# Handling and display of dates¶

In Dataiku DSS, “dates” mean “an absolute point in time”, meaning something that is expressible as a date and time and timezone. For example, 2001-01-20T14:00:00.000Z or 2001-01-20T16:00:00.000+0200, which refer to the same point in time (14:00Z is 2pm UTC, and 16:00+0200 is 4pm UTC+2, so 2pm UTC too).

## Displaying dates¶

DSS only displays dates in UTC especially in charts If you use the format date processor with a proper ISO8601 format, it will temporarily show it as a different time zone, but as soon as you write it out or read it in a chart, it will be in UTC again.

If you use a formatter to format as 16:00+0200 and selects the output to be a string, then the string value will be preserved but it’s not a date anymore.