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Global Domains Division (GDD) Metrics

GDD aims to maintain a culture of excellence in its operations. This web page provides information about gTLD marketplace health, survey results, performance metrics for several operations and a summary analysis report on Registry Service Evaluation Policy process (RSEP) requests.

Domain Name Marketplace Indicators

The Domain Name Marketplace Indicators [XLSX, 406 KB] initiative presents statistics pertaining to the marketplace for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs). The ICANN organization intends to publish updates semi-annually to track progress against its strategic goal to "support the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable and trusted."

ICANN org collaborated with a community Advisory Panel on this effort. The version 1.0 indicator schema [PDF, 1.01 MB] outlines the indicator categories, dimensions/factors, and metrics, and includes a glossary of terminology. The specific calculations performed to arrive upon the indicator values are available in the version 1.0 indicator taxonomy document [PDF, 1 MB].

Concurrent to the release of these Version 1.0 marketplace indicators, ICANN org will continue to work with the community and the Advisory Panel to evaluate additional enhancements that might be incorporated as part of this initiative. Access to detailed datasets for the reported indicators is being evaluated as part of ICANN's Open Data Platform initiative.

2019 Contracted Parties Survey Results

ICANN org commissioned the MITA Group to conduct the third annual survey of ICANN contracted parties that concluded in April 2019. The goal of the survey is to determine how the GDD is fulfilling its stated mission and objectives and what steps the GDD can take to work more effectively with the ICANN community and contracted parties as a group. The published results include a slide presentation of the survey questions and answers and a summary of the results provided by the MITA Group.

ICANN 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey [PDF, 599 KB]
ICANN 2019 Contracted Parties Satisfaction Survey Summary [PDF, 149 KB]

2018 Contracted Parties Survey Results

ICANN 2018 Contracted Parties Survey [PDF, 4.41 MB]
ICANN Contracted Parties Survey Memo [PDF, 604 KB]

2017 Contracted Parties Survey Results

ICANN 2017 Contracted Parties Survey [PDF, 1 MB]
ICANN Contracted Parties Survey Memo [PDF, 479 KB]
GDD Action Plan to 2017 Contracted Party Survey [PDF, 300 KB]

Operational Metrics

Performance Metrics

The performance metrics below are calculated on a rolling 12-month basis. The information will be updated monthly and published by the end of the following month.

Summary Analysis Reports

Summary analysis reports are generated each calendar year. The information will be updated annually and published by the end of the first calendar quarter.

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."