[tdwg-tapir] tapir metadata issues

Renato De Giovanni renato at cria.org.br
Thu Jul 19 03:52:30 CEST 2007


Sorry I didn't answer your message before.

What I've just included in the specification is that dc:language in TAPIR
metadata responses must follow RFC 4646
(http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4646.txt) and therefore use language
codes specified by the IANA Language Subtag Registry
(http://www.iana.org/assignments/language-subtag-registry). So yes, it's
the same IANA that you were thinking.

I hope these are the correct and most up-to-date references for what we need.

Best Regards,

> Everything Renato is saying sounds right on and I think the invasive
> community will be able to agree on a language standard as long as it
> covers
> enough languages.
> - The ISO 639-2 (3 letter codes) should work but the 2-letter codes miss
> some language distinctions.
> - The only IANA codes I am aware of are the "Internet Assigned Numbers
> Authority" and these are country codes rather than language codes - did I
> miss something here?
> - I'm not as familiar with "Ethnologue" and since it is not ISO, it may be
> harder to sell
> My only other comment is to restate that scientific names should be
> treated
> as language-independent.  I see them as codes for taxons (they used to be
> Latin but that has changed over the years - see the Chinese dinosaur
> "Tsintaosaurus").
> Thanks,
> Jim

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