Agreement: Attachment 1 (.museum)
Posted: 20 August 2001
The .museum TLD
will be established to serve the needs of the international museum community.
It will be managed in accordance with the provisions of this charter ("Charter")
and in the interests of that community.
1. The Sponsor
will be responsible for establishing registration requirements for the
.museum TLD, provided that registrations shall be granted only to entities
that are museums (as defined in item 2 below), professional associations
of museums, or individuals who are professional museum workers (as defined
in item 7 below).
2. For the
purposes of this Charter, the basic definition of a "museum"
is provided in Article 2, Paragraph 1 of the Statutes of the International
Council of Museums ("ICOM"), as quoted below. The Sponsor
may extend this definition to cover other entities that acquire, conserve,
and communicate or exhibit evidence of people or their environment,
if petitioned to do so by a recognized professional organization within
the museum community, provided that any such extension is in accordance
with community perceptions about the prevailing scope of the field of
3. The Sponsor
may clarify this definition as may be necessary for the operation of
the domain, subject to the limits on extension in item 2 above.
4. The Sponsor
may establish stricter requirements for registrants according to the
requirements for policy-development set forth in the Sponsorship Agreement.
5. The Sponsor
will promptly convey to ICOM all statements of museum community need
that may result in the Sponsor amending the definition of "museum"
referred to in item 2 above, with the request that ICOM consider, in
accordance with its procedures, commensurate modification to its definition
of "museum" at the earliest date at which this may be done.
6. The Sponsor
will promptly convey to ICANN any modifications that may be made to
the definition of "museum" provided in the ICOM Statutes.
7. For the
purposes of this Charter, the definition of "professional museum
worker" is provided in Article 2, Paragraph 2 of the ICOM Statutes,
as quoted below. A professional museum worker shall receive registrations
of Registered Names within .museum only (a) under one or more role-descriptive
second-level sub-domains within .museum (e.g., john.smith.curator.museum
and jane.doe.conservator.museum) established for this purpose or (b)
under one or more sub-domains assigned to a museum or museums with which
the worker is affiliated.
2 of the Statutes of the International Council of Museums:
The ICOM Statutes
were adopted by the 16th General Assembly of ICOM (The Hague, The Netherlands,
5 September 1989), amended by the 18th General Assembly of ICOM (Stavanger,
Norway, 7 July 1995), and amended again by the 20th General Assembly of
ICOM (Barcelona, Spain, 6 July 2001).
Article 2 - Definitions
1. A museum is a non-profit
making, permanent institution in the service of society and of its development,
and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates
and exhibits, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, material
evidence of people and their environment.
(a) The above definition
of a museum shall be applied without any limitation arising from the
nature of the governing body, the territorial character, the functional
structure or the orientation of the collections of the institution concerned.
(b) In addition to institutions
designated as "museums" the following qualify as museums for
the purposes of this definition:
(i) natural, archaeological
and ethnographic monuments and sites and historical monuments and
sites of a museum nature that acquire, conserve and communicate material
evidence of people and their environment;
(ii) institutions holding
collections of and displaying live specimens of plants and animals,
such as botanical and zoological gardens, aquaria and vivaria;
(iii) science centres
(iv) non profit art exhibition
(v) nature reserves;
(vi) international or
national or regional or local museum organizations, ministries or
departments or public agencies responsible for museums as per the
definition given under this article;
(vii) non-profit institutions
or organizations undertaking conservation, research, education, training,
documentation and other activities relating to museums and museology;
(viii) cultural centres
and other entities that facilitate the preservation, continuation
and management of tangible or intangible heritage resources (living
heritage and digital creative activity); and
(ix) such other institutions
as the Executive Council, after seeking the advice of the Advisory
Committee, considers as having some or all of the characteristics
of a museum, or as supporting museums and professional museum personnel
through museological research, education or training.
2. Professional museum workers
include all the personnel of museums or institutions qualifying as museums
in accordance with the definition in Article 2, para. 1, having received
specialized training, or possessing an equivalent practical experience,
in any field relevant to the management and operations of a museum,
and independent persons respecting the ICOM Code of Professional Ethics
and working for museums as defined above, either in a professional or
advisory capacity, but not promoting or dealing with any commercial
products and equipment required for museums and services.
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should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.