.org whois - a clarification

There has been some confusion about the naming of the new .org whois for
port 43 service. As noted now on our web site, and also in other posts,
it can be found at:


In addition, you will find a web-based whois at:


There have also been questions regarding the output for whois. Keep in
mind that PIR has transitioned the .org data from the former "thin"
registry which was using RRP. Though PIR supports RRP commands which
are translated into EPP commands automatically, by December 2003, PIR
will have an EPP implementation with "thick" data in place for all
registrars. Registrars will be migrated individually throughout the
year. The format of the whois output was designed to be remain
consistent through this migration.


Bruce Beckwith
Public Interest Registry