At a ceremony held on June 1 at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto City's Sakyo Ward to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) and the 10th anniversary of The Kyoto College of Graduate studies for Informatics (KCGI), the geographical name top-level domain ".kyoto" (dot-Kyoto), which will start operating next year with KCG as the administrative entity, was unveiled to about 2,000 people from Japan and overseas, including industry leaders, academia and alumni. In the commemorative lecture following the ceremony, Professor Michihiko Mino, Director of Kyoto University's Information Environment Organization and Professor of the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, spoke on the topic of "Creating 'Kyoto' in the Cyber Physical World: Proposals for utilizing the top-level domain .kyoto (dot-kyoto). Professor Mino introduced the great potential of ".kyoto" to improve the international recognition and brand power of Kyoto as a whole and to create new businesses, and emphasized the need for industry, government, and academia to work together to develop this domain to a large extent.
In his lecture, Professor Mino said, "Kyoto is physically a millennial capital that has always been innovative while respecting tradition and culture. On the other hand, the Kyoto of the information world (cyber) also continues to expand with the creation of various tools such as the Web and social networks," he prefaced. However, he pointed out that there is friction and differentiation between those who focus on the cyber world and those who focus on the physical world.
He then proposed that the cyber-physical world is a feedback system in which information from the physical world is processed in the cyber world and the results are returned to the physical world. This is a strategy to strengthen the social system and make it more globally competitive," he emphasized.
The new top-level domain ".kyoto", which will be created within this fiscal year, is positioned as a link between the cyber world and the physical world, and will be used to create a "Kyoto of the world" by utilizing ".kyoto" for community building in Kyoto and sending high quality content to the world. Kyoto is a good environment physically. "Let's create a better environment (cyber world) in terms of information, and make Kyoto, a city where students gather, an attractive city where graduates remain, and industries thrive," he concluded strongly.
We will hold seminars for the general public to promote .kyoto, and will seek to create new business opportunities through the creation of the new top-level domain.