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World Language Mapping System

Language points and area data for Geographic Information Systems

Now Available: Version 3.2 with 15th Edition Ethnologue Data!

New Features in Version 3.2

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The World Language Mapping System is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and trusted geographic data set of the locations of the world's nearly 7,000 ethno-linguistic peoples.

Christian nonprofit organizations interested in using this data should go to Global Ministry Mapping System web pages to find out more about our customized mapping software package tailored for their purposes.

General Description
Features
New Features in Version 3.2
Related Products
System Requirements
Limitations
Licensing
Pricing and Ordering

See Also:
Sample Maps
WLMS User Area - Additional Sample Maps and Data
Complete documentation in PDF

General Description

The World Language Mapping System consists of Geographic Information System data mapping language locations both as points and polygon (of language homelands), with attribute information from Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth Edition. The World Language Mapping System (WLMS) is the result of over 17 years of collaborative work between Global Mapping International (GMI) and the SIL International (SIL), to map the over 6,800 languages described in SIL's 15th edition Ethnologue. The resulting GIS data is used by SIL to produce maps for the Ethnologue and other purposes, and has been published by GMI in GIS format for the Christian nonprofit community since 1995 as part of the Global Ministry Mapping System. This data set, adapted to work with either NGA's public domain Digtital Chart of the World (VMAP Level 0) base map or GMI's companion Seamless Digital Chart of the World , is now available to the broader community of GIS users.

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Features

For additional information see Complete documentation in PDF

New Features in Version 3.2

Related Products

The WLMS is developed to coordinate with GMI's Seamless Digital Chart of the World base map. Country boundaries from that product are included with the WLMS product. Several example map projects (ArcGIS 8.3 .mxd files) provided with each product illustrate how the products work together. Users who do not already have a working Digital Chart of the World/VMAP 0 base map, or who are annoyed by the tile and library boundary artifacts of the public domain versions of that data set, should consider purchasing GMI's product.

System Requirements

Limitations

Licensing

Standard WLMS licensing permits use of the data at a single (or optionally, at multiple) GIS end-user workstations, and distribution of maps created on licensed workstations in either print or electronic form with only minor attribution requirements. See the standard license (in PDF format) for details. Custom licensing for large GIS sites, multi-user map servers, or other situations not covered by the standard license can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

WLMS License Pricing and Ordering

Standard Pricing (Commercial, Government, etc.)
WLMS 3.2 bundled with complete Seamless DCW Base Map
 
first workstation
$1,000.00

additional workstations

$500.00 each
WLMS 3.2 with DCW country borders only
 

first workstations

$750.00

additional workstations

$375.00 each

 

Educational and Non-profit Organization Pricing

WLMS 3.2 bundled with complete Seamless DCW Base Map
 
first workstation
$350.00

additional workstations

$175.00 each
WLMS 3.2 with DCW country borders only
 

first workstations

$250.00

additional workstations

$125.00 each

For more information, contact GMI (info@gmi.org).

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