GMI Updates Geographic Data on World's Languages



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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, April 17, 2017 –GMI announces the release of its latest World Language Mapping System (WLMS) to help non-profits, companies, researchers and governments understand the impact of local languages on their programs, products and services. 


The WLMS is the most comprehensive and trusted geographic dataset of the locations of the world’s nearly 7,100 living language groups. The language data comes from the 19th Edition (2016) ISO 639-3 standard and includes language locations as points and polygons.


“Even as globalization advances, so much of our work depends on understanding the dynamics of nearly 7,100 languages around the world,” says Jon Hirst, CEO of GMI. “GMI’s unique geographic product allows you to see the world through the lens of language and better engage the globe.”


The new edition of the WLMS includes the latest 2016 data from the ISO standard (significant changes to South Africa, Ghana, Malaysia, Peru, Paraguay and Georgia), over 60 languages added as point locations and an updated list of immigrant, extinct and sign languages.


GMI leverages research and technology to create, cultivate, and communicate mission information leading to insight that inspires Kingdom service. Founded 30 years ago on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Mission, GMI has a rich history of facilitating strategic mission research and mapping for international Christian churches and ministries.