Dates will be formatted as a strict subset of ISO 8601. Dates are parseable by almost any ISO 8601 date parser or merely by parsing from position. All dates will be formatted as follows:
2012 is the year,
12 represents December,
31 represents the 31st day of the month,
13 represents 1 PM,
22 minutes and
55 seconds past the hour. All times will be expressed in terms of UTC.
This format was chosen to minimize ambiguity and edge cases in terms of parsing while maximizing readability of dates during development.