CORE is a not-for-profit membership association of Internet domain name registrars. It develops, operates and promotes resources for domain names, be it for registrars, for registries or for domain name holders.
CORE's statutory purpose is to operate, on a cost-recovery basis, a shared registration system (SRS) for Internet domain names. CORE was created in 1997 based on the Generic Top-Level Domains Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to launch new names spaces.
CORE is a Registrar accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and currently operates as a registrar for domain names. The CORE SRS enables CORE members to access to registries in real time and to maintain the domain holder and contact information in a shared database linked to a common Whois server structure. CORE members share the SRS as a technical resource but compete in terms of price and level of service and marketing. CORE does not interact directly with domain registration applicants. Lists of CORE members organized by various criteria can be found on http://corenic.org/find.htm.
Along with its members, CORE has been an active participant in the ICANN, the DNSO and Registrar Constituency processes. CORE supports the launch of new TLDs in a responsible manner and the recognition of TLDs as resources to be managed in the public trust.