Organization object

  1. What is an organization object?
  2. How is the information collected?
  3. How are organization objects created?
  4. When will the organization objects be created in the whois database?
  5. How can you update or change your organization object? Why are organization objects needed?
  6. What will happen to my IP address or AS number registrations after my organization object is created?
  7. How can an organization object be used for whois searches?

What is an organization object?

An ‘organization object’ is a new object introduced as part of APNIC’s Whois Database upgrade in June 2017. Each organizational object links to the IP addresses or AS numbers held by the account and contains the organization name, address, and other contact details. See the object template for more information.

How is the information collected?

Information published in the organization object is provided by APNIC account holders during their membership applications. This information is maintained by the account holder while the account remains open.

How are organization objects created?

An organization object is created automatically for all APNIC account holders.

For existing account holders, organization objects are created after they have either confirmed or updated their organization details.

For new accounts, organization objects are created as soon as the accounts have received IP addresses or AS numbers.

When will the organization objects be created in the whois database?

APNIC account holders who confirm or update their organization details before 9 August 2017 will have their organization objects created on 9 August 2017. Account holders who update or confirm their organization details after 9 August will have their organization objects created immediately.

How can you update or change your organization object? Why are organization objects needed?

APNIC account holders can update their organization details using MyAPNIC via ‘Member Details’ under the ‘Admin’ section. See how to make updates using MyAPNIC.

NIR members will need to contact their NIR to update their organization information.

What will happen to my IP address or AS number registrations after my organization object is created?

When your organization object is created in the whois database, it will be linked to your IP address or AS number registrations. These registrations are stored as ‘inetnum’ (for IPv4), ‘inet6num’ (for IPv6) or ‘aut-num’(for AS numbers) in the whois database.

For example, when you search your inetnum, you will see an attribute ‘Org’ in the record. The value for the ‘Org’ attribute is the unique ID of your organization object.

How can an organization object be used for whois searches?

To view IP addresses or AS numbers associated with your account, you can use an ‘inverse’ query.

whois -h whois.apnic.net -i org <Unique org ID> -T inetnum,inet6num,aut-num

The above whois query will display IPv4 address, IPv6 address and AS number records associated with a particular organization object.