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Thursday, November 04, 2010

For Cymru read Cayman Islands

The BBC report that the four-year campaign to secure a ".cym" internet address for Wales has been lost to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean.

There are still plans though to bid for a Welsh version of the .com or .co.uk domain possibly looking at .cymru instead:

The Cayman Islands already has its own internet domain, .ky, but it is also registered to use .cym.

DotCYM was set up in 2006 to campaign for a Welsh internet address name and claims the support of businesses, local authorities and public bodies.

The group has the support of the Welsh Assembly Government, which awarded it a £20,000 grant in 2008.

The Welsh bid follows the successful .cat application from the Catalan linguistic and cultural community.

Following the set back, DotCYM managing director Siôn Jobbins, from Aberystwyth, has asked supporters to come up with new suggestions and has appealed for their views.

Mr Jobbins said the Welsh domain bid would be presented at the "earliest possible opportunity" to Icann, the organisation controlling names on the internet.

"It looks increasingly likely that Icann will open the application process in 2011 so we need to decide on the Welsh domain by the end of this year," he added.

"We'd like to hear the views of people on which domain they'd like to use, for instance .cymru .cwl (Cymru Wales) or .wales.

"We are still going ahead with the bid and that isn't affected. Not being able to use .cym is a shame, but it's not a problem."

Mr Jobbins said after submitting the bid his group would have to wait for up to six months for approval and it could be a year before the domain goes live.

Let us hope that they are successful.
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