Procedures for Maintaining the Time Zone Database
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'IANA Procedures for Maintaining the Timezone Database' to BCP (draft-lear-iana-timezone-database-04.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'IANA Procedures for Maintaining the Timezone Database' (draft-lear-iana-timezone-database-04.txt) as a BCP This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF Working Group. The IESG contact person is Peter Saint-Andre. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-lear-iana-timezone-database/
Technical Summary Timezone information serves as a basic protocol element in protocols, such as the calendaring suite and DHCP. The Timezone (TZ) Database specifies the indices used in various protocols, as well as their semantic meanings, for all localities throughout the world. This database has been meticulously maintained and distributed free of charge by a group of volunteers, coordinated by a single volunteer who is now planning to retire. This memo specifies IANA procedures involved with maintenance of the TZ database and associated code, including how to submit proposed updates, how decisions for inclusion of those updates are made, and the selection of a designated expert BY AND FOR the timezone community. The intent of this memo is, to the extent possible, document existing practice and provide a means to ease succession. Working Group Summary This document is not the product of an IETF Working Group. Document Quality This document has been discussed extensively in the IETF Applications Area, as well as within the timezone community. There is rough consensus that the approach outlined in the document is a valid direction for migrating the timezone database to a new home. Personnel The Document Shepherd / Responsible Area Director is Peter Saint-Andre.