Eligibility Requirements, Naming Conventions and Acceptable Use Policy for the .museum TLD

Eligibility and Acceptable Use

  1. Subdomain names in the .museum top-level domain (TLD) must be used or intended to be used by bona fide 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. Registrants may use their subdomain names solely for bona fide museum purposes. A bona fide museum purpose is the use or intent to use the .museum TLD to permit Internet users to access host computers through the DNS in connection with any museum activity as listed or referenced in the Charter, or any clarification or extension thereof by MuseDoma.
  3. Registrants may delegate subdomains and designate host computers within their domains but may not delegate subdomains to external organizations 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 bona fide museum use of that domain name even if one or more parties in any of these cases is a bona fide museum.

Naming Conventions

  1. Every name in .museum must be clearly and recognizably derived from the name by which the registering entity otherwise is widely known. No entity will be permitted to register the name of any other entity at its own initiative. A requesting entity may, however, designate an external agency as being responsible for administrative or technical aspects of the domain.
  2. Individual museums may register third-level domain names or, if desired, names on further lower levels. The second-level label in such a designation must indicate the disciplinary affiliation, the location, or an equivalent generic attribute of the requesting entity. If desired, additional such labels may be used on consecutive lower levels.
  3. Registrants may propose any disciplinary, location, or other generic labels that they deem useful. If approved, any such label will be made available to all registrants and will not be reserved exclusively for use by the initial proposer. Registrants will be identified uniquely by the full sequence of labels in their domain names.
  4. All registration in .museum is subject to the provisions of a Schedule of Reserved Names appended to the Agreement upon which the TLD is based. This excludes the use of certain labels on certain levels. Of particular significance is the contraint that is placed on the use of two-character labels on the second level, and the general exclusion of single-character labels on the same level.
  5. In domain names with more than three labels that use the second and third levels to indicate both location and discipline, the order of the location and discipline labels may be selected by the applicant. Changing the order of these labels in what would otherwise be identical names will not necessarily be approved as sufficiently differentiating between two organizationally distinct registrants. A single registrant may, however, hold multiple names differing only in the order of their labels.
  6. Punctuation such as hyphens or similar separating characters will not be approved as distinguishing differences between names for different registrants. If a syntax preference for shared labels is indicated by registrants during the preliminary phases of domain operation, for example, between the forms naturalhistory and natural-history, the consensus form may be made obligatory in all registrations. If no consensus is apparent in situations where a normalized form would significantly reduce confusion, MuseDoma will include corresponding syntax rules subsequent revisions of the naming conventions.
  7. Individual registrants may freely register multiple domain names using both discipline and location second-level labels, as well as labels from additional hierarchies based on further generic second-level categories that may be proposed.
  8. Registration requests from entities that conduct qualifying activity in born-digital contexts but which do not operate physical museums may register third or lower level domains in the generic SLD virtual.museum or any unambiguous equivalent that may be proposed. Physical museums that also operate virtual museums may register in virtual.museum or one of its equivalents.
  9. Many domain names include a designation for a well-known service, such as WWW, FTP, SMTP, POP or NS, as the leftmost label. This normally indicates a host computer for the named service and, for the purposes of registration in .museum, is considered a prefix to the domain name. No such designation may be counted as one of the three labels in the general model underlying these naming conventions. A two-label domain ourname.museum that would not be delegated in that form would not be available as www.ourname.museum.
  10. 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.
  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 the exhibition or event and is placed in an appropriate generic SLD. Restrictions may be placed on the duration of such a domain.
  12. Individual members of the museum profession will be allowed to register personal domains in a suitably labeled SLD. 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 and may be expanded at the suggestion of registrants.
  13. Formally established professional organizations with constituencies of bona fide museums may request dispensation from the requirement for the use of a generic label on the second-level. Similar dispensation may be requested by organizations that are directly involved in the operation of MuseDoma or provide support services to it.
  14. 31 March 2002 - 2230 UTC