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Who uses brings information about languages, words, characters, and other human language-related entities to the Linked Data Web and Semantic Web. The Linked Data Web is a worldwide initiative to create a Web of Data that exposes the relationships between entities in our world. adds a new perspective to this Web by exposing how everything in our world is connected in terms of language, e.g. by considering semantic relationships between multilingual labels (like book or New York). Lexvo not only defines global IDs (URIs) for language-related objects, but also ensures that these identifiers are dereferenceable and highly interconnected as well as externally linked to a variety of resources on the Web. Some of the main features up to date:

Words: provides identifiers for terms in specific languages.
Linked to many external resources (WordNet, thesauri, ontologies, etc.).
Examples: English 'school', Chinese '朋友'


Languages:: Over 7,000 language identifiers with information about them,
including multilingual names, scripts, geographic regions, etc.
Examples: Spanish, Afrikaans, Oriya, Taungyo

Scripts: Identifiers for scripts
Examples: Latin and Cyrillic scripts, Indian Devanagari,
or the Korean Hangul system

Characters: Based on Unicode, linked to scripts,
with semantic information about CJK characters
Examples: U+5091 ('傑'), U+0047 ('G')

Geographical regions based on ISO 3166-1 / UN M.49 standards (example).
Semantic concepts based on WordNet (example).
Chinese character KangXi radicals (example)
etc. Ontology: General properties to describe classes and relationships,
including identity links.


2016-08   Also check out our new resource, which connects semantic knowledge with linguistic knowledge.

2015-12   New article about (Semantic Web Journal) (BibTeX reference)

2014-01   Update to Lexvo Ontology and data based on feedback from Osma Suominen

2013-04   New Identity Link proposal, based on our new AAAI 2013 paper

2012-09   Language code lookups (suggested by Sebastian Hellmann and Martin Brümmer)

2012-09   Showing language geo-coordinates from the AUTOTYP project

2012-03   New Version with lots of new data (plus bugfixes suggested by Christian Chiarcos)

2012-03   New simple ISO 639-1 identifiers of the form provided for convenience (suggested by David Robillard)

2012-02 links used by the Spanish National Library

2011-08 links used by the British Library in their British National Bibliography data

2011-07 links used by Sudoc, the French academic catalog (more information)

2011-05 links used by LOCAH Linked Archives Hub project

2011-02   Lexvo Ontology used in new DBpedia Spotlight text annotation service.

2011-01   Lexvo Ontology used in Vocabularies of a Friend (VOAF) project.

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In academic works, please cite the following paper:

Gerard de Melo (2015). Language-Related Information for the Linguistic Linked Data Cloud. Semantic Web 6:4, 2015, p. 393-400. IOS Press.
Impact factor: 1.786 (2016)

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