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                       JPNIC Translated Document

Source document: JPNIC REPORT 13
Date of the source: September 1994
Date of the last update of this translation: June 24, 1995

This is a translation of a JPNIC document. JPNIC provides this
translation for convenience of those who can not read Japanese. But it
may contain mis-translations, and is by no means official. One should
consult the source document written in Japanese for detail.
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                  Sharing WHOIS Database Information

Sharing Information among the NICs

  JPNIC (Japan Network Information Center) conducts the assignment of IP
  addresses in the JP domain (those addresses that end with ".jp") and
  other IP Addresses used in Japan, independently from other network
  organizations.  Network information derived from this process are
  gathered and open to the public as the "JPNIC database".

  The JPNIC database holds data on domains, networks, personal
  information, host information, project information, NOC information,
  and community information. Once registered, information on the JPNIC
  database can be searched by using the "whois" command.

  The InterNIC has also provided services as in the above by using
  "whois".  However, the explosive growth in the number of networks has
  rapidly increased the amount of information that should be registered.

  JPNIC has been authorized to conduct the assignment of addresses from
  the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority), via InterNIC and
  APNIC.  This signifies that the assignment of addresses are dispersed,
  and are being done independently in each region.

  Dispersion has been talked about concerning the construction of the
  database and whois service, and the development of the Rwhois
  (Referral Whois) has started to solve this. Since it is not effective
  if the databases are dispersed and just dotted, a name server for
  looking up where to find a particular information is also needed.

  Needless to say, correspondence to Japanese is compulsory.  In the
  new RWhois, correspondence to several languages is being examined by
  making a special field as in the MIME header.  Same goes for the URLs
  (WWW).  However, RWHois is still in development, and some more time
  is required before it comes worthwhile for use.

  Not only the address assignment, but also the function of the NIC
  itself is being dispersed.  The NIC is made up of InterNIC, which
  acts as a Global Registry; RIPE NCC and APNIC are Regional Registries.
  Furthermore, there are National Registries and Local Registries.
  In these NICs, the information being stored on these databases are
  increasing, and are renewed every night and day.  Information sharing
  among the NICs is an important agenda until the RWhois comes to
  practical use.

  The SWIP (The Shared Whois Project) format is being used to share
  information among the NICs.


The SWIP Format

  The JPNIC has a "JPNIC registration form" (Figure 1-a).  By applying
  this form, the information filled in will be registered in the JPNIC
  database, enabling search by using the "whois" command.  By sending
  E-mail to info@db.nic.ad.jp, information on filling the application
  form will be automatically resent.

  The SWIP format (Figure 1-b) is used to register information on the
  InterNIC database, in the same fashion as registering information to
  JPNIC.  However, the SWIP format is only used for registering
  information that have already been assigned (by such places as JPNIC).
  Addresses that are assigned by the InterNIC are registered in the
  same manner as in the past.  Therefore, the objective of using the
  SWIP format is to standardize and manage the information that have
  been registered to the entrusted NICs.

  Since the SWIP format is a format used among the NICs, many people
  might not feel it as being something closely related to themselves.
  However, data in the SWIP format is generated from the JPNIC database.
  Therefore, one must be aware to apply the appropriate, accurate
  information to the JPNIC database.  Please make sure to fill in all
  the necessary information in the JPNIC application form before sending
  it.  Much has been discussed on how addresses in English should be
  filled, since these formats vary; this is a topic that is yet to be
  discussed upon.  In any case, we advise all applicants to read the
  up-to-date documents before applying/renewing the database.

  The JPNIC is and has been preparing various services so people can
  obtain various network information from numerous environments.  If
  there are any questions/opinions/suggestions concerning these
  information services, please send mail to:

        goiken@nic.ad.jp or
        suggestion@nic.ad.jp

(Ikuo Kojima/JPNIC, Masaya Nakayama/JPNIC)

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Figure 1: JPNIC Registration Form and SWIP Format
   (The each item is filled in Japanese, hence no translation is
    given here.)

_________________________________________________________________
|(a) JPNIC Registration Form                                    |
|                                                               |
|----------* JPNIC 登録フォーム *----------                   |
|                                                               |
|Domain Information: [ドメイン情報]                             |
|a. [ドメイン名]                                                |
|f. [組織名]                                                    |
|g. [Organization]                                              |
|h. [郵便番号]                                                  |
|i. [住所]                                                      |
|j. [Address]                                                   |
|k. [組織概要]                                                  |
|l. [Description]                                               |
|m. [運用責任者]                                                |
|n. [技術連絡担当者]                                            |
|o. [海外向けネームサーバ]                                      |
|p. [国内向けネームサーバ]                                      |
|s. [使用IPネットワーク]                                        |
|                                                               |
|Network Information: [ネットワーク情報]                        |
|a. [IPネットワークアドレス]                                    |
|b. [ネットワーク省略名]                                        |
|f. [組織名]                                                    |
|g. [Organization]                                              |
|h. [郵便番号]                                                  |
|i. [住所]                                                      |
|j. [Address]                                                   |
|k. [組織概要]                                                  |
|l. [Description]                                               |
|m. [運用責任者]                                                |
|n. [技術連絡担当者]                                            |
|o. [海外向けネームサーバ]                                      |
|p. [国内向けネームサーバ]                                      |
|                                                               |
|Host Information: [ホスト情報]                                 |
|a. [ホスト名]                                                  |
|b. [IPアドレス]                                                |
|n. [技術連絡担当者]                                            |
|s. [CPUタイプ/OSタイプ]                                        |
|                                                               |
|Personal Information: [個人情報]                               |
|a. [JPNICハンドル]                                             |
|b. [氏名]                                                      |
|c. [Last, First]                                               |
|d. [電子メイル]                                                |
|e. [NICハンドル]                                               |
|f. [組織名]                                                    |
|g. [Organization]                                              |
|h. [郵便番号]                                                  |
|i. [住所]                                                      |
|j. [Address]                                                   |
|k. [部局名]                                                    |
|l. [Division]                                                  |
|m. [肩書]                                                      |
|n. [Title]                                                     |
|o. [電話番号]                                                  |
|p. [FAX番号]                                                   |
|                                                               |
|--------------------------------------------                   |
|                                                               |
|(b)SWIP Format                                                 |
|                                                               |
|SWIP Format Template                                           |
|---------------------------------------------------------      |
|WDB_version: 1.3                                               |
|---                                                            |
|ntsblk:          registered IP network number - start          |
|nteblk:          registered IP network number - end            |
|ntnam:           network name of network                       |
|ntype:           network type - one of                         |
|                   R = Research                                |
|                   D = Defense                                 |
|                   G = Government                              |
|                   C = Commercial                              |
|                   E = Educational                             |
|actvd:           Date in which the domain/network              |
|                  was initially registered                     |
|org:             organization name                             |
|addr:            street address                                |
|addr:            street address                                |
|cntry:           country                                       |
|tech-c:          technical coordinator of network              |
|inaddr-server:   inaddress servers for the                     |
|                  particular network                           |
|updt:            updated information (who/when)                |
|                  [format: YYMMDD-HHMMSS userid]               |
|source:          originator of record                          |
|maint:           maintainer of record                          |
|---                                                            |
|hname:           hostname of host                              |
|ipaddr:          IP address of host                            |
|nichandl:        handle given by the NIC                       |
|cpu:             cpu of host (found in                         |
|opsys:           operating system of host                      |
|proto:           protocols supported by host                   |
|org:             organization name                             |
|cntry:           country                                       |
|hmail:           role mailbox of host administrator            |
|updt:            updated information (who/when)                |
|                  [format: YYMMDD-HHMMSS userid]               |
|source:          originator of record                          |
|maint:           maintainer of record                          |
|---                                                            |
|lname:           last name of individual                       |
|fname:           first name of individual                      |
|ttle:            title or rank                                 |
|nichandl:        handle given by the NIC                       |
|org:             organization name                             |
|addr:            street address                                |
|addr:            street address                                |
|addr:            street address                                |
|addr:            street address                                |
|cntry:           country                                       |
|mbox:            network mailbox of individual                 |
|                  in Internet format                           |
|phne:            phone number of individual                    |
|fax:             fax number of individual                      |
|updt:            updated information (who/when)                |
|                  [format: YYMMDD-HHMMSS userid]               |
|source:          originator of record                          |
|maint:           maintainer of record                          |
|END OF FILE                                                    |
|---------------------------------------------------------      |
|_______________________________________________________________|
            

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