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Is there any particular reason why the IANA database is not being published via WHOIS? WHOIS is generally accepted as the industry standard way of publishing domain administrative/contact details.
I personally think it would be useful if IANA ran a WHOIS server for the domains it delegates.
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 09:16:02 -0700
From: Louis Touton
To: Kim Davies
Subject: [Fwd: RE: [centr-ga] Questions on IANA data base changes]
Authoritative TLD (including ccTLD) contact data is made available through the port 43 Whois service at <whois.iana.org>. We are working on having this Whois server provide nameserver information for TLDs as well and expect that to be released to production later this year. In the meantime, TLD nameserver information can be obtained through the Internic web site <http://www.internic.net/whois.html>.
This reconstructed ccTLD database uses 3 sources of information:
The list at http://www.iana.org/cctld/cctld-whois.htm includes 243 entries, 241 existing and 2 non existing
There should be 3 more:
The first two are operational, the last one existed and has been removed. But nothing should ever disappear from records.
The whois.iana.org answers correctly for .gb and .su
There should be also the:
In total it makes 247 entries for ccTLD, and 243 currently operational ccTLD.
The website uses "Sponsoring Organization" terminology, while the whois.iana.org uses "Registrant". The ccTLD managers has been permanently opposing unilateral introduction of "Sponsoring Organization" terminology by ICANN, it is therefore a good news to be back to square one with "Registrant" in the ccTLD database whois.
"URL for registration services: http://something.somewhere"which is missing in whois.iana.org It would be much appreciated the whois be completed.
Note that Norwegian registry has been and continues to provide this information, but it is always better to have things together, on IANA site.
To ensure than IANA Function is providing the same information on its both sites, www.iana.org and whois.iana.org, it would be preferable the website provides nothing else that a list of ISO3166-1 codes which have been in use for ccTLD. The content for each ccTLD would be then the result of instantaneous whois query to whois.iana.org.
As it was correctly pointed out by many, including ICANN staff Herbert Vitzthum:
"You will accept that the two databases leaded to some missunderstanding even which one would be the autoritative database."
Registration Date: 01-January-1985 Last Updated Date: 01-January-1985
It is unclear when and why the field "Last Updated" is actually updated.
These real ccTLD Registration Dates are all true with exception of Chile, .cl, where the old mistake persists:
Registration Date: 27-January-1995 Last Updated Date: 10-October-2001
The Chile case is Jon Postel mistake in his notes, Chile was here in 1987. Patricio Poblete has been correcting my old compilation of ccTLD database from August 1999. Apparently that Postel mistake has a long life.
It can be achieved by many mechanisms, one of them is by creating database objects related to each ccTLD. At first glimpse I see 4 categories of them:
xx-registrant xx-admin xx-tech xx-servers
When an object is updated, the former one moves into "xx-object.date-of-end-of-existance", and remains shown as reference to the past history. This way the request to provide details of any changes made during the life of the ccTLD could be satisfied.
Today we do not have anything about the past name servers' changes, except the record of 30 name servers updates, provided by Stuart Lynn in Marina del Rey Nov 2001: IANA-DB-performance-Y2001.html
We do not know anything about pending request, and for how long, and why.
I am sure the ccTLD managers are looking forward to work together on completion and improvements to the whois.iana.org, we have been awaiting it for 4 years.