[API-users] API returns incorrect eventDate

Alex Thompson godfoder at acis.ufl.edu
Mon Nov 30 15:22:05 CET 2015

When all you have is a timestamp datatype, everything works like a 
timestamp. There are obviously some improvements to me made, like doing 
all conversions from a fixed reference timezone (it would seem the dates 
were encoded in GMT+2, are rendered correctly in the portal, and 
rendered at GMT in the API). Really though, all dates in biodiversity 
data need complex range representations to capture the messiness of the 
data. Getting that to the point where it is usable is a huge challenge 

- Alex

On 11/30/2015 05:37 AM, Roderic Page wrote:
> This may be related to http://dev.gbif.org/issues/browse/POR-1508 but 
> it looks like “eventDate” is consistently incorrect in every API call 
> I make, e.g. http://api.gbif.org/v1/occurrence/891423484 returns:
> “eventDate”:"2002-04-11T22:00:00.000+0000”
> when the verbatim date is 2002-04-12
> The web version of the record http://www.gbif.org/occurrence/891423484 
> has the correct date, together with a time (12:00:00 AM) that seems to 
> be based on no evidence at all (it’s always puzzled me why GBIF 
> reports spuriously precise date and time strings on the web page).
> Regards
> Rod
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