Over the last several years, a large number of people have worked diligently to explore alternatives in both technology and policy to address the limitations of the WHOIS protocol.
The effort is known as the Registration Data Access Protocol, or RDAP, which was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF’s) WHOIS-based Extensible Internet Registration Data Service (WEIRDS) working group. The WEIRDS working group developed specifications for RDAP that were published as Request For Comment (RFC) documents 7480, 7481, 7482, 7483, and 7484.
This new protocol is being designed from the ground-up to address the current’s lack of:
- Standardized command structures
- Standardized output and error structures
- Support for internationalization and localization
- Support for user identification, authentication and access control
The RDAP Experiment
The Verisign Registry Services Lab is building pilot implementations of RDAP, and has been actively involved with IETF and ICANN efforts to support standardization and adoption.
The RDAP pilot for .com and .net can be found at https://rdap-pilot.verisignlabs.com.
The RDAP pilot for .cc and .tv can be found at https://rdap.verisignlabs.com.
Email Verisign Labs to join the experiment.