[tz] UNS: Re: Crimea to switch to Moscow Time as of March 30, 2014

Julian Cable julian.cable at bbc.co.uk
Tue Mar 18 09:39:16 UTC 2014

It would actually be better to have no geopolitical information in the database. Geonames.org and statoids.com do that. Geonames links geonameids directly to 'Olson' time zone names.

It would be great to have polygons as a normative part of the data but organising hierarchies are available elsewhere.


> On 17 Mar 2014, at 21:44, "Garrett Wollman" <wollman at csail.mit.edu> wrote:
> <<On Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:37:00 -0700, Guy Harris <guy at alum.mit.edu> said:
>> On Mar 17, 2014, at 2:00 PM, Garrett Wollman <wollman at csail.mit.edu> wrote:
>>> <<On Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:51:40 -0700, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> said:
>>>> As for whether zone.tab should say UA or RU for Simferopol, we don't
>>>> have the resources to arbitrate disputes like that either. If this turns
>>>> into a real dispute that starts taking up our resources, then we'll need
>>>> to change zone.tab's format so that it is less of a political
>>>> flashpoint.  This will entail some technical conversion hassles, but in
>>>> the long run that'll less work for us and for our users than the
>>>> neverending political hassles.
>>> No, that just pushes the work onto the downstream distributors.
>> Which work?
> The work of figuring out which "country" uses the various timezones.
> -GAWollman

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