More feedback, different draft.
An WHOIS server is the Internet Standard way of access details from,
in our case, the .nz database.
"a" whois server, surely :)
* It is a separate service.
Separate from what?
* It is currently provided by all major Name Service organisations,
e.g. Ripe and APNIC etc.
RIPE and APNIC aren't actually name service organisations; they're
regional registries for ASN and IP number allocations. You might
use CRSNIC, NSI, Nominet, etc if you're looking for examples of
registries' and registrars' use of whois.
* That NZIRL be required to put in place a standard WHOIS server on
the .nz database.
What needs to be carefully specified is the formatting of queries
and responses to the whois service. There are a number of different
"standard" query definitions and response formats currently in use
amongst different registries. It would make sense for Domainz/ISOCNZ
to approach the heavier users of their existing services and consult
as to the query and response formats that are required.
The Data in ISOCNZ WHOIS database is provided by NZIRL for information
purposes, and to assist persons in obtaining information about or
related to a domain name registration record. NZIRL does not guarantee
NIRL should guarantee that the response returned to a query is
consistent with the data stored by Domainz at the time of the query.
(2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that apply to
NZIRL (or its systems).
I'm not sure what this means. What does it mean?
ISOCNZ reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.
I would imagine that you should qualify this by specifying how changes
to the policy will be notified to users of the whois service.
You might also refer to RFC812, which specifies nicname/whois. It's
a little old (it refers to NCP/TCP!) but the core protocol is
described there, such as it is.
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