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NY Convergence ORIGINAL

Hunter College Examines Neighborhoods for .nyc TLD

NYConvergence ORIGINAL

By: Amy Berryhill

The Hunter College Graduate School of Urban Affairs released a report for the non-profit group Connecting.nyc Inc., addressing the creation of new NYC neighborhood Web sites. Connecting.nyc is sponsoring the creation of the .nyc top level domain and hopes to reserve neighborhood specific domain names for civic use. According to their website, "residents and businesses can more easily locate and network with one another within a zoned .nyc top level domain. Civic awareness, community pride, self empowerment, and prosperity will follow."

So how does a neighborhood move from getting their own .nyc site to enjoying pride, empowerment and prosperity? The Hunter College report says that it will require solutions to two complicated questions: How is a neighborhood defined and who will run each site?

The 31 page report addresses these questions by focusing on three case study neighborhoods and comes to the conclusions below.

"Our recommendations include: emphasizing collaboration in dotNeighborhood governance; be flexible when allocating neighborhood domains, since there are some situations where it may make sense to be creative and combine neighborhoods into a single channel or expand a channel to include surrounding areas; and lastly there needs to be a good balance of content that reflects the many needs of a given community."

This is a huge undertaking, considering the current working list of 305 NYC neighborhoods. Connecting.nyc is looking for user feedback on their site in advance of the launch of the new TLD in 2011, and hosts public meetings on the topic.

  • There’s a meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 PM, at the Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, just off second avenue, at which the Hunter report will be presented.
    Also, related dotNeighborhood plans will be presented and opportunities explored.