development of directory services to locate and fix interoperability problems.

Identify unfilled needs of directory service offerers, administrators, and users.

Catalogs maintained on-line, with occasional publication as RFCs:

RFC due On-line version Name

Dec 95 Jun 95 A Catalog of WHOIS++ Implementations. -- Patrick Faltstrom (first issue) Dec 95 Jul 95 The On-line X.500 Directory Implementations Catalog (on-line version of RFC 1632). -- Chris Apple and Ken Rossen

Pilot Projects reporting to this group:

The Long Bud Project -- Internet Pilot Project for the Deployment of X.500 Directory Information in Support of X.400 Routing (RFC 1802) Co-ordinator: Kevin Jordan Lifetime: Jan 94 - Dec 96

The Internet Nomenclator Project Co-ordinator: Joann Ordille Lifetime: Jun 95 - Jun 97

The Internet Whois++ Project Co-ordinator: Patrick Faltstrom Lifetime: Jun 95 - Jun 97

The Internet X.500 (1993) Directory Project Co-ordinator: Vincent Berkhout Lifetime: Dec 95 - Dec 97

The Schema Registry project - identifying and publishing X.500 schema elements used on the Internet Co-ordinator: Sri Sataluri Lifetime: November 94 - Nov 96

Goals and Milestones

Jul 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``Building a Directory in the US''.
Sep 95
Submit to the IESG, ``Requirements for an Internet White Pages Services'' as a ... TBD ... document.
Oct 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``Procedures for Formalizing, Evolving, and Maintaining the Internet X.500 Directory Schema''.
Oct 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``User Requirements for a Simple Internet White Pages Service''.
Oct 95
Submit to the IESG, ``Procedures for Formalizing, Evolving, and Maintaining the Internet X.500 Directory Schema'' as a BCP Document.
Oct 95
Submit to the IESG, ``Building a Directory in the US'' for consideration as an Informational RFC.
Nov 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``The Internet Nomenclator Project'' with the goal of publishing it as an Experimental RFC.
Nov 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``The CCSO Directory Services'' with the goal of publising it as an Informational RFC.
Nov 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``Schema Requirements for a Simple Internet White Pages Service''.
Nov 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, the 1995 revision of FYI 11 ``A Revised Catalog of Available X.500 Implementations''.
Nov 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``Catalog of available WHOIS++ implementations''.
Nov 95
Submit as and Internet-Draft ``The CCSO to X.500 Directory Services Gateway'' with the goal of publishing it as ... TBD.
Dec 95
Submit to the IESG, the 1995 revision of FYI 21 ``A Survey of Advanced Usages of X.500'' for publication as an Informational RFC.
Dec 95
Submit to the IESG, ``A Catalog of available WHOIS++ Implementations'' for publication as an Informational RFC.
Dec 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``The Core Internet X.500 Schema'', (long overdue successor to RFC1274) with the goal of publishing it as a ... TBD.
Dec 95
Submit as an Internet-Draft, ``Evaluation of X.500 Directory with respect to WHIP's Requirements Document''.
Dec 95
Submit to the IESG, the 1995 revision of FYI 11 ``A Revised Catgalog of Available X.500 Implementations''.

Current Internet-Drafts

Request for Comments