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World Language Mapping System. Ethnologue now in GIS Data Format http://www.gmi.org/wlms/ Demonstration by John Vogler PNC 2005 Annual Conference 3 Nov 2005. What is WLMS?. Digital database of georeferenced points, polygons and attributes

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World language mapping system

World Language Mapping System

Ethnologue now in GIS Data Format

http://www.gmi.org/wlms/

Demonstration by

John Vogler

PNC 2005 Annual Conference

3 Nov 2005


World language mapping system

  • What is WLMS?

  • Digital database of georeferenced points, polygons and attributes

  • Representing locations of linguistic homelands and origin points

  • For over 7,000 language-in-country entries in Ethnologue, 14th ed.


World language mapping system

  • Features of WLMS

  • Linguistic homeland delineations for nearly all entries

  • in Ethnologue, 14th Edition

  • Polygons representing mixed language areas

  • Add’tl polygons without Ethnologue entries (border spillover)

  • Point locations for all Ethnologue languages

  • Joinable attribute table with fields containing Ethnologue data

  • Sample map documents (.mxd) for ArcGIS 8.2 and later

  • XML metadata compatible with ArcGIS 8 and 9


World language mapping system

  • WLMS Data Types and Sources

  • Country Boundaries and Names – GMI & NGA’s VMAP0/DCW

  • 1:1,000,000 scale

  • Language Area and Point Features – WLMS / GMI

  • Language Attribute table – Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)

  • maintain text database published as:

  • Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 14th Edition, 2000

  • http://www.ethnologue.com

  • http://www.sil.org

  • Topography Grids – USGS, NOAA GLOBE & GMI

  • including Elevation, Bathymetry and Hillshades

  • http://edcdaac.usgs.gov/gtopo30/gtopo30.html

  • http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/topo/globe.shtml


World language mapping system

  • Demonstration using ArcGIS 9

Language Areas with sample map

  • Data Organization & Documentation

  • Different Language Areas and Points Layers

  • Ethnologue attributes & joining attribute table

  • Simple queries & mapping

  • Sample map documents

  • Licensing/pricing (this is a commercial data product)

  • Educational: $250.00 for 1st workstation, $125.00 on;

  • go to http://www.gmi.org/wlms/


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