It is understood that the new domain could be on general sale in time for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
Dot Scot Registry (DSR), a Glasgow-based not-for-profit company, has agreed terms with the international regulatory authority, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to operate the new dotSCOT internet domain. The notification of the contract agreement will be placed on ICANN’s website today (Monday 27 Jan). It had previously been anticipated that ICANN’s processes would mean that the new domain would not be available until early 2015.
DotSCOT will offer a unique branding tool for businesses and a clear cultural identifier for people and organisations in Scotland and also for the international diaspora that extends to many tens of millions more.
The Scottish Government has actively supported DSR in the application process, regarding dotSCOT as an asset for the public good which supports the business, cultural, linguistic and artistic uniqueness of Scotland
South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine said:
“2014 is an exciting year for Scotland, and I’m delighted that this distinct online identity for the nation, and all who take an interest in Scotland, will become available this summer.
“The dotSCOT domain is long overdue in this digital age, and the worldwide family of Scots who have been waiting patiently since it was first proposed, will soon be able to have this marvellously expressive domain as their online identity of choice.”
“The unique branding tool is set to benefit local businesses and the tourism sector – which is so vital to the economy of Dumfries and Galloway – by acting as a clear cultural identifier for people and organisations in Scotland and also for the international diaspora that extends to many tens of millions more.
Gavin McCutcheon, Director of Dot Scot Registry, said:
“Scotland and Scottishness conveys a whole range of positive connotations, which could not really be portrayed on the web before, but with a dotSCOT domain there will be a new option anyone involved in Scottish business, arts and culture and others to identify themselves more clearly as Scottish to the online world.
“We aim to make dotSCOT domains as affordable as possible and our not-for-profit structure means we will be able to do so.
“We hope that dotSCOT will become the first choice for the worldwide family of Scots, allowing them to demonstrate for the first time their affinity to Scotland and for Scottish societies and organisations wherever they are in the world to make dotSCOT their home on the Internet.
“Scotland is a great country, with a great reputation all over the world and having a dotSCOT domain will allow people and organisations to clearly identify themselves with that.”
Notes to Editors
- The campaign for a Scottish top-level internet domain began in 2005.
- Dot Scot Registry (DSR) was formed in 2009 as a not-for-profit enterprise, and its directors serve in a voluntary capacity. For more information on DSR go to www.dotscot.net
- Notification of the contract agreement will appear on the ICANN website during Monday 27 January. www.icann.org
- The new Scottish domain is part of the ICANN-approved expansion generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) which are intended as alternatives to existing domains such as dotCOM, dotORG, and dotNET. The new wave includes dotSCOT, dotLONDON, dotBERLIN, and dotWALES.
- A dotCAT domain for the Catalan speaking community has been operational since 2004, and Barcelona FC are one of their most famous users www.FCBarcelona.cat (Barcelona us a dotES address for Spanish language website and a dotCOM for an English language website).
- As part of the application process DSR gained letters of support from around the world, including:
Royal Caledonian Curling Club
“We are the governing body for Curling in Scotland and we think we would benefit from having such an identifier in our domain name.” (7 Dec 2011)
Sir Tom Farmer
“I fully support the proposal and wish you every success.” (13 Jan 2012)
Chicago Scots (with over 1,300 household members)
“I am pleased to offer our support for the proposed dotSCOT (gTLD) aimed at providing a clear identity for Scottish interests and culture on the web.” (20 Feb 2012)
“DotSCOT will allow our event industry partners to present themselves more clearly to international audiences and assist EventScotland in promoting Scotland…” (28 Feb 2012)
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
“…we would be very interested in acquiring a dotSCOT domain ourselves, and promoting its availability to our members.” 15 Dec 2011)
“…Reform Scotland seeks to promote its activities directly to a wide range of people and organisations in a wide range of ways and we believe that dotSCOT could help us increase our reach.” (23 Feb 2012)
Scotland Football League (As was)
“A dotSCOT domain would enable users worldwide to access information on all of our clubs and give an insight in the world of “real” football in Scotland.” (David Longmuir, 28 Nov 2011)