Thanks, Gerard, for your comprehensive draft.

I didn’t notice anything which I would like to add, subtract or change. (And I really liked your crafty no-consonant alliteration in the URL achieved by the deletion of one single L ;-)

Thanks again,



From: Gerard Meijssen []
Sent: 04 November 2013 14:44
To: Wikimedia Foundation Language Committee
Cc: Lydia Pintscher; Siebrand Mazeland; Erik Moeller; Alolita Sharma
Subject: [Langcom] Language eligibility and Wikidata




In the language committee we have agreed that any iso-639-3 language may be eligible for adding labels in Wikidata. This will open up Wikidata as a source in its own right and it will allow for searching images and Wikipedia articles in other languages.


There are technical considerations that need to be sorted. Particularly the method whereby languages are enabled within the Wikimedia Foundation. I have created a concept [1] for a blogpost announcing this decision.It has already been read by Amir so it can be safely read on Meta.


One of the reasons for this is an old request by Erik to look into making it easier for languages to find their way into WMF. It is likely that one minority language will get its data into Wikidata when this policy is enacted.