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Keeping You Informed: An Update on the Information Transparency Initiative

It's been a few months since we last updated you about the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI). Behind the scenes, the team has been hard at work delivering on the project's primary goal of improving the findability of our content.

Registry Agreement Search Improvements

Today, we're releasing the proposed new search experience for Registry Agreement content for your input via our feedback site. We are committed to working with you to deliver a result that meets your needs. To do that, we need your input.

The improved searchability includes these features:

  • Filters to narrow your search results by gTLD or string, agreement type, operator, or agreement status.
  • A date range filter.
  • Type ahead and search by the internationalized domain name.
  • Ability to download search results to a csv file with links to the individual agreement pages.
  • Keyword(s) search within registry agreement content with the results available by relevance (number of instances of the keyword(s)) or newest (search results ordered by publish date).

We implemented these changes with helpful feedback from registry operators and staff.

Because this release is in active development, some files and archive sections may be missing. Rest assured, all files and content currently on https://icann.org will be migrated and available when the new site is officially launched.

This particular content type was complicated to implement. It involved taking 48,000 pieces of unstructured files and pages and transforming the content into structured content and applying relevant metadata. Although this process took a lot of work, it gives you the ability to find your content more quickly. It also futureproofs our content for an easier migration process years from now, as new platform technologies emerge.

Take the time to compare the current Registry Agreement findability with our new release and let us know what you think via the feedback site.

The feedback period will be open until 11 November 2019.

Upcoming Content and Features Available for Feedback

The team has also completed development on many other content types that are not yet available for feedback. Content migration into a new content model takes time and our goal is to provide you with previews of these content types with real data. This will give you a truer user experience to test the improved functionality.

We plan to release Board Meeting Materials for your feedback in late October 2019, before ICANN66.

In addition, the team is developing an improved Public Comment feature based on invaluable input from several members of ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees. This new feature will be available for testing in late January 2020.

As you know, this is a complex project. It involves auditing and migrating thousands of pieces of content, integrating two platforms from the ground up, and developing features to improve search and customize authoring. We remain laser-focused on sticking to our core goal - making it easier for you to find and access content.

Soft Launch Plans

We're aiming for a soft launch of the new site in April 2020. What do we mean by soft launch?

We will release the new version of the site for your feedback in April 2020. This version will include:

  • Improved search and features for some content types like Board Materials, Public Comment, Announcements, Blogs, and Reviews.
  • 75% of all https://icann.org files and pages migrated and searchable.

The existing https://icann.org will remain the definitive site during this period and run in parallel to the new site.

This soft launch period gives us the opportunity to gather your feedback about many aspects of the improved site and make subsequent updates before we officially retire the current site.

We appreciate all the positive feedback and constructive input we've received from the community, and we count on your patience and continued input during this time as we approach the soft launch date.

Remember, we can't do this without you. Register your input! The feedback period will be open until 11 November 2019.

Comments

    Theresa J Morris  10:45 UTC on 13 September 2019

    We NEED this in this world. I use it regularly to verify website owners for trust in my brands to share business to business internationally.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."