Dotscot’s birth, its pioneers and legacy

Dotscot launched the availability of its .scot domain names in the middle of last month  starting for all from September 23rd. In the meantime it has enabled 50 or so “Pioneers” to get going already and also is offering a free domain name to any child born in Scotland on launch day 15 July 2014.

One of the Pioneers is, almost unsurprisingly, legacy2014.scot arrising as a result of the just finished successful Commonwealth Games.

As an added bonus the dotscot registry has also just announced that it will also give a free domain name to any Scottish athlete who won a medal in the Glasgow 2014 games.  We think that might be over 50 numerically. They do say though that Kylie doesn’t qualify – not sure about Lulu though!

The list of some of the Pioneers they provided ran to 38 and a quick analysis (see below) shows that already just over 70% are in use. In such a short period of time (3 weeks) it is understandable that many of them are redirects (49%) and one has a holding page, but a very commendable 20% already have fully operational sites.

We did notice that there is an se.scot which possibly falls foul of ICANN’s rules about country code usage as .se is in use as a country code domain for Sweden. It’s also a short domain of less than three letters / numerals which certainly the other new UK community/geographic / city top level domain registries are not currently releasing ie .cymru .wales and .london.

Applications for domains should be made through any registrar who offer them – you might try calico who are one of the pioneers!

Dotscot pioneers
Holding Site No site
page Redirect found
bettertogether.scot Better Together
Business.scot Scottish Enterprise
calico.scot Calico Ltd
CDS.scot Scottish Enterprise
dunedinlinks.scot Dunedin Links
electricscotland.scot Electric Scotland
Enterprise.scot Scottish Enterprise
getinvolved.scot SCVO
Global.scot Scottish Enterprise
goodmoves.scot SCVO
icipia.scot icipia Limited
Inverclyderadio.scot Inverclyde radio
Invest.scot Scottish Enterprise
Investment.scot Scottish Enterprise
legacy2014.scot Scottish Government
mygov.scot Scottish Government
nhsinform.scot Scottish Government
one.scot Scottish Government
referendum.scot Scottish Government
scouts.scot Scottish Scouts
scvo.scot SCVO
Sdi.scot Scottish Enterprise
Se.scot Scottish Enterprise
Sib.scot Scottish Enterprise
siliconglen.scot Silicon Glen
smartcompliance.scot Smart Compliance Ltd
smartsystems.scot Smart Systems Scotland
Smas.scot Scottish Enterprise
stl.scot Louisiana Scots
thirdforcenews.scot SCVO
today.scot Johnston Press
Trade.scot Scottish Enterprise
university.scot University of the Highlands and Islands
Webershandwick.scot Weber Shandwick
welcome.scot Scottish Government
wow.scot Johnston Press
wwf.scot World Wildlife Foundation Scotland
yes.scot Yes Scotland

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