Ethnologue data now limited until you pay

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at
Wed Jan 6 00:45:42 CET 2016

I'm a little confused by the discussion.  Presumably the list of tags is available, so mostly this is the additional information, which I imagine it must cost them a bit to collect and maintain (I've been in jobs where we did that sort of thing, and it takes man hours).

Kinda of a bummer, but if that's what they need to do to make their business model work, it seems sensible.  Really nice that they're still allowing casual lookup.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ietf-languages [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Constable
Sent: January 4, 2016 10:54 PM
To: Michael Everson <everson at>; ietflang IETF Languages Discussion <ietf-languages at>
Subject: RE: Ethnologue data now limited until you pay

>> Here's to capitalism. Fortunately the ISO 639-3 pages aren't similarly restricted yet.
> Yes, I noticed that. Thus endeth the usefulness of the resource. 

Huh? Capitalism? No longer useful? Both you guys are going overboard in your reactions. Fifteen years ago, you had no option but to buy the printed edition. We should all be thankful to SIL that they've been giving everyone free and unlimited access to this (still useful) resource on the Web for many years now, and that there will still be lots of free (just not unlimited) access. 

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