The .cat domain is positioned in the world as a reference for a culture, language and country

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Laura Morral
Currently, there are about 110.000 .cat domains

Currently, there are about 110.000 .cat domains

This registry that manages the puntCat Foundation is the first worldwide domain that represents a language and a culture on the Internet.

"Catalan will be digital or it will not be". With these words, Francesc Giralt, head of the Fundraising Projects Area of ​​the puntCat Foundation, explains how this entity manages the "penetration and internationalization of the .cat domain on the Internet at a" high level "Internet.
"This is a domain that identifies Catalonia and the whole set of speakers that has the catalan language in all the territories where it is spoken," Giralt said. The Foundation acts as a catalyst and is one of the promoters of catalan identity and the normalization of the use of catalan in the field of the Internet.
The idea of ​​the entity is to promote the catalan-speaking information society, to work to accelerate the dissemination of to the catalan-speaking territories and to the world and position this record in the digital society to be present in the network and make a country.
"We want to reach more people and that the Catalan language plays an even more relevant role on the Internet", explains Giralt. Currently, there are about 110.000 .cat domains and more than 12% of these domains are located outside the Catalan-speaking territory. "The task of internationalization of the .cat is taking on importance", emphasizes the own person in charge. For now, the countries that have grown the most in the .cat number are France, Canada and the United States.
The .cat domain emerged in 2005 as a result of a private initiative of the catalan-speaking community. 14 years later, this entity stands as a reference in technology and language on the Internet through three lines of work: technology, language and culture and country.


More penetration
".Cat domain is the breathing of a Catalan culture. It is an instrument that since the foundation we use to unite language, country and technology. All this together with innovation", says Giralt.  
And it is that according to the same person in charge, without innovation, the goals set by 2021 can not be achieved: they can loyalty domains and increase the penetration of the .cat, either as main or secondary domains because it is compatible with other domains and, add value.
At this time, this record has a projection on catalan-speaking, catalan physical and human territories, to Catalan homes abroad and also on the Internet for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). "We want to be present in all the world domains", emphasizes Giralt.
Apart from these goals, the puntCat Foundation goes beyond channeling catalan on the Internet and gaining territoriality. The idea is to create a digital syndicate that will protect the language, create a digital community and an Internet School to learn Catalan on the net. Among the projects carried out by the Foundation, Giralt highlights those financed with the benefits of .cat, such as websites at the .cat point or local commerce and the internationalization of the foundation.
At the moment the presence of the language in Internet is very remarkable. Thus, Catalan is already the eighth language in the world with more penetration on the Internet and 9 of the 10 most-consulted websites in Catalonia already have a version in Catalan.


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