Top-Level Domain Name
This page contains letters or expressions of support that we have received for the .geo top-level domain name proposal.
- Curt Shepard, WorldScene Productions (6 Nov)
- Henry Kucera, Spatial Solutions (5 Nov)
- Larry Stephens, Booz-Allen and Hamilton (4 Nov)
- Neil Trevett, Web3D Consortium (29 Oct)
- Dr. Gregory Haddock, Northwest Missouri State University (26 Oct)
- Dimo Calovski, United Nations (29 Oct)
- W. David Schwaderer (25 Oct)
- Dr. Anthony Steed, University College London (24 Oct)
- Mark Anderson, Technology Alliance Partners (20 Oct)
- George Percivall, NASA (19 Oct)
- Oliver Hillel, United Nations Environment Programme (19 Oct)
- Don Brutzman, Naval Postgraduate School (19 Oct)
- Theresa-Marie Rhyne, ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project (18 Oct)
- Lorenza Jachia, UNCTAD (17 Oct)
- V. P. Bagnall, Association of European Travel Agents (16 Oct)
- Dr. Philippe Quéau, UNESCO
- Recommendations to UNCTAD
Mon, November 6, 2000
My name is Curt Shepard, President of WorldScene Productions Inc.
Please accept this e-mail as our support for the Dot-Geo application.
The indexing of diverse vertical bodies of knowlege at varying scales of detail will have a profound effect on our ability to make informed decisions.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment
WorldScene Productions Inc.
Sun, November 5, 2000
As a member of the ISO standards communities and a developer of solutions in the fields that deal with geolocated information I think that the time for .geo is now. In the past year our firm has worked with several agencies in many countries to evaluate their needs regarding infrastructure, communication and interoperability and one of the key missing components is the framework proposed by SRI.
We have just completed a study for the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure and based on our findings I believe that .geo can have a positive effect on the developing national efforts. With regard to the issues that were raised by Mr. Kottman, I think we haved evolved far enough along in our quest to make geographical applications mainstream to recognize another positive move. Just as OGC provided a less restrictive forum than the conventional standards groups and helped bring the big players to the standards arena, the .geo will increase the awareness of the power of spatial computing beyond the traditional boundaries.
I think the .geo is a good thing and I hope the proposal succeeds.
Holonics Data Management Group
Sat, November 4, 2000
The comments provided are my own and do not represent my employer.
We should commend SRI for having the technical understanding, business model, and vision to develop and advance the .geo proposal. This effort provides the framework for a spatial knowledge ecology open to everyone and where communities of interest can develop, grow, and be enriched by an "open" approach which is not owned by any particular company, industry, government, or individual. Clearly while the objective of the proposal is to have a viable business model which responds to the marketplace and commercial drivers the another objective is also to meet the "spirit of public good." Not acting in a responsible manner which marries these objectives would damage and discredit the effort -- not in the best interests of SRI.
Until I read SRI's proposal my "world view" of how spatial services behaved on the Internet was more myopic and parochial than now. Already as a potential user of the spatial products and services from this framework and a professional working in this field for over two decades my thinking and understanding have been stretched. Location Services, a hot topic and field, which is growing rapidly presents us with a picture of commodity services available to and of interest to millions of people either directly through mobile applications and data to cellular phone users or as part of "yellow pages" services that locates a business for us and provides directions. Industry in response to this commercial opportunity will build new applications and data providing new knowledge rich environments. As a result of this commercial investment, government and public services will benefit from these additions and will be able to exercise opportunistic leveraging of the technology, data, and services to improve their "public service" delivery capabilities. Efforts like National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI), and Digital Earth should benefit greatly.
Like any project which represents such a large domain space and impacts the global community many questions exist. The logistics of coordinating such an effort presents SRI with many challenges. Reaching all the potential stakeholders and getting consensus with all of them is an impossible and unrealistic task when the range of stakeholders stretches from individuals to commercial service providers like travel agencies and telecommunications companies to software developers like geographic information systems companies to local, regional, and national government service providers like city and regional planning agencies and national mapping agencies, and finally to global public services providers like the United Nations.
If we approach this proposal, which is an incredible opportunity, with a spirit of trust and respect and follow an approach which offers understanding and requests an open dialogue with SRI directed at a reasonable consensus/inclusionary process, I believe that this effort is a win-win for everyone. By recognizing that as a community we can work together to solve both the policy and technical issues which the various implementations will encompass we will be stronger and the benefits achieved by the global community will be significant and richer. The other option is to crush the effort, tossing it aside, with the knowledge that we will not know when next we might have such an opportunity.
I choose to recognize the "vision" and opportunity presented by this proposal and work with SRI to provide the best spatial framework for the global community. Let's go do this together.
Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc.
Sun, October 29, 2000
The Web3D Consortium wholeheartedly supports the .geo top-level domain name proposal from SRI International. We believe that this facility will introduce a completely new type of service to the Web, one that has vast potential to increase the market share of 3D on the Web.
The Web3D Consortium is a non-profit organization with a mandate to develop and promote open standards to enable 3D Web and broadcast applications. The Consortium successfully gained approval for VRML 97 as International Standard ISO/IEC 14772 in December 1997 and is currently driving the X3D project to create the next evolution of the VRML standard. The Consortium is comprised of over 100 leading corporations and educational institutions and over 50 individual Professional Members contributing their expertise to Consortium activities.
The Consortium believes that the .geo proposal offers a novel and efficient use of the DNS for indexing and searching all data on the Web based upon a physical geospatial coordinate. Something that is not possible today on the Web. With this capability, along with the convergence of consumer-level 3D graphics cards and open graphics standards such as VRML and X3D, we see the creation of new markets and services across diverse fields such as tourism, education, online gaming, real-estate, location-based wireless services, and geographic information systems. These will ultimately benefit the end-user by providing more direct and timely access to the relevant information that they desire.
We strongly urge ICANN to select the .geo gTLD and enable these new services on the Web today.
Thu, October 26, 2000
My name is Gregory Haddock and I am an Assistant Professor of Geography at Northwest Missouri State University. I believe this innovative domain registry proposed for .geo would be a vast improvement over present methods for searching for geographic content on the Internet.
For education purposes such as regional studies, site analysis, and general exploration, students must use search engines with spatial keywords that constantly yield links that range from useful to gibberish. The dot-geo approach will be most beneficial when a student is trying to find out important information about a geographic location using original data from that region.
I would love to have my students be able to look up information geographically for their own research assignments. If I give an assignment that requires the student to use regional web-sites, there is no way to immediately narrow down their choices. A cultural site from Central America can still be hosted from a machine in Herndon, Virginia, but retain its accurate .geo address.
For the web-tourist, this method will enable users to find sites based on traditional search methods AND its geographic location. For example, to find Bed and Breakfast web-sites, you have to hope that the business has registered their name in search engines with proper key-words, or at least be listed on the community's business bureau. While this makes it easy to find a B&B in Winterset, Iowa, it is still mostly a useless method for finding one in a 10-block radius in Manhatten Island. (Yes, there are B&B's in NYC.)
SRI is correct, most of the data on the web has a spatial component.
Gregory Haddock, Ph.D
Department of Geology / Geography
Northwest Missouri State University
Thu, October 26, 2000
I support SRI's proposal for .geo tld.
The web's greatest value is promoting democracy in culture, politics, education, health, environment and commerce. It does so by enabling and empowering communication worldwide, not only in the US and Europe.
One of the defining aspects of any individual and her or his materialization in the world of family and friends, culture, entertainment, politics, education, health, environment and commerce is their location. If we breath, think and do, we do so in a certain place and it is a defining element of our existence. While there are purely virtual and digitizable activities and experiences to be had, what defines us is who we love, the music of our region, the politics of the day, our local educational (mis)matches, the smell of our surroundings and how we do business. There is certainly more to this.
Unless the person or group I would be communicating with on the Internet is dealing with purely virtual and digitizable activities and experiences, I want to know about their physicality, be able to search for everybody on a geographic basis as well. The .geo proposal aims to deliver on this issue and to humanize the Web. Its objective and ideas are very important for local communities, in particular outside the US, and to some extent Europe.
The implications are important for sustainable development, cultural and biological diversity and assisting communication between people outside the US and Europe. Criticism has been tabled in this discussion and I am sure SRI greatly appreciates these as they can only improve its ambitions.
.geo should be given the opportunity to succeed (as well as to fail).
ICANN: lets give it a shot!
Disclaimer: Dimo Calovski works with the United Nations in Geneva. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the United Nations or any of its bodies.
Wed, October 25, 2000
This proposed domain name would have vast implications for emerging digital imaging applications for the Web, all of them positive.
For instance, immersive imaging, known under various names such as Virtual Reality, etc., provides 360 degree images from a single rotation point. Such images will benefit immensely from having an associated geographical anchor point - one that ".geo" can admirably provide. The end collective result will be image collections that will have historical interest for millenniums.
Imagine the archeological value of knowing exactly what Rome looked like thousands ago, and how the city expanded over time. Today, the world hotly debates global warming. Time sequence images spanning centuries captured at the same geographic co-ordinate on glaciers and polar ice caps might well help sort out the issue. But, its difficult to know where the images were captured when all you can see is a two mile thick ice cap stretching to all horizons.
The application to beach erosion study, resort facilities, climatology, volcanic activities, agriculture, desert creep, geology are endless. This proposed domain name is an absolute winner.
W. David Schwaderer
Tue, October 24, 2000
I would like to add my support for this proposal. Like the previous poster we have a real need for such a scheme for an upcoming project which will look at integration of live data about urban-scale virtual environments. Live data about a real city will be geo-referenced and integrated with virtual models for display on a variety of portable, embedded and immersive display systems.
Our project (www.equator.ac.uk), funded by the UK government, is in the start up phase, so making .geo a priority will give us a sound base to build on right from the start.
Dr Anthony Steed
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Fri, October 20, 2000
I am the founder of the Earth II proposal, and the publisher of the Strategic News Service, and I am writing in support of the .geo tld proposal.
Having spent several years working on the potential uses for a global linkage very similar to this one, I want to share my experiences with ICANN: I believe that there is a global demand which spans markets, technologies, and (of course) geographies, which would be well-served by .geo. Specifically, my experience, gained through maintaining a website on this subject for several years, and from numerous replies to Strategic News Service issues on this subject, has been that there is widespread support for almost all of the resulting applications that such a global addressing system would allow.
I believe that implementing this GIS-like global addressing system is qualitatively different from other dotplaces suggestions, and that it would not only allow such suggestions to also flourish, but would serve the larger purpose of integrating location data into the substance of the Web. Such integration will offer a platform to any and all future users, ASPs, and service providers.
Because location is now a crucial aspect of global data, implenting this tld would be of significant assistance to the community at large.
Please consider this a top priority.
president, technology alliance partners
founder, Earth II
Thu, October 19, 2000
The NASA Digital Earth Office (DEO) supports the .geo proposal with one reservation. The .geo TLD will provide simple access to geospatial data using the familiar coordinates of latitude and longitude - a goal supported by Digital Earth. The DEO concern is that the ".geo Forum" to be established within SRI, may not reflect the wider needs of the geospatial community. SRI should be the secretariat of the .geo Forum with a membership structure as described below.
By providing simple access to geospatial data, the .geo TLD will advance the geospatial community's progress in providing the value of geospatial data. The geospatial community is vibrant and active with multiple coordinated organizations representing all sectors: commercial, government, not-for-profit; in the United States and worldwide. A sample list of geospatial organizations:
- Digital Earth (www.digitalearth.gov)
- Federal Geographic Data Committee (www.fgdc.gov)
- ISO Technical Committee 211 (www.statkart.no/isotc211)
- OpenGIS Consortium (www.opengis.org)
- Committee for Earth Observation Satellites (wgiss.ceos.org)
- Global Data Spatial Infrastructure (www.gsdi.org)
- Joint Steering Group on Spatial Standardization (www.spatialstandards.org)
(The listing of an organization in this message does not indicate endorsement of .geo by the organization, except for DEO.)
The geospatial community has multiple examples of success in interoperability of geospatial data based on standards. The geospatial community has been lauded for its progress on metadata which is a basis for advancing the semantic web. Recently, collaborations in the telecommunications industry have contacted several of the geospatial organizations in support of building the location based services infrastructure that would certainly use the .geo TLD.
[... description of .geo Forum as suggested by DEO, see ICANN posting ...]
for NASA's Digital Earth Office
Thu, October 19, 2000
Having recently heard about SRI's proposal to ICANN to create a .geo domain, I wanted to comment that I believe that it would be a great tool for:
* well-informed and discriminating travelers that want to select exciting destinations in particular areas, or plan their trips. As the number of experienced travelers increases, .geo will be an essential support system for better and wiser traveling. Imagine a combination of an universal and ever-updating travel guide and a map as detailed as you'd like! It could make it easier for them to find small- and medium-sized enterprises that may have less chance of becoming members of mega-Web travel portals. This would also enhance the distribution of benefits to local populations. It also seems to me that by giving each posting a geographical reference, we increase the information provider's accountability and responsibility.
* researchers wanting to correlate geo-referenced information to data on tourism and the environment (both cultural and natural) - such as UNEP, for instance.
For these reasons, I would like to fully support SRI's proposal, and look forward to using .geo in the near future.
(the opinions expressed in this e-mail are personal, and do not reflect the views of the UN system, UNEP or its divisions)
Tourism Programme Coordinator
United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
Thu, October 19, 2000
I'm a researcher and educator at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. We've been working with SRI on .geo-related work for several years. Their efforts leading an open working group produced GeoVRML, which has been approved as a Recommended Practice by the Web3D Consortium. We are further providing GeoVRML support in the forthcoming VRML 200x specification, which includes an XML encoding called Extensible 3D (X3D) graphics.
With 3D content on the Web becoming well served by these practices, it becomes more important than ever that proper network connectivity be provided for geographic resources. We fully support the .geo proposal and plan to continue as active participants. I urge approval of the .geo proposal.
Chair of X3D Task Group and
Member of Web3D Consortium Board of Directors
Wed, October 18, 2000
This note is in support of SRI International's ICANN application to create a new top-level domain for the discovery of geospatial information entitled ".geo".
On July 26th, 2000, at the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics (ACM-SIGGRAPH)'s annual conference (SIGGRAPH 2000), SRI International presented their intent to submit an ICANN proposal for ".geo" at the ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Birds of a Feather Session. The ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project is an effort, begun in 1996, to explore how viewpoints and techniques from the computer graphics community can be effectively applied to cartographic and spatial data sets. TheGeoVRML working group of the Web3D Consortium is an outgrowth of the ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project's effort and the Carto Project also has an ongoing collaboration with the International Cartographic Association's Commission on Visualization and Virtual Reality.
SRI International's ".geo" proposal was enthusiastically embraced at the ACM SIGGRAPH Carto BOF and we are thrilled to see that their proposal has been put forward to ICANN.
For a summary of the ACM SIGGRAPH Carto BOF meeting at SIGGRAPH 2000, please see:
We are hopeful that SRI International's ".geo" proposal will receive a positive review by ICANN.
ACM SIGGRAPH Carto Project
Tue, October 17, 2000
My name is Lorenza Jachia from the Electronic Commerce Section of UNCTAD (United Nations Conferenceon Trade and Development) Secretariat.
The following is based on my personal opinion and does not represent the views of the UNCTAD secretariat or its Member States on the issue.
In the context of the tourism industry, the implementation of the .geo proposal would allow Internet users to access websites of tourism service providers directly, without a need for search engines or travel agents, be they brick and mortar or virtual. This would allow a more direct link between the final consumer and the hotel or tour operator in the destination country.
In turn, this would promote a more equitable distribution of the gains from trade from tourism, which now works disproportionately in favour of intermediaries. In a development perspective, if service providers in developing countries are able to retain a a higher proportion of revenue, local communities will be able to work towards better management of destinations, from an environmental, cultural, and social point of view.
Clearly, the .geo proposal cannot by itself provide a solution to suc a complex range of issues. But it is a step in the right direction.
Additionally, from the point of view of a research institution, the .geo proposal will allow a better classification of economic activities on the web from a geographical point of view.
I thus fully support the .geo proposal.
Electronic Commerce Section
UNCTAD (United Nations Conferenceon Trade and Development) Secretariat
Mon, October 16, 2000
...often when we search for something within the travel business we get some relevent [information] and often alot of garbage. I do believe that .geo could make [life] in our industry better easier to find and only travel related products or places would be found. Searches perhaps on long/lat would make it even more efficient. Lets really give a good idea a chance.
V. P. Bagnall
Association of European Travel Agents
"I find the .geo initiative really interesting. .geo is compatible with UNESCO purposes and can be a great help in this concern. At this stage, we cannot formally endorse it. We can only warmly support the initiative. But UNESCO in principle is interested to examine the possibility, to become a member of the .geo Council to help evolve the .geo in the public interest."
Dr. Philippe Quéau
Director, Information Society Division
Tel +33 1 45 68 45 00
Fax +33 1 45 68 55 83
"Conclusion 25. In cooperation with other appropriate bodies, UNCTAD should encourage the adoption of open data standards, e-signatures, and new Internet developments (e.g., new Top-Level Domains such as ".geo") where these would assist in opening up the e-tourism marketplace, taking into account in particular the development dimensions of the sector; and ensure that e-commerce serves equitably the needs of developed and developing nations, and can contribute to social and environmental accountability within the tourism industry."
Expert Meeting on Electronic Commerce and Tourism
Recommendations to UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Geneva, 18-20 September 2000 (TD/B/COM3/EM.9/L.1)