Within the IATI activity standard several types of dates can be specified.
Dates that relate directly to the iati-activity:
- activity-date - the planned and actual start/end dates of the iati-activity.
- transaction-date - the date a specific transaction took place.
- value-date - the specific date for the value of a budget or transaction, which is used for currency conversion purposes.
- period-start and period-end dates are used to describe a period of time in a budget , planned-disbursement or indicator
- activity-status - a numeric code to declare current stage of the iati-activity.
When using the IATI activity standard to declare dates, the following should be considered:
Date format for activity-date, period-start, period-end, transaction-date and value-date must be in ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD), eg: 2014-03-21
Date format for generated-datetime last-updated-datetime must use ISO 8601 date format, e.g. “2014-03-21T18:45:00+01:00”.
A start and end date must be provided - if exact dates are not known then start planned or end planned should be used
Any start date should be before the end date, or the same
All dates can be updated at any point
- An activity-date can have four types:
- start-planned (code 1) - the forecast start date for the iati-activity (e.g. if the iati-activity is in the pipeline stage or the date of the first disbursement is not known).
- start-actual (code 2) - the actual start date for the iati-activity (e.g. the date of the first disbursement).
- end-planned (code 3) - the forecast end date for the iati-activity.
- end-actual (code 4)- the actual end date for the iati-activity (End dates should, wherever possible, reflect the ending of physical activity.).
The activity-status represents the latest stage for the activity. It can be updated at any time.
When the activity-status reaches ActivityStatus codes 3, 4 or 5 then it is recommended that an end-actual (code 4) date is added.
In versions 2.01 and above, the following must also be considered:
- The ActivityDateType codes for activity-date have changed to being numeric in versions 2.01 and above.
- Dates should be a valid xsd:date, and a datetimes should be a valid xsd:dateTime.