Museum Domain Management Association
The .museum Registry
About .museum and MuseDoma
Why was the .museum domain
The .museum top level-domain (TLD) was created to
be a centralized location for the global museum community
- including bona fide museums, their professional associations
and individual members of the museum profession - to provide
information and resources to the public and provide a clearer
identity for museums and the resources they offer. It is
the definitive place to recognize, share and access information
on museums worldwide.
was the word "museum" selected as the official TLD name?
"Museum" is a Latin word, commonly and broadly recognized
among numerous present-day languages. As it is customary
practice in the museum profession to use the singular form
of the word for classification purposes, it was decided
that the singular term, "museum," would be the most logical
TLD for the online global museum community. The terms .mus,
.muse and .musea (the plural term) were all considered,
but the clarity of the extensive term "museum" was ultimately
given highest priority. Just as the role of the .museum
TLD is to provide information, the term "museum" tells the
public - unequivocally - what the domain encompasses.
should a museum register with .museum?
By embracing the .museum TLD, the global museum community
is creating a distinct identity for itself in order to increase
public knowledge and access to the world's cultural and
scientific treasures. Additionally, the domain validates
and verifies the legitimacy of museums around the world,
since its use is restricted to bona fide applicants.
The Museum Domain Management Association (MuseDoma) is a
membership organization and non-profit trade association,
created to obtain, maintain and operate a restricted top-level
domain (TLD) - .museum - for the worldwide museum
community. MuseDoma was created by the International Council
of Museums (ICOM) with the assistance of the J. Paul Getty
is MuseDoma important to the museum community?
MuseDoma was established with the purpose of changing the
visibility of museums and facilitating their communications
to enhance the missions of these institutions worldwide.
This organization is important to the museum community as
it will act as the sole trustee of the .museum TLD,
responsible for its day-to-day operations, including policy
decisions on the naming conventions within the domain and
the use of revenues.
can I find out more about MuseDoma membership and its benefits?
Visit the Web site: www.musedoma.org
for more information.
will registering with .museum benefit a museum that
does not have an online presence?
For a museum that does not have an online presence, the
.museum TLD provides the ideal opportunity to benefit
from Internet technology and to develop a presence on the
would a museum with an established online presence register
For a museum with an established online presence, registering
with the .museum TLD would further the development
of a cohesive online global museum community, while making
it simple for consumers to recognize and gain access to
the International Council of Museums (ICOM) associated with
ICOM has two board seats with MuseDoma. Additionally, ICOM's
definition of museum is central to the determination of
bona fide museum entities and only these organizations and
individuals will be allowed to register in .museum.
are the naming conventions of the .museum TLD?
MuseDoma has established a comprehensive naming process
to ensure the domain is managed in the best interests of
the museum community. MuseDoma will make every effort to
ensure the naming process is fair and equitable.
should a museum become a member of MuseDoma?
Although a museum does not need to be a MuseDoma member
to request registration in the .museum TLD, being
a member of this organization provides a variety of benefits
including being able to participate in decisions that affect
the future of the .museum TLD.
more information check also: http://www.musedoma.org/faq.html