Re: Forthcoming Meeting of ITU-R SRG Colloquium on UTC Time Scale

From: Steve Allen <>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 02:00:26 -0800

On Tue 2003-02-11T16:43:30 -0500, hath writ:

> The SRG has held several coordination and
> technical exchange meetings to generate,
> analyze and discuss alternative approaches to
> reduce or eliminate the operational impact of
> the leap second. The work to date has
> produced a consensual opinion that the SRG
> wants to present and discuss with interested
> and representative parties.

Is it possible for any of this "consensual opinion" to be revealed in
advance of the meeting, or must it really be kept a secret until then?

> It does not include a call for papers, but the organizers will be soliciting
> them. They hope to be able to announce the invited speakers and session
> structure shortly. The organizers are especially interested in
> contributions that can quantify the software costs and savings associated
> with any change, particularly the possibility of inserting now new leap
> seconds after N years.

In the absence of a motivating factor (such as knowing that the
"consensual opinion" will cost them lots of money in the short term)
it is fantasy to expect that many observatory directors can be
convinced to send someone to Italy to make a presentation on this.

Steve Allen          UCO/Lick Observatory       Santa Cruz, CA 95064      Voice: +1 831 459 3046
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Received on Wed Feb 12 2003 - 02:00:39 PST

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