3.3.3. Language. Situations and best practices for encoding data about "Language"

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Decisions related to various situations are numbered in the table and flowchart below. For each decision, find your situation according to the question and select an action.

Relation with a resource being described: Resource has language information.

Language is considered essential information in the description of a resource; therefore the flowchart below foresees language as a mandatory property.


  • Recommended best practice is to use an encoding scheme, such as the three-letter code (ISO639-2) or the two-letter code (ISO639-1).

[1] From ISO639-2 http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/code_list.php

[2] From ISO639-1

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