Proposal 2010/02: Proposal to adopt ISO 8601 as the standard for the representation of dates and tim

Proposal 2010/02: Proposal to adopt ISO 8601 as the standard for the representation of dates and times in Oceanographic Data Exchange

Scope: This is a proposal to recommend that the International Standard ISO 8601 (Data elements and interchange formats -- Information interchange -- Representation of dates and times) be used for the representation of dates and times for the exchange of oceanographic and marine meteorological data and associated metadata.

The ISO 8601 standard notation helps to avoid confusion in international data exchange caused by the many different national formats and the ISO standard formats have several important advantages for computer usage. The ISO 8601 date and time notation is already the de-facto standard for describing and exchanging oceanographic data.

Envisaged publication type: The proposal is intended for all local, national, and international bodies, programs and projects that exchange oceanographic and marine meteorological data. It applies to all instances where data and time is used to describe oceanographic and meteorological data or accompanying metadata.

1-Proposal submission

Version 1.0: May 2010 (submitted 3 June 2010)

Submitted by:

  • Greg Reed, Co-Chair IODE Committee

Files: [only registered users can download the proposal]

2-Internal review

Was carried out by Nicola Scott and Paul Oloo. Revision prepared

3- Expert Review

4- Community Review

  • Started 06 January 2011

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FINAL ADOPTED VERSION: See here

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