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Eligibility Requirements, Naming Conventions and Acceptable Use Policy for the .museum Top-Level Domain

Eligibility and Acceptable Use

1. Subdomain names in the .museum Top-Level Domain must be used or intended to be used by genuine museums, their professional associations, or individual members of the museum profession as defined in the .museum Charter and subject to all conditions specified there.

2. Name holders may use their subdomain names solely for genuine museum purposes. A genuine museum purpose is the use or intent to use the .museum Top-Level Domain to permit Internet users to access host computers through the Domain Name System (DNS) in connection with any museum activity as listed or referenced in the Charter, or any clarification or extension thereof by the Museum Domain Management Association ("MuseDoma").

3. Name holders may delegate subdomains and designate host computers within their domains but may not delegate subdomains to external organizations, institutions, or individuals, or use such subdomains for purposes external to the basis for their entitlement to registration in .museum.

4. Registering a domain name solely for the purposes of selling, trading or leasing the domain name for compensation; or the unsolicited offering to sell, trade or lease the domain name for compensation; or permitting the domain name to be used on any terms whatsoever by any organization, institution or individual other than the one to which it is registered, shall not constitute genuine museum use of that domain name even if one or more parties in any of these cases is a genuine museum.

5. No entity will be permitted to register the name of any other entity at its own initiative. A name holder may, however, designate an external agency as being responsible for administrative or technical aspects of a domain.

6. The eligibility of a prospective holder of a name in .museum is established subsequent to application and subject to periodic review. No applicant will be deemed eligible without accepting the terms of the ENS Application Agreement for .museum. This agreement is entered into by the submission of an application to MuseDoma either directly or via an authorized channel.

Naming Conventions

1. Every name registered in .museum must be clearly and recognizably derived from the name by which the entity to which it is assigned is otherwise widely known.

2. A .museum name must specifically designate the entity to which it is assigned. A name containing only two labels may not contain a generic term or a location designation as the second-level label. If a generic term is used on the second level, an additional label must be used on the third-level to provide the necessary specificity.

3. An individual museum may register multiple domain names in two label forms, and in three (or more) label forms using different generic labels to indicate discipline, location, and further generic categories. A generic label need not be a dictionary word but adapted and concatenated terms such as mediacenter or scienceeducation may require particular warrant. Generic labels will not be reserved for exclusive use by their original proposers.

4. All names registered in .museum are subject to the provisions of a contractually mandated Schedule of Reserved Names This prohibits the use of all one-character and two-character labels on the second level, and lists additional labels that may not be used and the conditions of their restriction. There is an additional list of names subject to special treatment.

5. Names registered in .museum may contain the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, "a-z", the ten digits, "0-9", a hyphen, "-", and a dot,".". The dot is used exclusively to separate labels. The hyphen may not appear at the beginning or end of a label. A label may not contain more than 63 characters and the total number of characters in a name may not exceed 255 (including a final dot that is not normally displayed as a part of the name). Two hyphens may appear in the third and fourth positions in a label in a .museum name only in accordance with the policies and procedures for Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) referenced in Section 6, below. No characters may be used in .museum names other than those listed at the outset of the present section and those explicitly permitted for IDN.

6. Internationalized domain names (IDN) are supported in .museum. This is subject to terms and policies documented separately at http://about.museum/idn/idnpolicy.html. The limitations on the length of individual labels and the total length of a name stated in Section 5, above, apply to the encoded form ("Punycode") of a name containing characters from the extended range, as further described in the separate IDN documentation.

7. Requests may be made for names resembling, for example, the.art.and.science.museum. Although smaller parts of speech may be included in this manner, their ability to serve as specific identifiers will vary in context. It may be possible to create a unique three-label domain name for a museum without any single label being specific. The name location.discipline.museum might easily be unique, as could be the.locationname.museum. In other situations, such as the.disciplinename.museum, it will likely be necessary to use an additional label (or a different form) to provide adequate differentiation.

8. It may be necessary to restrict the area covered by a location designator. A name in the form countryname.science.museum could indicate any number of museums. A given one of them would likely be specifically identified by the name cityname.science.museum.

9. A name containing the label national without any location designator, will normally need some specific indication of the country to which it refers. A name in the form national.art.museum could indicate any number of museums. A given one of them would likely be specifically identified by ccnational.art.museum or cc.national.art.museum where cc is an abbreviation for the name of a country. The label international will similarly be restricted to names which otherwise indicate a more specific location.

10. Entities that conduct qualifying activity in born-digital contexts but do not operate physical museums, register in the generic second-level domain virtual.museum or in an unambiguous equivalent, such as digital.museum, online.museum or cyber.museum. Physical museums that operate digital museums may also register in these second-level domains.

11. A museum, or group of museums, wishing to register a domain name for a temporary or traveling exhibition or similar event, may do so if the domain name is clearly derived from the name of that exhibition or event. Restrictions may be placed on the duration of such a domain.

12. Individual members of the museum profession may register personal domains in a suitably labeled second-level domain. This would allow for a construct resembling somefirstname.somelastname.professional.museum. Second-level designations such as conservator.museum and curator.museum would also be acceptable.

This document entered into effect on 1 March 2004, replacing a previous version that was substantively unchanged from 4 September 2002. Significant modifications are contained in naming conventions 2 and 6, above.

Latest update: 6 January 2014