[At-Large] Call for Expertise for a drafting team to develop a Whois Service Requirements survey

Alan Greenberg alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca
Tue May 24 14:32:40 UTC 2011

>From: Glen de Saint Géry <Glen at icann.org>
>Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 17:14:20 -0400
>Subject: [liaison6c] Call for Expertise for a 
>drafting team to develop a Whois Service Requirements survey
>Dear All,
>Invitation for volunteers to form a Drafting 
>Team to develop a survey to estimate the level 
>of agreement that the conclusions and 
>assumptions in the Inventory of Whois Service 
>Requirements Report of 29 July 2010 have in the 
>ICANN community. See: 
>The goal of the Drafting Team would be to assist 
>staff in developing the format, questions, 
>response scale and scope of the survey.
>In May 2009 by the GNSO Council requested that 
>staff prepare a compilation of potential future 
>requirements for WHOIS service, based on current 
>requirements and a review of previous GNSO WHOIS 
>policy discussions. This resolution reflected 
>increasing community concerns that the current 
>WHOIS service is deficient in a number of ways, 
>including data accuracy and reliability, as well 
>as in other technical areas noted in recent SSAC 
>reports, such as accessibility and readability 
>of WHOIS contact information in an international 
>environment. The report is a compendium of 
>potential technical requirements and makes no 
>policy recommendations. Some of the potential 
>technical requirements included in the report 
>are the following: a mechanism to find 
>authoritative WHOIS servers; structured queries; 
>a standardized set of query capabilities; a 
>well-defined schema for replies; standardized 
>error messages; improved quality of domain 
>registration data; internationalization; 
>security elements; thick vs. thin WHOIS; and a 
>Registrar abuse point of contact. Staff 
>published a first draft of the report 26 March 
>2010, solicited input from SOs and ACs, and 
>posted a draft final report reflecting SO and AC input on 31 May.
>Thus, on 19 May the GNSO Council asked ICANN 
>staff to begin the process of seeking community 
>volunteers Drafting Team for the purpose of developing a survey of views.
>This invitation is extended to all members of 
>the ICANN community.  We urge you to forward to 
>this to all members of the community who may be 
>interested in participating.  Expertise in the 
>technical aspects of gTLD Whois, and background 
>on the history of gTLD Whois policy development, 
>would be particularly useful to this group.
>Please contact the GNSO Council Secretariat at 
><mailto:gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org>gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org 
>by 01 June 2011 if you are interested in joining 
>the Drafting Team.  Please contact Liz Gasster 
><mailto:liz.gasster at icann.org>liz.gasster at icann.org 
>if you have any questions about the report or the work of this group.
>Thank you.
>Kind regards,
>Glen de Saint Géry
>GNSO Secretariat
>gnso.secretariat at gnso.icann.org

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