New home for time zone stuff by 2012?

Mark Davis ⌛ mark at
Thu Aug 27 17:48:39 UTC 2009

The officers of the Unicode Consortium ( have discussed
this issue, and are interested in exploring hosting the TZ efforts. Aside
from the Unicode projects, we currently also support other independent
efforts (,
Hosting the TZ project would provide for mailing list hosting, code
distribution, source code repository (SVN) if desired, etc., web pages, etc.
-- presuming that the functioning of the TZ group would continue basically
as it does now.

If there is interest in something along these lines, we can discuss more
specifics of what this would look like and then pass a proposal by our board
of directors.


On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 11:51, Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] <
olsona at> wrote:

> I'll be eligible to start drawing a pension in mid-2012. Since I'm
> accustomed to slow-moving Quaker process,
> that makes it time to get serious about finding a new home for time zone
> stuff.
> There are several pieces of the puzzle (some of which haven't seen much
> work of late):
>        Data maintenance
>        Data distribution
>        Code maintenance
>        Code distribution
>        Mailing list maintenance
>        Mailing list hosting
>        Standards work (for example, tweaking POSIX TZ environment variables
> so Godthab can be represented)
>        Code enhancement (for example, year zero work and Julian calendar
> work)
> There are different types of landing place:
>        Governmental organizations
>        Non-governmental organizations
>        Commercial entities
>        Volunteers
> Everything could be moved under one new roof or different pieces might go
> different places.
> While I'm happy to continue time zone work in the future, I also understand
> that it may be best for others to do the work.
> Anyone? Bueller?
>    --ado
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