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ccTLD Workshops

ICANN has been organizing, co-organising or participating in various workshops for ccTLD registries around the world. Such seminars used to have been set up by the Internet Society together with other Internet related organizations. A list of the workshops is available at: http://www.isoc.org/educpillar/cctld/

In the context of the Strategic Plan 2006-2009, ICANN has foreseen specific training and educational activities in favor of ccTLD operators in co-operation with other Internet organizations.

The purpose of these activities is to provide the local operators with technical training so that they can contribute to maintain stable, reliable and secure services for the respective Internet communities. Furthermore, the workshops touch on registry policies and management procedures.

Workshops organized by ISOC have also provided a hands-on clinic in a lab environment for ccTLD technical staff to learn about existing tools and software for registry operations. This includes demonstrations with the toolset developers so participants can determine how to best format their data to register domains for their ccTLDs, set up nameservice, exchange secondaries, create WHOIS data, etc. Users will get expert advice on how to automate and scale up their current operations, and pointers on how to structure their existing data for use with open source toolsets.

Moreover, ccTLD managers attending the seminars have the chance to meet with their regional peers, to share best practices and to learn from past experiences that both the tutors and other registry managers are pleased to talk about during the discussion.

Workshops calendar

ccTLD workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 24-26
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ccTLD workshop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20-21
Download the agenda | View agenda page with downloadable presentations

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