Introduction

In October 2014, the DNA created a community-wide Registry-Registrar Operations Working Group to bring together domain name industry experts to develop common practices to gain efficiencies and avoid duplication of efforts in the provision of domain name services. This group includes all domain name industry players, whether DNA members or not.

This Working Group will provide great benefit to industry members and Internet users as the industry faces the exponential growth of new domain name options. By creating a collaborative space for the domain name industry to come together in an organized fashion, participants will find common viewpoints and improve the technical, business and policy environments for delivering services to Internet users.

The formation of the Working Group under the DNA banner provides a unique opportunity for this multi-stakeholder effort to quickly and efficiently begin work, as the DNA has established administration and support systems in place to drive the global effort with all sectors of the industry. The DNA will facilitate a neutral environment with open participation and leadership opportunities.

Mission Statement

Create a collaborative space for the domain name industry to develop common practices and improve the technical, business and policy environments for delivering services to Internet users.

Charter

  • Registry-registrar operational issues are being solved on a one-off basis as each new registry operator paired off with its set of registrars,
  • Resolving these issues in an industry-wide collaborative manner is preferable in order to create operational consistency and save time, and
  • Given its multi-functional and global diversity, the DNA will be an effective place to facilitate discussion among the broader domain name industry.
  • Issues adopted for discussion must:
    • Be of interest across the domain name industry segments
    • Be configured in a way to result benefit without corresponding detriment to others
    • Have a foreseeable solution
    • Be agreed upon by some consensus of the group
  • Keys to success:
    • Open membership that protects IP interests of its members
    • Able to act quickly
    • Develop attractive solutions (common practices) that will be widely adopted
    • Work product effectively informs the creation of policy and technical protocols

Operating Principles

  • Participation will be open to all domain name registrars, gTLD and ccTLD registry operators, DNA membership not required.
  • The DNA will provide resources and support: webpage support, remote conference support, secretariat and administration. Leadership (Chair, Co-chair) will be nominated and elected by the entire Working Group.
  • The Operations Working Group members will raise issues for discussion and then decide whether to form industry-wide teams to address single issue: creating a problem statement.
  • The decision to form a team will be made when a sufficient number of Working Group members volunteer to participate. Team leadership will be selected by that team.
  • The use of single issue, focused teams is a good feature:
    • attendance and influence will rotate around the industry,
    • those most interested in a particular issue would participate,
    • allow industry members to participate when it is important to them,
    • avoid capture by one or of a small group of entities.
  • This is a common practices or business and technical development group. Well developed products will lead to wider adoption.

Issues for Consideration by the Working Group

An initial set of issues recommended for initial consideration, include:

  • A forum to discuss making it easy for registrars to do business with registries by, for example, harmonizing services such as premium names, TMCH registrations, other new rights protection mechanisms or launch phases.
  • Variations in EPP implementations: understand which parts of EPP might be standardized, such as error messages, business logic, launch phases, premium name processes, and handling of data fields required.
  • The potential effects of the recommendations of the Whois Expert Working Group.
  • Integrations of Asian registrars into the Domain Name Industry environment to realize the opportunities in those markets.

Click here to view the complete whitepaper (October 2014) on the issues raised by the DNA community during the WHOIS and EWG discussions and webinars leading up to the final paper.

Join the Working Group Today

The DNA encourages all interested domain name registry operators and registrars to join the Working Group and to take part in this valuable collaboration. Contact the DNA secretariat to discuss your participation today!

Work In Progress

Your source for the latest work of the DNA Registry-Registrar Operations Working Group


Draft Working Common Practice: Communicating Domain Price Information

Download version 0.13 of this draft guide (.DOCX format)


Handling Intellectual Property: IP Rights Management

Download the draft policies (version 12 December 2014) (.DOCX format)


In the News

Domain Name Association Launches an Operations Working Group to Streamline Delivery of Services to Internet Users
Announcement in the DNA website

Industry Association: An Implementation Model
CircleID Blog by Kurt Prtiz, Executive Director, DNA

Towards More Efficient Registry-Registrar Relations
CircleID  Blog by Pinkard Brand, VP Strategy & Partner Relations, TLD Registry Limited


Join the Working Group Today

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The DNA encourages all interested domain name registry operators and registrars to join the Working Group and to take part in this valuable collaboration.

Contact the DNA secretariat to discuss your participation today!