What is in a name? On the term coordinated universal time

David Finkleman, Kara Warburton

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


We have described briefly the concepts, principles, and standards of normative and rigorous terminological science. We have further demonstrated that if, alongside the concept long embodied in UTC, a totally different concept divorced from Earth rotation is introduced, the new concept cannot adopt the now ubiquitous UTC term. After demonstrating the authoritative status of ISO TC37 in terminology matters, we presented a proposal from ISO TC37 to coin a new term for the new concept, namely Temps International. As authors of this article, we support this proposal, but we also welcome alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationITU News
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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