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.
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.
The Document Shepherd / Responsible Area Director is