IANA Committee (IC) Minutes | 19 May 2011

IC attendees: Kuo-Wei Wu – Chair; Bertrand de La Chapelle, Thomas Narten, Katim Touray and Suzanne Woolf

Other Board attendees: Rod Beckstrom – President & CEO; Sébastien Bachollet; Cherine Chalaby; Steve Crocker; Heather Dryden and Erika Mann.

Invited Attendees: Chris Disspain

IC Apologies: Ray Plzak

Staff Members Present: Akram Atallah – Chief Operating Officer; Elise Gerich – Vice President, IANA; John Jeffrey – General Counsel; Jamie Hedlund – Vice President, Government Affairs - Americas; Kim Davies; Diane Schroeder; Alina Syunkova, Amy Stathos and Leo Vegoda


The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  1. Minutes. The committee reviewed and approved minutes of the previous IC meeting held on 14 April 2011.

  2. Nomenclature in IANA database. Staff provided a presentation to the IC on the rationale for the historical IANA practice of adopting ISO 3166 nomenclature for use in the IANA database, the status of IANA's internal automation software project and legacy nomenclature issues arising from the impending implementation of the automation software. An early design decision was made to harmonize the fields of all country designations around the ISO 3166 nomenclature, and it has been reported that this usage may cause some addressing problems when mail has to be exchanged. The IC and staff agreed to contemplate improvements for the next version of the automation software to allow for more flexibility.

    • Action:

      • Staff to consider changing how countries are referenced in the postal address fields in Whois for a future version of the root zone management automation software while using ISO 3166-1 for all other fields. No change to be made in version 1 of the automation software.

  3. Local Internet community support in Delegations and Redelegations. The IC received an update from staff on the terminology issues that have arisen in consideration of ccTLD delegation and redelegation requests, and the evolution of recommendations that the IC may consider making to the Board to consider requests pending ccNSO consideration of policy recommendations in this area. The IC noted that, due to time constraints, discussion on this topic would be carried over into the next meeting.

  4. Review of open action items – Staff provided a brief update on the status of action items from prior IC meetings.