First Minister supports dotSCOT campaign

14.12.08

Scotnom welcomes the public endorsement of the dotscot campaign by the First Minister of Scotland.

Efforts are now well under way to secure an internet domain name based on Scotland's culture and identity, with new surveys showing strong support for the idea at home and abroad.

The Scottish Government has set up a Working Group to prepare the ground for a bid for a new domain to be made during 2009, the Year of Homecoming.

Research among a representative sample of Scottish organisations and institutions shows 58 per cent backing for the principle of a Scottish domain and only 18 per cent against. Interim findings from an international survey show even stronger support with 82 per cent in favour.

In both samples the research shows that .scot is preferred ahead of .sco by a large majority.

Mr Salmond was in Catalonia learning of the .cat experience when he made the announcement. Speaking ahead of his visit, Mr Salmond said:

"The time is ripe for the worldwide family of Scots to have their own domain reflecting an online community defined by a shared commitment to Scottish identity, culture and economic promotion."

"It is not only for Scots who live in Scotland but for our extensive diaspora and it will be particularly appropriate for a bid to be made during the 2009 Year of Homecoming."

"The .cat domain has proved highly successful for the linguistic and cultural community of Catalonia and is an excellent example of what can be achieved. Indeed it is in part thanks to the success of .cat that bids for other gTLDs are now actively encouraged. In Wales, for example, efforts are underway by the Welsh Assembly Government to secure a domain name."

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the international body responsible for the domain name system, is to invite applications for new gTLDs during 2009.

The Scottish Working Group was set up after a campaigning group submitted a petition to the Scottish Parliament asking the Scottish Government to support the idea of a new Scotland-specific gTLD.