Nominet will partner with the Smart Oxford Project Board (SOPB) to explore how the city can overcome challenges like congestion and connectivity using smart technology.
The SOPB includes Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and the Local Enterprise Partnership.
Oxford already has in place several smart city initiatives, including the MobOx transport study, Oxford Flood Network, Oxford Super Connected City Project, UrbanData2Decide Project, and OxFutures.
Russell Haworth, CEO at Nominet, said: "The internet is rapidly moving from mainly connecting humans to connecting machines through the Internet of Things (IoT).
"This has the potential to support many new and exciting projects that use the internet for good and we want to play a part in defining and shaping it, building on our existing DNS expertise."
Adam Leach, Director of Research and Development at Nominet, said: "From our initial research, it’s clear that Oxford already has a lot of the characteristics that mark out a smart city.
"It’s an active hub of existing smart city-style initiatives from local companies and organisations, including our own TV white space project powering the Oxford Flood Network.
"Businesses are already naturally exploring initiatives in this area and it’s great to see Oxford‘s local authorities and universities taking a forward-thinking and active lead in bringing all of these efforts together to give the city a technological and economic boost."