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The RDAP Initiative

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 7480748174827483, 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.

Publications

Scott Hollenbeck, Andrew Kaizer, Swapneel Sheth
Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Implementation Experiments at Verisign
2017
Publications / Papers
Scott Hollenbeck
RDAP Authentication. ICANN 54 Tech Day
2015
Presentations / Panels
A. Newton, Scott Hollenbeck
JSON Responses for the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP). RFC 7483 (Standards Track)
2015
Requests for Comments (RFC) / Internet Drafts
A. Newton, Scott Hollenbeck
Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) Query Format. RFC 7482 (Standards Track)
2015
Requests for Comments (RFC) / Internet Drafts
Scott Hollenbeck, N. Kong
Security Services for the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP). RFC 7481 (Standards Track)
2015
Requests for Comments (RFC) / Internet Drafts
James M. Heilman, Andrew G. West
Wikipedia and Medicine: Quantifying Readership, Editors, and the Significance of Natural Language, Journal of Medical Internet Research
2015
Publications / Papers