Any language allowed in Wikidata

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The Language Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation, which is in charge of developing and processing new language projects, has decided that any language should be admissible for use on Wikidata. As always this comes with several considerations.

    • The language needs to have an ISO-639-3 code, which is a numeric representation of language names particularly in computer systems. Languages used with multiple scripts need to be configured in this way.
    • Historic languages are permitted; newly minted words are not.
    • Constructed languages are permitted.
    • Language Localisation on MediaWiki is not required for the use of Wikidata.

When content is added by users that do not comply with the prescribed conditions, the labels added by such users will be removed.

As Wikidata moves towards a repository of useful statements, it is likely that this information will be presented in an increasing number of Wikipedias. As items in Wikidata are enriched, all infoboxes in various Wikipedias that rely on data from Wikidata will be enriched as well.

Gerard Meijssen, Language Committee

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3 Comments on Any language allowed in Wikidata

Armando António Fernandes Ala 1 year

Cada Pais tem a sua língua, devemos respeitar em território da língua, quando se vai para outro Pais, temos por organização de saber a língua e respeita-la.

nabou 1 year

je voulais que vous m’aider a mieux s’exprimer

YR 1 year

So, when is this actually going to be available? When I try adding labels and such in a non-localized language now, I get a “Unrecognized value for parameter ‘language’” error.

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