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 RrSG and RySG kicked off the joint group 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.


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.

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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. Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) related

These documents are related to EPP and include maintenance, mapping, transition, and more.
1.1. Registry Maintenance Notifications for the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)
  IETF WG document
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.
1.2. Registry Mapping for the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)
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.

2. New Transfer Process

  in progress
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.
A Transfer Review Scoping Team was formed by the GNSO. This team published their report on 6 April 2020 on the GNSO website.

3. Simple Registration Reporting

This documents describe a Simple Registration Reporting. It is based on the work we have done in the past.
The current status of this work is on IETF
These are the documents that have been absorbed in the above-mentioned document:
Reporting Repository – IETF
Report Structure - IETF
Transaction Report – IETF
Premium Domain Fee Report – IETF
Domain Inventory Report – IETF
Domain Drop List Report – IETF
Unavailable Domain Report – IETF
Contact Inventory Report - IETF
Host Inventory Report - were in discussions

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


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.


24.10.2021 – 72nd ICANN Meeting in Seattle, USA

21.03.2021 – 70th ICANN Meeting in Cancún, Mexico

18.10.2020 – 69th ICANN Meeting in Hamburg, Germany

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


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]