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NomCom1 Progress and Milestones

The graphic below illustrates phases and status of each review – a Checkmark indicates that all activities within a given phase have been completed. The chart that follows the graphic provides further details of key activities and milestones within each phase. The table also contains links to relevant documents.

At-NomCom1 Phase


Phase Activity Description Start Date Documents
Plan Review Appointment of review team members Appointment of review team members 30 Mar 2007
Appointment of final review team members Appointment of review finalization working group members 30 Jul 2009
Public comment on Terms of Reference Public Comment on Terms of Reference 11 Dec 2006
Terms of Reference Document outlining the scope of work approved by the Board 15 Mar 2007
RFP for external consultant Independent Expert Request for Proposals announcement 15 Mar 2007
Conduct Review Selection of independent consultant Announcement of selection of independent consultant 19 Jul 2007
Final Report of External Consultant Independent Review of the ICANN Nominating Committee prepared by Interisle Consulting Group, LLC 23 Oct 2007
Public Comment Summary Summary of public comments received in response to the external consultant's report 11 Apr 2008
NomCom Review Finalization Group Draft Working Group Report Draft Report of the NomCom Review Finalization Working Group 23 Sep 2009
NomCom Review Finalization Group Final Report Final report submitted to ICANN Board 29 Jan 2010
Board receipt of the Final Report Board action and resolution 12 Mar 2010
Plan Implementation Board action on review team recommendations Board action and resolution 25 Jun 2010
Implement Improvements Implementation Project Plan Project plan outlines approach developed to implement the recommendations outlined in the Final Report 5 Nov 2010
Board approval of Implementation Plan Approval of NomCom Review Implementation 10 Dec 2010
Latest details of implementation Updated information on the NomCom Improvements Implementation Project 1 Mar 2012
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"""" is not an IDN."