Policy (open access)
The domain name system (DNS) is an Internet-wide distributed database of names primarily associated with Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. It is also a tool for locating services since many services are known by their domain name. For example, the hostname "www" has come to be well known as the name of a system which provides web (HTTP) service, and the domain name "www.georgiasouthern.edu" is thus known as the primary web server address for Georgia Southern University.
A formal policy regarding domain names is necessary because:
- Individual departments and units within the University need to offer and communicate new or unique services to the Internet.
- Representation of the University in cyberspace must appear authentic to network users.
- Central administration of domain names ensures that domains do not unexpectedly expire, or that domains of interest are not lost to the public.
- There are an increasing number of requests for domain names.
- There have been requests for ITS to register domain names outside the georgiasouthern.edu domain.
- Persons have independently created domains for University-affiliated purposes.
Vice President of Information Technology
"IT-2020-00 Domain Name System Policy" (2013). Information Technology Services. 26.