SIMPLIED PROCEDURES FOR REGISTRATION IN
THE .MUSEUM TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN

News Release - For Immediate Release

Stockholm, Sweden, 30 April 2004 - The Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma) announced today that it was simplifying procedures for the registration of names in the .museum top-level domain ("dot-museum" - http://about.museum) The new procedures take effect immediately.

Earlier this year it became possible to register Internationalized Domain Names (IDN - http://about.museum/idn) in .museum and the simplified registration procedures are intended to encourage the broadest possible participation in the continuing internationalization of the domain. The accession of the ten new Member States to the European Union on 1 May provides a particularly rich opportunity for enhancing the cultural and linguistic scope of .museum. The simplified registration procedures are being introduced now in recognition of this event and as a statement of welcome to the museums of the enlarged EU.

It was previously necessary for all applications for names in .museum to be accompanied by a fee to cover the cost of verifying the eligibility of the applicant, and conducting the dialog needed to ensure the correct form and use of subsequently registered names. Applications that can be processed without such discussion are now exempt from the advance fee. When necessary, notification of the fee being due will be issued subsequent to the initial review of the application.

The continuing development of the index requires that generic terms which might appear in it are available for shared use. Names in the form city.museum or discipline.museum are therefore reserved for inclusion in three-label names in the form ourname.city.museum. Names with a specific designation on the second level such as, abcde.museum, ourart.museum, or blåröd.museum may, however, be registered directly.

The registration process may be initiated via the forms provided by MuseDoma at https://ens.museum. The authorized .museum registrars are currently modifying their own registration forms to reflect the changes. Prospective applicants are also welcome to contact MuseDoma directly by e-mail at register@nic.museum.

For more information, please contact:

Kate Parson
E-mail: policy.info@nic.museum
Tel: +46 70 182 4032

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