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dotShabaka Diary — Day 18, More TMCH uncertainty

Kevin Murphy, October 12, 2013, 10:45:36 (UTC), Domain Registries

The eighteenth installment of dotShabaka Registry’s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Friday 11 October 2013

We are not sure if anyone else has noticed, but there are differences between the published documentation for Rights Protection Mechanisms, Trademark Clearinghouse and the transition to delegation process. This has created confusion.

To seek clarification, we sent the following questions to ICANN for a response:

Issue 1

IBM confirmed in an email on the 4th of October that شبكة. has passed TMDB testing. The message was:

“…confirm that all tests are ok and have asked to forward your certification request to ICANN.”

Based on this correspondence, it is our understanding that we are at the “Email ICANN CSC – Confirm Tests Completed” stage of the process as outlined in IBM’s TMCH swim lane diagram (pdf).

The next action in the process is ICANN’s – “CSC Sends Request to Registry Services for Actual Sunrise and Claims Start/End Dates”. Our understanding is that the reference to Registry Services is the Registry Services department of ICANN. The CSC will not be able to complete the next action “CSC Updates Existing Line in .csv File with Actual S&C Start/End Dates” until the Registry Operator submits its notice to ICANN (after it is delegated).

Can you please confirm there is no formal step where ICANN (or IBM) provides the Registry Operator with a “pass” certificate or other formal confirmation.

Issue 2

Section 2.1.1 of the RPM Requirements Document (pdf) states that the Registry Operator must provide TLD Startup Information to ICANN and the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator. However, section 2.1.2 states that such information must be submitted through the customer service portal.

Can you confirm that submission of the TLD Startup Information through the portal serves to satisfy the requirement to provide TLD Startup Information to ICANN and the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator as specified in Section 2.1.1?

Issue 3

Section 2.1.1.1 states that the TLD Startup Information needs to include confirmation that the registry operator has completed testing.

Does this confirmation need to be in a specific form?

Will an email from IBM suffice? If so, who must the email be from i.e. project manager and what must it state specifically?

Issue 4

Section 2.1.1.2 states that the TLD Startup Information needs to include confirmation that the TMCH Sunrise and Claims Operator has accepted the start and end dates prior to the Registry Operator providing the TLD Startup Information. This step of the process is not described in the Process Document.

Does this confirmation need to be in a specific form?

Does IBM have a SLA with ICANN to ensure such confirmation is provided within a specific timeframe to ensure that a Registry Operator’s ability to submit its TLD Startup Information is not compromised by delays?

Issue 5

For clarity can you incorporate the requirements of section 2.1 of the RPM Requirements Document into the TMDB Registration and Access to Production Platform Process swim lane diagram?

Issue 6

Please outline the process for our back-end registry services provider to gain access to the TMCH production environment. 

If this process involves IBM or other external parties please also provide service level expectations so we can include allowance in scheduling of Sunrise and other launch periods

We will let you know when we get a response.

Read previous and future diary entries here.

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