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Web Domain Name Standard

Policy Code: 
EGT005-04.4
Effective Date: 
July 19, 2005
Revision Number: 
4
Revision Date: 
April 11, 2012
Last Reviewed: 
August 8, 2013

Purpose

Align the state with the official government domain (.gov). This will ensure that domain names are under the administration of the state, reducing the possibility of undesirable domains being misconstrued as official government sites. Instill public trust in government websites through the use of the .gov domain.

Standard

  1. The official North Dakota government domain is nd.gov.
  2. All public facing domains shall be registered as at least a third-level domain within the nd.gov domain, or a virtual directory under the nd.gov second-level domain. The third level or virtual directory shall uniquely identify the state agency or service.   
  3. All registered nd.gov domains shall adhere to all federal .gov domain registration requirements and guidelines.

Policy

Ensure the state is presenting one presence to the public, allowing for ease of finding state information. 

Applicability

This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies excluding the University Systems Office and other higher education institutions, i.e campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Definition

Domain Levels:

Guidance

  1. Web development best practices
    http://www.nd.gov/itd/standards/e-government/web-development-best-practices
  2. Suggest continuation of registering existing domains until such a point when the statistics on usage indicate the non-nd.gov domains are no longer publicaly used.
  3. Non nd.gov domains may be purchased but cannot serve content or be publically promoted.
  4. Federal regulations
    https://www.dotgov.gov
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Domain naming conventions
  • Authorization letter/rules
  • Guidelines

Non-Compliance

Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Version Control: 
This standard supersedes EGT005-04.3
 

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