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.Scot wait is over new top level domain for Scotland

Congratulations Scotland, they have finally been awarded the dot Scot TLD, unfortunately there is no news on .haggis yet.
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Published 00:10, Tue 28 Jan 2014.
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Scotland has been awarded the top level Internet domain, .scot, to promote and serve the needs of the world-wide Scottish community.

The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has given the go-ahead for website addresses ending in “.scot”, as an alternative to “.co.uk” and “.com”, following a campaign by the not-for-profit company Dot Scot Registry (DSR).
Dot Scot!
Dot Scot!

Set up two years ago to push for a Scottish internet domain, the DSR has received backing from the likes of First Minister Alex Salmond, actor Sir Sean Connery and entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer, who believe the “.scot” ending will help promote Scottish culture and identity.

This is one of the very few 'second wave' applications for a top level domain to be focussed entirely on supporting a particular ethnic worldwide community. The first wave was uniquely .cat, awarded by ICANN to the worldwide Catalan community back in September 2005. Scots nationalists - and other supporters of Scottish culture - have been waiting a long time - almost nine years - to gain their own top level domain.

The Welsh are also part of this 'second wave', but interestingly not on behalf of the Welsh worldwide community but simply for Wales itself. The formal application for '.cymru' puts its major emphasis on business opportunities for citizens and businesses in Wales rather than promoting the Welsh language or culture. Indeed .cymru is not self-described as a community-based domain at all, unlike the .scot, .gal and .eus domains. It is perhaps significant that the application for .cymru was been put forward by the Oxfordshire-based Internet registry Nominet and not directly by a Welsh nationalist or cultural body.

The .scot domain should provide Scottish culture - and particularly the cultures and languages of Scotland's island communities - with much greater visibility on the Internet and hence in the world's media and in the global economy.

A Scottish Government spokesperson welcomed the news, saying: “This domain will offer a branding tool for businesses, giving them the opportunity to clearly identify themselves as Scottish if they so wish.

“Our ambition is for Scotland to be recognised as a world class digital country by 2020 and “.scot” domain helps to reinforce this ambition around the globe.”
Comments on this
  • Excellent news but not sure I like the idea of being called an "ethnic Community" ...
    Mike Clift
    Mandarin Business Solutions Limited | Hosting for the UK Travel and Tourism Industry
    09:03, Tue 28 Jan 2014
  • Well they will need it when they go it alone. Should we withdraw the use of .co.uk and force it!
    Peter Knapp - CCS Leeds Ltd - www.ccsleeds.co.uk
    Coal Road, Leeds. LS14 2AQ / Co. reg: 03507910 / VAT reg: GB 698 2027 05 / Tel: 0113 294 66 99
    09:54, Tue 28 Jan 2014
  • They should get assigned their own two letter ISO code as is standard. All the possible codes starting with S are taken.

    So - SOMALIA
    Sn - SENEGAL
    Sd - SUDAN

    Mind you the United Kingdom should be GB so what do I know.
    Manuel Tuthill
    Regdotter.com - Cheap domain names .com's just £6.49
    11:05, Tue 28 Jan 2014
  • They could have .ab for Alba.
    Michael Follett
    15:19, Tue 28 Jan 2014
  • *If* Scotland ever qualifies to become a country, it'll probably be SV or similar - where first letter and 1 other from the name are already in use, they traditionally start at the end and work backwards - hence why St.Martins' is SX
    19:22, Wed 29 Jan 2014
  • .sw for Sweaty? :)

    I jest of course, being part weegie mŷself :)
    Ricky Blaikie - Senior Hosting Consultant -Host Consult Ltd
    TEL: +44 (0) 20 3002 7992 WEB: http://www.host-consult.net
    22:06, Wed 29 Jan 2014
  • What happened there?!
    Ricky Blaikie - Senior Hosting Consultant -Host Consult Ltd
    TEL: +44 (0) 20 3002 7992 WEB: http://www.host-consult.net
    22:07, Wed 29 Jan 2014
  • What happened where?
    Admin for Webhostchat.co.uk
    22:08, Wed 29 Jan 2014
  • I don't think that it matters any more. It's all going just be a meaningless mishmash. Look at .plumbing that just went live. Apart from implying that the domain name represents a plumbing business, what's the point. You still need to go to their website and find out if they can fix your problem and cover your area.
    Michael Follett
    14:02, Thu 30 Jan 2014
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    The only time it matters is when it's printed on a business card or the side of a van - everything else is google. Although, does google give weight to these new non-geo TLDs?

    15:06, Thu 30 Jan 2014
  • If I were Google I'd give them less weight, apart from ones on a case by case basis like .scot for example that should be used normally. But that's me.
    End of the day I doubt they care that much, it's more about all the other aspects.
    Admin for Webhostchat.co.uk
    15:09, Thu 30 Jan 2014
  • The domain name market will just be saturated, where only a handful will stand out. Some of the new gTLDs will do well, but I believe the majority will just be considered as second rate like .info and .biz already are.

    I don't think that Google should take into consideration the TLD as in doing so, they're dictating the value of each one.
    Michael Follett
    15:54, Thu 30 Jan 2014
  • The last public statement from google was about a year ago, and they said they'd not be applying any benefit to the newGTLDs.

    Additionally, they've made comments regarding a couple of them indicating they'll not be indexing/listing them at all, categorising them as almost entirely for the use of spammers and spammers like .co.cc
    05:31, Fri 31 Jan 2014
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