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ARIN Acronyms explained please

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I know that these are probably common sense for most but I get different answers when searching around.

Using this one as an example:  http://bgp.potaroo.net/cgi-bin/as-report?as=AS1356&view=2.0




I need to understand what all of these mean in laymen s terms.  I need to explain them to my boss who is not technical at all.


ASName
ASHandle
OrgName
OrgId
ReferralServer
OrgAbuseHandle
OrgAbuseRef
OrgNOCHandle      
OrgNOCRef
OrgTechHandle      
OrgTechRef
RAbuseHandle      
RAbuseRef
RNOCHandle      
RNOCRef
RTechHandle      
RTechRef
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by:Dave Baldwin
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This https://www.arin.net/knowledge/acronyms.html is the 'official' acronym list from ARIN.  If you look at the Whois section of the link you posted, most of them become fairly obvious.  Just like when you register a domain name, you assign one or more people to be the contacts for different responsibilites.  In the link you posted, the same person is assigned to all the contacts.

Note that ARIN assigns AS numbers to organizations that are providing network resources to the internet.  These can be ISPs or hosting companies or simply large network providers like Level3.  They don't usually assign resources to individuals.
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These seem to be a mystery to me and are not on the list:
RAbuseHandle      
RAbuseRef
RNOCHandle      
RNOCRef
RTechHandle      
RTechRef

I'm thinking these are recovery contacts incase the other ones don't respond or if someone has to reset a password.

Thoughts?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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They're all in the Whois data on that page.  RAbuse is for reporting abuse to the network, RNOC identifies the contact for the Network Operations Center, and RTech is the general technical contact which is the person you contact about network problems.

I'm curious why your boss needs to know these things.  If you were assigned an AS Number it would be because you have the network and technical resources to handle it.
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by:miltonk
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Hmm.  I don't see the ones above with the "R".

BTW... we not only have an AS number but are going to be doing BGP soon.  Not all companies have tech support folks onsite :)

This aspect of things is new to me and i figured i'd give it a shot on experts-exchange before contacting our outside tech folks (who charge for everything they do)
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by:Dave Baldwin
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who charge for everything they do
I'll bet they do.  Look at the Whois section.

Whois Entry

    whois: 6.160

    IANA has recorded AS1356 as originally allocated by

    RIR records AS1356 whois information as provided by ARIN
    /usr/bin/whois -h jwhois.apnic.netr "AS1356\n            
                 #
                 # ARIN WHOIS data and services are subject to the Terms of Use
                 # available at: https://www.arin.net/whois_tou.html
                 #
                 
                 
                 #
                 # The following results may also be obtained via:
                 # http://whois.arin.net/rest/asns;q=1356?showDetails=true&ext=netref2
                 #
                 
                 ASNumber:       1356
                 ASName:         ASN-55WATER
                 ASHandle:       AS1356
                 RegDate:        2009-07-27
                 Updated:        2012-03-02
                 Ref:            http://whois.arin.net/rest/asn/AS1356
                 
                 OrgName:        Sullivan & Cromwell
                 OrgId:          SULLIV-7
                 Address:        125 Broad Street
                 City:           New York
                 StateProv:      NY
                 PostalCode:     10004
                 Country:        US
                 RegDate:        1999-03-16
                 Updated:        2011-09-24
                 Ref:            http://whois.arin.net/rest/org/SULLIV-7
                 
                 OrgTechHandle: JJ122-ARIN
                 OrgTechName:   Japal, James
                 OrgTechPhone:  +1-212-558-1600
                 OrgTechEmail:  japalj@sullcrom.com
                 OrgTechRef:    http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/JJ122-ARIN
                 
                 OrgAbuseHandle: JJ122-ARIN
                 OrgAbuseName:   Japal, James
                 OrgAbusePhone:  +1-212-558-1600
                 OrgAbuseEmail:  japalj@sullcrom.com
                 OrgAbuseRef:    http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/JJ122-ARIN
                 
                 RNOCHandle: JJ122-ARIN
                 RNOCName:   Japal, James
                 RNOCPhone:  +1-212-558-1600
                 RNOCEmail:  japalj@sullcrom.com
                 RNOCRef:    http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/JJ122-ARIN
                 
                 RTechHandle: JJ122-ARIN
                 RTechName:   Japal, James
                 RTechPhone:  +1-212-558-1600
                 RTechEmail:  japalj@sullcrom.com
                 RTechRef:    http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/JJ122-ARIN
                 
                 RAbuseHandle: JJ122-ARIN
                 RAbuseName:   Japal, James
                 RAbusePhone:  +1-212-558-1600
                 RAbuseEmail:  japalj@sullcrom.com
                 RAbuseRef:    http://whois.arin.net/rest/poc/JJ122-ARIN

                 
                 
                 #
                 # ARIN WHOIS data and services are subject to the Terms of Use
                 # available at: https://www.arin.net/whois_tou.html
                 #
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i know they are listed but what is the difference between, say OrgAbuseHandle and RAbuseHandle?

What does the "R" mean when i see it under the redundant handles?
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I don't know what the "R" means and looking them up on ARIN doesn't return any results.  But I figure it's just part of a form someone made up 20 years for people to fill out when they signed up for an AS Number.  It's like the domain registration forms where there are four separate contacts but usually there are only two really, the owner and the technical contact.  Note that the same info is in all five fields in the Whois above.
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