ODM - Best practice for saving Country?

Developer
Jul 3, 2013 at 7:24 AM
With increasing international usage of ODM database, different approaches are being adopted in handling the "country" information:
  • Save name of country in the "State" field.
  • Don't save any information about country (the atmosphere and hydrosphere doesn't know political divisions :-)
  • Save name of country in the "Comments" field
  • Modify the ODM schema - add a new "Country" column to the Sites table and to the Sources table in the ODM database.
Keeping in mind that the notion of "Country" is political and may be disputed and many research sites are in international waters, What is the best practice of handling the country information in ODM?

See also:
https://hydroserver.codeplex.com/workitem/9351