LIR Locator Tool
Note (June 2013): The LIR Locator is currently unavailable. In the meatime you can use the RIPEstat geolocation widget.
The RIPE NCC is working on an Local Internet Registry (LIR) Locator tool that provides the public with geographical information about LIRs and the services they offer in the RIPE NCC service region: Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. The tool can be used to see where an LIR is on a map, its legal address, and potentially what services it offers.
The tool is already used internally at the RIPE NCC to identify the best locations for LIR training courses. An external version will be presented at RIPE 61 in November 2010. We are keen to get your thoughts on the LIR Locator tool and on any features you would like to see added.
How It Works
The LIR Locator combines the publicly available member information from its database and Google Maps to provide an easy-to-navigate overview of LIRs (see Figure 1). Unfortunately, the exact geographic location information (also known as geo-location) that Google pinpoints isn’t always accurate, so it needs to be fine-tuned in some cases.
Figure 1: Location of LIRs in the Amsterdam area
In the initial release, a publicly available map will show the coordinates of all LIRs as registered on the RIPE NCC website. Since this might not be accurate (as described above), RIPE NCC members will have the possibility to access their information via the LIR Portal and to modify the geo-location of their office.
In Phase 2, LIRs will be able to add additional information to their LIR Locator entry in addition to their exact location. This information (i.e. services offered, number of staff, etc.) will appear beside their name on the map, and will only be visible to other RIPE NCC members at first (see Figure 2). Once the RIPE NCC and its membership are confident that the data is reliable and useful, we will consider making it publicly available.
Figure 2: Possible user interface for Phase 2
Your Feedback Needed
We plan to show the LIR Locator tool at RIPE 61 in Rome in November 2010. Now is the time to share your feedback with us: Are we on the right track? Do you think it’s useful? Do you have ideas for features to suggest?
See a video describing the tool here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbvMBRmYzmM