gTLD Application Tracker now has advanced search functionality

Kevin Murphy
December 29, 2012
Analysis

We’ve made a number of updates and enhancements to the New gTLD Application Tracker database and search engine in December, designed to make it easier for applicants and other interested parties to predict the potential competitive environment as applications head into the home stretch of final approval and ultimate delegation.

These are some of the new features now live on the Application Tracker:

  • Priority Numbering. Each application is now trackable by its Prioritization Draw number, and the search index is sorted by priority by default.
  • GAC Early Warnings. Each of the 241 Early Warnings submitted by the Governmental Advisory Committee has been linked to the relevant application. Warnings are downloadable in PDF format from the application view page, if applicable. Search queries can also be configured with a click to exclude all applications that received warnings. Note that the database does not currently include warnings that were filed late by the European Commission and Iran as it is not yet clear whether these are “official” Early Warnings.The database will be updated when their status is clarified.
  • Advanced Search. Nine new options are available in the search engine, designed to make it easier to see the data you want to see by excluding certain types of applications — such as those with Early Warnings — from your queries.
    • IDNs. You can now choose to exclude IDN applications or non-IDN applications if you’re only interested in one or the other.
    • Geographic and Community applications — which may trigger certain special evaluation criteria with associated timing implications during the ICANN process — can also be removed from results as desired.
    • Registration Policies. If you’re interested only in applications for “Open” gTLDs — those without any planned registration restrictions — you can choose to ignore Single-Registrant (including dot-brand) and “Restricted” applications in your results.
    • Contention. If you’re attempting to predict a possible delegation queue, you can exclude all contested applications — which may, failing early resolution, be delayed by auctions or other settlement processes — from your results. On the assumption that two-way contention sets are more likely to be quickly resolved than larger ones, you can also choose to exclude only contention sets with more than two applicants from your results.

To see an example of the kinds of results pages than can be built, clicking the search button below will generate a prioritized list of Open, non-IDN applications that are have two or fewer applicants and no GAC Early Warnings.

As before, the database is in most cases aware of applicants’ corporate parents. A query for “donuts” in the applicant field will generate results associated with Donuts Inc, for example, regardless of the legal name of the applicant.

The Application Tracker will continue to be enhanced as the new gTLD evaluation process continues. When Objections and GAC Advice begins to be published in March and April, for example, the Tracker will be updated to enable filtering based on those criteria.


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