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Re: URIs for languages

From: Sebastian Nordhoff <sebastian_nordhoff@eva.mpg.de>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:41:00 +0100
To: public-lod@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.v9tjymocpbi2z2@pfannkuchen>
For English and Spanish, the ISO codes should work well. Depending on the  
level of granularity you require for Arabic, the codes provided might not  
be enough.
Next week, we well release Glottolog/Langdoc[1], which will provide  
information about 104k 'languoids' (languages, dialects, families) from  
over 100 classifications as Linked Data, with 21k languoids in the primary  
tree 'MPI Composite 2011'.

I realise that for this particular use case ISO 639-2/3 would probably be  
enough; the focus of Glottolog/Langdoc is more on severely underdescribed  
languages, which are by definition not used very often for 'language a  
document is written in'

Best wishes

[1] http://glottolog.livingsources.org un&pw:glottolog, might sporadically  
be offline until official release

On Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:15:44 +0100, Jordanous, Anna  
<anna.jordanous@kcl.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hi LOD list,
> I am looking for URIs to use  to represent particular languages  
> (primarily Ancient Greek, Arabic, English and Spanish). This is to  
> represent what language a document is written in, in an RDF triple. I  
> thought it would be obvious how to refer to the language itself, but I  
> am struggling.
> I would like to use something like the ISO 639 standard for languages.  
> To distinguish between Ancient Greek and Modern Greek, I have to use the  
> ISO-639-2 set of language codes. http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/  
> (The codes are grc and gre respectively)
> http://downlode.org/Code/RDF/ISO-639/ is an RDF representation of ISO  
> 639 but it doesn't include Ancient Greek as it only includes ISO-639-1  
> languages.
> As far as I see, I have the following options e.g. for Arabic
> Use the  
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/langcodes_name.php?code_ID=22
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/langcodes-keyword.php?SearchTerm=ara&SearchType=iso_639_2
> http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2#ara
> This really must be simpler - what am I missing? Any comments welcomed.  
> Thanks for your help
> anna
> ---
> Anna Jordanous
> Research Associate
> Centre for e-Research
> King's College London
> Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1988
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