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Changes Coming to Registry Reports on the ICANN Open Data Platform

LOS ANGELES – 7 January 2021 – Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that beginning on 15 March 2021, ICANN's Open Data platform will become the permanent home of Registry Reports. With this change, these reports will no longer be available on https://icann.org as of 15 March 2021. ICANN org is providing this update to inform the community of these upcoming changes.

Which Registry Reports Are Available on ICANN's Open Data Platform?

  • Registry Functions Activity Reports
  • Per-Registrar Transactions Reports

What's Changing?

Both the Registry Functions Activity Reports and Per-Registrar Transactions Reports will only be available on ICANN's Open Data platform. As noted above, these reports will no longer be available on https://icann.org as of 15 March 2021. If you have links bookmarked to these reports or pages, you will be redirected to the Open Data platform.

If you have an automated script that downloads registry reports from https://icann.org, you will need to modify your script to use the ICANN Open Data API to download the reports. Before you can access the Open Data platform, you must create an ICANN Account. Once you have an account, you will be able to use the Open Data platform API.

Why Are We Making This Change?

A goal of the Open Data platform is to increase the transparency and accessibility of data managed by ICANN org. The platform's creation is the result of collaborative work between the community and the org. ICANN org launched the Open Data platform in March 2020 with a series of datasets.

Registered users can search, browse, view, download, and analyze the data, according to the platform's terms and conditions and the license(s) applied to each dataset. Registration also allows users to save customized analysis, receive notifications when selected datasets are updated, generate API keys, and view API quota usage.

Background on Registry Reports

Registry operators provide a set of monthly reports per generic top-level domain name (gTLD) to ICANN org. The monthly reports include the Per-Registrar Transactions Report and Registry Functions Activity Report. ICANN org publishes these reports, on a monthly basis, three months after the end of the month to which the reports provided by the registry operators relate. This is done to preserve the confidentiality of the reported information during that period as required by the registry agreement.

Monthly reports consist of data that reflects the state of the registry at the end of the month. For additional information about the data contained in these reports, please see Specification 3 of the Base gTLD Registry Agreement found on the Registry Agreement landing page.

For more information about the Open Data API, please visit ICANN's Open Data platform or the Open Data Soft Help page.

Helpful Links

Open Data Platform

Registry Reports on ICANN website

If you have questions about this change, please email us at: OpenData@icann.org

About ICANN

ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.


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