Best Practices by TechOps

About Us


TechOps is an initiative first founded in April 2017 by the ICANN Registrar Stakeholder Group (RrSG) to address technical and operational needs and challenges. In this process, it became clear that an additional joint initiative with the ICANN Registry Stakeholder Group (RySG) is necessary. Our mutual goal is to create an open space to exchange experiences, to discuss ideas, and ideally to create best practices. In September 2017, the joint group was kicked off with its first remote meeting. Since that time we had many calls and face to face meetings, during those we have been working on many topics, such as Maintenance, Reports, Domain Transfers.

Members


The following members of the following companies are supporting TechOps.

If you are a member of the RySG or RrSG and some of your software developers, product managers or other colleagues want to join, please contact your respective Secretaries.

united-domains
GoDaddy
Afilias
1&1 IONOS
Realtime Register
Brandma
Tucows
MarkMonitor
Donuts
name.com
dnsimple
One.com
Cloudflare
CentralNic
MMX
Neustar

Publications, Papers, Projects and Presentations


Documents and best practices we are working on, or we are supporting

What is the workflow and what are the next steps for our documents? It usually starts with a discussion, and then we begin drafting a first paper, which we iteratively improve. If we think it is good enough, we are publishing it. We usually discuss the work we are supporting, and then we provide feedback.

1. New Transfer Process

  in discussion
GDPR affected the gTLD transfer process. Currently, we discuss how to improve the domain transfer process to be smoother, securer and GDPR compliant in the future.
The current whitepaper, which presents our proposal for domain transfers, is on Google Docs.
A comparison between the TempSpec and our suggestion is on Google Drawings.
 

2. Reporting

These documents describe a Reporting Repository and Report Structure including specific Reports.
 
2.1. Reporting Repository
  Proof of Concept
This document describes a Reporting Repository used to provide Reports, which is defined by the Report Structure.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
An overview of implementations can be found here.
 
2.2. Report Structure
  Proof of Concept
This document describes the default Report Structure provided via the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
An overview of implementations can be found here.
 
2.3. Transaction Report
  Proof of Concept
This document describes the content of a Transaction Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
An overview of implementations can be found here.
 
2.4. Premium Domain Fee Report
  Ready for Implementation
This document describes the content of a Premium Domain Fee Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
 
2.5. Domain Inventory Report
  Proof of Concept
This document describes the content of a Domain Inventory Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
An overview of implementations can be found here.
 
2.6. Domain Drop List Report
  Ready for Implementation
This document describes the content of a Domain Drop List Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
 
2.7. Unavailable Domain Report
  Ready for Implementation
This document describes the content of an Unavailable Domain Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
 
2.8. Contact Inventory Report
  Proof of Concept
This document describes the content of a Contact Inventory Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
An overview of implementations can be found here.
 
2.9. Host Inventory Report
  in discussion
This document describes the content of a Host Inventory Report based on the Report Structure and delivered by the Reporting Repository.
 

3. Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) related

These documents are related to EPP and include maintenance, mapping, transition, and more.
 
3.1. Registry Maintenance Notifications for the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)
  submitted to IETF
This document describes an Extensible Provision Protocol (EPP) mapping for the Registry Maintenance Notifications used when Domain Name Registries will conduct maintenances, and for retrieving this information.
The current status of this work is on GitHub and IETF.
 
3.2. Registry Mapping for the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)
  supporting
This document describes an Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) mapping for provisioning registry zones (e.g., top-level domains) in a Domain Name Registry. The attributes of a registry zone include the features and policies of the registry zone.
The current status of this work is on IETF.
 
3.3. Registry Transition
  in discussion
Given the expansion of the DNS namespace, registry transitions occur more often. Therefore, it is desirable to provide a method for registrars to see the difference between registry implementations.

Letters that we have sent to ICANN

07.05.2018 – Reply to ICANN’s response to CPH TechOps’ updated proposal on GDPR Impact on Domain Name Transfers and Registrant Contact Changes   PDF

01.05.2018 – CPH TechOps Letter on GDPR Impact on Domain Name Transfers and Registrant Contact Changes   PDF

08.03.2018 – GDPR Impact on Domain Name Transfers and Registrant Contact Changes   PDF

Meetings


The group usually meets up remotely every two weeks and in person at ICANN Meetings A and C as well as the GDD Summits. We also have a mailing list for regular exchange.

 

21.03.2021 – 70th ICANN Meeting in Cancún, Mexico

18.10.2020 – 69th ICANN Meeting in Hamburg, Germany

03 - 06.05.2020 – ICANN GDD Summit 2020 in Paris, France

08.03.2020 – 67th ICANN Meeting in Cancún, Mexico

03.11.201966th ICANN Meeting in Montreal, Canada

06. - 09.05.2019ICANN GDD Summit 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand

10.03.201964th ICANN Meeting in Kobe, Japan

21.10.201863rd ICANN Meeting in Barcelona, Spain

15. - 16.05.2018ICANN GDD Summit 2018 in Vancouver, Canada

12.03.201861st ICANN Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico

30.10.201760th ICANN Meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Contact


TechOps is an initiative of the ICANN Registry and Registrar Stakeholder Groups, if you have any further questions, please contact your respective Secretaries.

 

The technical contact of this site is Tobias Sattler, Birnen-Anger 2, 85591 Vaterstetten, mail [at] tobiassattler.com