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AFRINIC Whois Database Update Process | AFPUB-2014-GEN-001-DRAFT-01


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  • Date: 
    15 May 2014
  • Author(s):
    - Jean-Robert Hountomey

1) Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal

The African network infrastructure is growing with changes and extensions. This growth has brought changes in telecommunication and Internet infrastructure. With the emergence of new operators, mergers and acquisitions, the dynamism brought by the penetration of Internet technology has required organizational changes with job rotation. The need for accurate whois data has been in the news for years all over the world.

 Inaccurate data is still present in the AFRINIC whois database because changes have occurred in organizations (point of contact, contact information etc.) and object owners have not updated their records. The result is a “No response” from “whois” contacts listed in the AFRINIC Database.

The goal of the proposal is setting a process towards ensuring that AfriNIC whois database is updated. A previous policy (AFPUB-2012-GEN-001-DRAFT-02 : AFRINIC Whois Database Clean-up ) was withdrawn by the Author after AFRINIC advised that there was already an internal process to handle the cleanup of whois data and do general contact update. However it has been noticed that objects in AfriNIC database are not accurate.


2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem

 This proposal asks AFRINIC to maintain accuracy through a periodical database clean up. Furthermore, at least  once a year or at the renewal of resources, AFRINIC staff should conduct a whois database information validation.

3) Proposal

AFRINIC members are committed through the RSA to maintain their data and keep it accurate.  AfriNIC will then  maintain accuracy of whois information through periodical database clean up or update. AFRINIC will periodically ask object owners in the Whois Database to actively check and update the accuracy of data in AfriNIC whois database. 

3.1 Cleanup

 3.1.1 - General Database Cleanup: At the ratification of this policy, AfriNIC staff will conduct a first cleanup by asking all POC present except those who received their objects in less than a year to confirm their POC information. We leave to AfriNIC staff the discretion to use any communication tool they find useful for this action.

3.1.2 - Annual Clean up: After the first cleanup, AfriNIC will conduct a cleanup once a year. We leave to AfriNIC's staff to define the period.

3.1.3 - At the request of additional resources or services, AfriNIC staff will ask the organization to update its records.

3.2. If a change is requested by another policy

In case another AfriNIC policy made mandatory a change or introduce another object, the object owner is required to make this update.

3.2 Steps

3.2.1 - AFRINIC staff will ask members to confirm accuracy of their records in the Whois database in a month’s timeframe when contacted by email.

3.2.2 - After one month, AFRINIC Staff will use any communication tools at their discretion to contact those who have not answered or those whose email has bounced back.

3.2.3 - After another month of unresponsive response, the record will be marked invalid.

3.2.4 - AfriNIC may publish publicly a report about number resources with invalid POC.

3.2.5 - One year after the first contact initiation, if the data is still not accurate and the organization has failed to respond to the call to resolve the data inconsistency, AfriNIC may claim the number resources back.

4) Situation within other RIRs

- ARIN conducts an annual POC (point of contact) validation process:

- At APNIC, there was a similar policy proposed that did not reach consensus and was withdrawn by the author.  


- LACNIC obligates the resources holders contractually throught their RSA and reviews whois data when resources are requested and updates accordingly


 02 Oct. 2012 - AFPUB-2012-GEN-001-DRAFT-02 was withdrawn by the Author

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