ICANN Nixes .geo Top-level Domain
At the end of ICANN's meeting On November 16, only seven new top-level
domains were granted: .biz, .info., .name, .museum, .pro, .aero, .coop.
.geo was not included despite very positive initial reaction from ICANN.
Reports from the meeting noted surprise at .geo's absence.
"The most surprising omission from the Board's group was the .geo
domain name, which would've created a huge Web-accessible database of
businesses and monuments based on location."
Eric Lai, Reuters
"The controversial .geo proposal from SRI International was among
them, but concerns about the TLD's ability to grow -- and whether it was
the only way to geographically organize the Web -- got it knocked off the
Ben Charny, ZDNet
"But some of the rejected applicants simply planned to try again
later. ``We're kind of disappointed, but we understand,'' said Michael J.
Summers, whose location-based .geo proposal was rejected. ``At least we
got very broad visibility.''"
Anick Jesdanun, AP
"Among those that didn't make the cut were .iii, in part because
it was unpronounceable; .kids and .health, to avoid content control; and
.geo, because its sponsors had ties with two other proposals in the
semifinal round of nine."
Anick Jesdanun, AP
Controversial? .geo spawned little debate since so few people knew
about it. As reported in the GIS
Monitor, The Open GIS Consortium
did not even have time to evaluate it
effectively. Several of the organizations
suggested as beneficiaries in the proposal, when contacted during the
public comment timeframe, had not even heard of the proposal.
The best news for the geospatial community is that the question of
location on the net was brought forward in a serious and well thought out
manner. Even though this iteration was not selected, it will serve as a
key building block for future attempts.