I might not have been clear enough in my previous message:
I haven't activated the domain www.iso639.org at all, and I don't plan to do
so on my own. The main purpose of buying the domain was to avoid a
"competing" ISO639 domain, although I realize that we can still get that,
given that iso639.net, iso639.com, and iso639.info have been bought by
I will most certainly not establish an information resource that intends to
compete with the LoC site. However, the LoC site has a rather cryptic
address, and it isn't always very practical to give out that address (you
don't expect people to remember
http://www.iso639.org/ is very much more suitable in that respect).
As you all know, ISO/TC37/SC2 is planning (working with) new parts of ISO
639. We might see drafts of ISO 639-3 and ISO 639-4 during this year. It is
no problem that information relating to all these parts and activities are
residing on different web servers, but I do find it potentially useful to
have a common portal to all this information.
In case one should agree on it, it would also not at all be any problem for
different organizations to upload information to a possible www.iso639.org
site. Most of my web sites are residing on different computers in the US.
Geography is no issue here.
To summarize: I am NOT planning to make an ISO 639 web site on my own,
competing with other sites. I have just secured a domain name, and I am
asking: Do we wish to use that domain for something?
Håvard Hjulstad mailto:[log in to unmask]
Chairman ISO/TC37 (Terminology and other language resources)
Convener of ISO/TC37/SC2/WG1 (Language coding)
Acting chairman of ISO 639 RA-JAC
NO-1430 Ås, Norway
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