Wikidata:Property proposal/IANA time zone identifier

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IANA time zone identifier[edit]

Originally proposed at Wikidata:Property proposal/Generic

RepresentsIANA time zone (Q17272692)
Data typeString
Template parametern/a
Example 1America/New York (Q28146035)America/New_York
Example 2Europe/London (Q16894228)Europe/London
Example 3Europe/Paris (Q5412120)Europe/Paris
Example 4Australia/Sydney (Q4823536)Australia/Sydney
Planned useI plan to label the existing zone entities, and use the label on new zone entities I create.
Number of IDs in source388
Expected completenesseventually complete (Q21873974)


We have entities for some fraction of the IANA time zones (Q17272692), and I plan to add the rest. Currently (if only by convention), the English name of each entity matches the IANA zone name, but the IANA zone names are true identifiers, so I think it makes sense to correlate them more definitively on that basis. (Correlating via entity name is imperfect, as they're subject to edit. Indeed at least one of our existing IANA time zones has a slightly wrong name: America/Argentina/La Rioja (Q4742629) corresponds to the official IANA zone identifier America/Argentina/La_Rioja.) Scs (talk) 03:32, 2 April 2019 (UTC)


  • Symbol support vote.svg Support, as nom. Scs (talk)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support Mahir256 (talk) 16:34, 2 April 2019 (UTC)
    @Scs: Can you elaborate more in your examples, please? I don't understand what you are trying to propose, is and identifier? If so, where are the source of it? Good contributions, Ederporto (talk) 03:20, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
@Ederporto: The IANA tz database (Q187176) at consists of 388 time zones with identifiers like America/New_York. So our Q28146035 would have this new ID America/New_York; our Q16894228 would have ID Europe/London; our Q4823536 would be Australia/Sydney; etc. Scs (talk) 04:07, 14 April 2019 (UTC)