2022.05.12 21:50 "Re: [Tiff] best tiff tag names for start and end datetimes?", by Even Rouault
3. Even: yes, I'm not quite sure whether this should be handled on GDAL or TIFF level. Other GDAL-readable format like netcdf-cf have time standards already, but yes, geotiffs (and lately COGs = cloud-optimized geotiffs <https://www.cogeo.org/>) are the lingua franca of our community. Setting GDAL fields START_DATE and END_DATE indeed feels like a good solution, so I wanted to find out how to do this properly in the hope of creating a standard.
It could certainly be good to have a standard for such metadata items for TIFF that apply in the Earth Observation domain, and would be the equivalent of netcdf-cf conventions, or maybe porting fields from STAC (https://stacspec.org/). Unfortunately the TIFF tag mechanism is hard to make evolve given that it implies a registry to attribute a code for a tag/key and an entity that takes care of doing that, which no longer happens those past years. Hence my suggestion to have that at the GDAL level. There's also the https://www.awaresystems.be/imaging/tiff/tifftags/geo_metadata.html tag used by the DGIWG community, to put XML ISO metadata in it, but that's going into complex metadata system.
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