[tz] Today's CalConnect event

Arthur David Olson arthurdavidolson at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 16:39:13 UTC 2019

I listened in on today's just-concluded CalConnect event; CalConnect is
"the calendaring and scheduling consortium." Just a few notes.

I heard hopes for work on the time zone database, both changes (to opaque
time zone identifiers) and additions (of localization information, zone
boundary information, and sequencing information to track splits and
mergers of time zones). There was recognition that the database work is a
volunteer effort and that there's a limit to what volunteers can do.

There was mention by an ISO person of ISO's effort to establish a time zone
registry with requirements for advance notification of changes; the hope is
that the ISO's governmental connections would help encourage compliance.

A Google representative noted the company's "under construction" (no
details provided) effort to develop a time zone information distribution
mechanism that would  allow data to get from IANA publication to
in-the-field devices within a month (seen as a reasonable objective that
would deal with most real-world situations).

Folks saw value in having open database maintenance processes (such as the
one now used by IANA) and in having multiple sources of time zone
information (that can be cross-checked against one another).

I trust that other folks will correct and elaborate as appropriate.

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