Directory services provide online systems with information about the people who use the system, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
For example, when you type part of a person's name into an email address field and the name and email address is automatically filled in for you, your email system has found that information in a directory service.
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a method of accessing directory information. The Illinois Directory is another, older method. Most new and future applications can make use of LDAP, whereas they cannot use the ED system. LDAP was selected based on consultation with the campus user community and an extensive review of campus needs and technological trends.
Users still need to use the Electronic Directory Editor (EDE) (http://ede.cites.illinois.edu), not LDAP, to edit personal directory information.
Most email clients can be configured to use Campus LDAP to search for campus directory information. For details, please see Using LDAP with Your Email Client.
Note: Most users can rely upon the Using LDAP with your Email Client page listed above. The information below is for IT pros and database designers.