List of .ac.uk domain names

John Cross made this Freedom of Information request to The JNT Association

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Dear The JNT Association,
1. Please can you provide a list of domain names ending ".ac.uk"that are currently valid.

2. The name of the public body or other entity responsible for each site.

Please can you interpret my request for valid registrations as including domain names which redirect to archived sites and defensive registrations. I note that others have made similar request in the past which have been refused and these refusals were justified by reference to:

Section 21: Information Accessible by Other Means, Section 43: Commercial Interests. I will address these two exemptions in turn:

Section 21: Information Accessible by Other Means.
In response to pubic requests the JNT Association has argued that the information is already available to the requester using the domain lookup tool. The ICO has already rules that this lookup tool does not mean the information is reasonably available to the public: http://www.ico.gov.uk/~/media/documents/....

There will of course be directories and lists of UK universities and colleges on the web but crucially none of these will be exhaustive in terms of listing all .ac.uk addresses so JANET cannot rely on this exemption. A complete list would have to include learned organisations with .ac.uk addresses such as the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (http://www.rcsed.ac.uk) and certain publicly funded research organisations such as British Antarctic Survey (antarctica.ac.uk/)

Section 43: Commercial Interests
This exemption cannot possibly apply to the whole list as many of the sites are essentially non-commercial in nature (e.g.http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/). Some universities etc do carry out commercial activities using websites in which case they should presumably be trying to advertise their web addresses rather than concealing them. The release of a '.ac.uk' web address won't prejudice a commercial interest so the exemption cannot be used in this case.

My preference is to receive a full alphabetical list of domains in a text file (.txt) in the following form

anglia.ac.uk, Anglia Ruskin University
antarctica.ac.uk, British Antarctic Survey
...

many thanks,

John Cross

JSD Service, The JNT Association

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Hello John,

As requested, JANET(UK) has provided a list of domain names ending ".ac.uk" that are currently valid and the name of the public body or other entity responsible for each site.

Kind regards,

JANET Service Desk
0300 300 2212
[JANET(UK) request email]
[email address]

JANET, the UK's education and research network.

JANET(UK) is a trading name of The JNT Association, a company limited
by guarantee which is registered in England under No. 2881024
and whose Registered Office is at Lumen House, Library Avenue,
Harwell Oxford, Didcot, Oxfordshire. OX11 0SG

Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

This request was used as source material for this blog post about LOC records for ac.uk domains: http://fanf.livejournal.com/138986.html

H. Smith left an annotation ()

For some reason, the link to the actual data file "DNS Registered AC UK Domains.txt" seems to be missing.

I was able to find the correct link via the Wayback Machine (at http://web.archive.org/web/2011122618451... ) and it is as follows:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7...

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