A Go package for converting `year-month-day` expressions to and from 8-byte integers following the model of the CIDOC‐CRM Temporal representation specification.
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A Go package for converting year-month-day expressions to and from 8-byte integers modeled after the model of the CIDOC‐CRM Temporal representation specification.


This package is under active development. It is incomplete and probably still has bugs. Among other things:

  • This does not implement the CIDOC‐CRM Temporal specification – specifically the numeric representations of dates are not the same
  • It does not handle period "expressions" or any of signifiers yet
  • It does not handle years greater than 9999 (or less than -9999) yet because Go's date parser appears to be built on top of MADNESS...
  • It does not implement temporal operators yet

It does not implement complete CIDOC-CRM (textual) temporal expressions nor will it. Currently there are a handful of NewThingFromString functions which allow for simple YYYY-MM-DD BCE? strings but these will probably be replaced or at least superseded by equivalent functions that hide more complex string parsing from this package. We'll see.


import (

func main (){

     lower := "1914-08-04"
     upper := "1918-11-11"

     s := fmt.Sprintf("%s,%s", lower, upper)
     w, _ := temporal.NewTimeWedgeFromString(s)

     fmt.Printf("wedge: %v\n", w)
     fmt.Printf("lower: %v\n", w.Lower())
     fmt.Printf("upper: %v\n", w.Upper())

     lower_int := w.Lower().AsInt()
     upper_int := w.Upper().AsInt()

     fmt.Printf("lower (as int): %d\n", lower_int)
     fmt.Printf("upper (as int): %d\n", upper_int)

     lower_slice, _ := temporal.NewTimeSliceFromInt(lower_int)
     upper_slice, _ := temporal.NewTimeSliceFromInt(upper_int)

     fmt.Printf("lower (from int): %v (%d)\n", lower_slice, lower_slice.AsInt())
     fmt.Printf("upper (from int): %v (%d)\n", upper_slice, upper_slice.AsInt())

The output of this program would be:

wedge: 1914-08-04,1918-11-11
lower: 1914-08-04
upper: 1918-11-11
lower (as int): 125469184
upper (as int): 125744576
lower (from int): 1914-08-04 (125469184)
upper (from int): 1918-11-11 (125744576)

If you changed the upper and lower dates to be 00-01-01 and 00-01-01 BCE respectively the output would be:

wedge: 0000-01-01 BCE,0000-01-01
lower: 0000-01-01 BCE
upper: 0000-01-01
lower (as int): -4224
upper (as int): 4288
lower (from int): 0000-01-01 BCE (-4224)
upper (from int): 0000-01-01 (4288)

Not discussed here is the TimePie which is a named pair of TimeWedge object-thingies.

See also