Glossary

 Range Notation
Specifies ranges using two parts: the starting address and the end address separated by a hyphen and space character s (‘ - ‘)
 Registrant
A natural person or legal entity to whom an Internet number resource has been registered or who has registered any other primary object in the RIPE Database by specific or general agreement with the RIPE NCC.
 Required attribute
The syntax rules define this attribute as optional. However, additional business rules require this attribute to be present under some circumstances.
 Resource Holder
A person or organisation to which an Internet resource has been registered.
 Reverse Delegation
Allows mapping to a domain name from an IP address.
 RIPE Community
RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) is a collaborative forum open to all parties interested in wide area IP networks in Europe and beyond. The objective of RIPE is to ensure the administrative and technical coordination necessary to enable the operation of a pan-European IP network
 RIPE Database
The publicly available data collection of Internet Number Registry (INR) data, Internet Routing Registry (IRR) data and Reverse Delegation data published by the RIPE NCC. It contains all the primary and secondary objects. There is also some non-public data required for the operation of the RIPE Database and the registries. Its full title is the RIPE Network Management Database. Or sometime it is referred to as the RIPE Whois Database. But for simplicity it is mostly referred to as the RIPE Database. These names are interchangeable and all mean the same thing.
 RIPE Database Attribute
The key name for a formatted element of data in a RIPE Database object.  The format may be well defined or free format.  An attribute must always have a value associated with it. Unless it is free format, the value cannot be blank. Attributes are sometimes referred to as keys.
 RIPE Database Object
A record in the RIPE Database containing information about an Internet resource or some supporting or administrative details.
 RIPE Internet Number Registry (RIPE INR)
A registry managed by the RIPE NCC that allocates Internet number resources and holds and publishes details of RIPE resources.
 RIPE Internet Routing Registry (RIPE IRR)
A registry managed by the RIPE NCC that holds and publishes details of Internet routing information.
 RIPE NCC Service Region
This defines the geographical area in which the RIPE NCC provides services as an RIR. This includes Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.
 RIPE Policy Development Process (PDP)
The RIPE community develops and sets policies through a long-established, open, bottom-up process of discussion and consensus-based decision-making.
 ROUTE(6)
A common abbreviation meaning both ROUTE and ROUTE6 objects
 Routing Policy Specification Language (RPSL)
Allows a network operator to be able to specify routing policies at various levels in the Internet hierarchy.
 Routing Policy System Security (RPSS)
The Internet Routing Registry (IRR) is used for purposes that have a strong requirement for data integrity and security.  The Routing Policy System Security addresses issues of data integrity and security consistent with the usage of the IRR and which avoids compromising data integrity and security.