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ISO 639 Language Codes

The ISO 639 series of International Standards started off from early ideas of Eugen Wüster on the need for standardized language codes. Infoterm carried on with developing this standard, which became the most influential series of standards of ISO/TC 37 being of greatest importance in the world of information and communication technology (ICT).

Today the committee responsible for the ISO 639 Codes for the representation of names of languages is ISO/TC 37/SC 2/WG 1 Coding systems, whose Convenor as from 2011 is Mr Gerhard Budin of the University of Vienna. It is intended to transfer the codes of the parts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the ISO 639 series into a database and turn ISO 639-4:2010 Codes for the representation of names of languages—Part 4: General principles of coding of the representation of names of languages and related entities, and application guidelines into the International Standard stipulating the governance of the maintenance of all the language codes.

Last update: 2011-10-24

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