Today CARNET has celebrated 25th anniversary of the Croatian national domain and its recognition in the global internet space.
The event was attended by the State Secretary of the Central State Office for Digital Society Development Bernard Gršić, CEO of Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNET Goran Kezunović, CEO of the University Computing Center of the University of Zagreb dr. Sc. Zoran Bekić, President of the .hr Domain Management Committee Izv.prof.dr.sc. Gordan Gledec, doc.dr.sc. Predrag Pale from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the vice president of Srce Ivan Marić.
The sentence „Please go ahead with the new top level domain HR for Croatia“, addressed to today’s vice president of Srce Ivan Marić in 1993 marked the beginning of the formal recognition of the.hr domain, and the first registered domain was srce.hr. The number of domains has continuously grown since and currently there are more than 100 800 registered. It is worth mentioning that the Republic of Croatia is the only European country offering the possibility of registering a free national domain for its citizens and legal entities so the largest number of registered domains, more than70 per cent of them are in fact free. Payable .hr domains can be registered through authorised registrars.
Compared to other top level domains, .hr domain is largely credible due to sound management policy on user data accuracy which is an important factor in doing business on the internet. “The national domain is an important national resource and requires constant attention in technical and administrative sense,” said izv. prof. dr. sc. Gordan Gledec, the president of the .hr Domain Management Committee. „In the world of domains, including the .hr domain, it is extremely important that users keep track of domain data and therefore I urge all to keep their contact data up to date in their domain, regardless of whether it is free or payable”, emphasized Vanja Radojević, head of the .hr domain Register, adding that the goal is to introduce complete automation of registration, which is a prerequisite for linking all relevant registers.
By 2012 all administrative and technical activities around the .hr domain were carried out by the University Computing Center Zagreb on behalf of CARNET, but since 1 January 2012 CARNET has completely taken over. Online registration and updating free domains have been introduced. Recent amendements to the Ordinance on the organisation and management of the national top level domain allowed for the registration of domains consisting exclusevily of numbers, domains with Croatian diacritical marks (č, ć, ž, đ, š) and domains composed of one or two alphanumeric characters .
For more information on .hr domain go to: www.domene.hr