Network Information Center

Meaning – The term network information center, refers to local, regional, and national groups throughout the world who provide assistance, documentation, training, and other services to users.

It is also referred to as the Internet Network Information Center, or InterNIC, and was set up by the National Science Foundation to provide for orderly domain name registration. The InterNIC provides a system called Whois that helps users get information on a given domain by entering the domain name or the IP address. InterNIC is now a project of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Example of usage“Although the InterNIC is still active in helping to provide data about domain registration, the actual registration process has become the responsibility of private registrars. The nonprofit ICANN provides accreditation for these registrars and other services such as dispute resolution for domain name issues.”