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Clean-up of Unreferenced Data in the RIPE Database

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22 January, 2009 - The RIPE NCC will start to delete unreferenced PERSON and ROLE objects from the RIPE Database on Monday, 26 January 2009.

Any PERSON or ROLE object that remains unreferenced by any operational resource for 21 consecutive days will be marked for deletion. It can be deleted at any time after this period if it remains unreferenced. Unused MNTNER objects that only maintain unreferenced PERSON or ROLE objects will also be marked and then deleted.

To minimise any impact on Database Services, a small number of objects will be deleted on a daily basis. The number of daily deletions will gradually increase. It is expected to take several months to remove the backlog of unreferenced objects. After the backlog is removed, all unreferenced PERSON and ROLE objects, and in some cases their MNTNER objects, will be deleted after being unreferenced for 21 consecutive days.