Warning: of only tangential operational significance
I am trying to coordinate some open discussion about an automated
interface between registrar and registry, such as might be used by
an ISP or web hosting company to manage new domain registration and
domain deletion, and to manage modifications of the register. There
are many different ways of doing this with gTLD and ccTLD registries
at the moment, and no agreed standard approach.
This project is an attempt to allow interested parties to build a
specification for an interface that will meet their specific needs.
This project is not endorsed by ISOCNZ or Domainz, although it is
to be hoped that if we can reach good agreement within the industry
about what our requirements are, ISOCNZ might listen.
The NZ-REGISTRARS mailing list is a technical forum; the idea is to
avoid politics and grandstanding as far as possible. The intent is
to produce a comprehensive design, and stable, flexible running code,
A rapid summary of the potential features of the interface under
+ a strict XML representation for all transactions between registry
+ a choice of transport for exchanging transaction elements (e.g.
e-mail, CORBA, DCOM, HTTP, whois)
+ batch and real-time transaction support
+ full version history/modification log for all records
+ strong authentication
+ compatability shims to allow transactions and query results to be
accepted and presented in foreign formats, e.g. RIPE-181, NSI
whois, NSI e-mail templates, Domainz whois, Domainz web-based query,
Domainz e-mail channel template
All are welcome. Details of the little bit of work done so far can be
found at http://www.patho.gen.nz/nz-registrars/
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