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TZDB and some challenges of long data

This talk is titled "TZDB and some challenges of long data," and was presented at LibrePlanet 2022 by Paul Eggert.

Paul is a senior lecturer in the UCLA Computer Science Dept., teaching mostly in the areas of software development and programming languages. He has contributed to several free software projects, including Autoconf, Automake, Bison, GCC, the GNU C Library, GNU Coreutils, GNU Diff, GNU Emacs, GNU Grep, GNU M4, GNU Patch, GNU Tar, Gnulib, Gzip, and RCS. He has worked on the Time Zone Database since 1992, and currently serves as the Internet Engineering Steering Group’s Primary Coordinator for TZDB.

This talk is about Time Zone Database (TZDB), which is the primary technology for civil timekeeping conventions. Currently, its main challenges come from version and downstream skew, scope and format disagreements, standardization, intellectual property disputes, institutional backing, and politics. Paul will describe some of the these challenges in TZDB’s evolution.

Slides: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/tzdb-and-some-challenges-of-long-data-slides/


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