Looking for geospatial information on linguistics.

Looking for world wide data with national and subnational data. Data should include what regions speak which language(s).

Does this data exist?

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I know that this data exists for Africa. Here is the link.


There is a variable under the "Ethno Linguistic" group labeled as Language Families 2001. Hope this piece helps.

The polygons seem to be served from a geoserver. I looked at the HTML and here is an example of a polygon:

<img class="olTileImage" src="http://worldmap.harvard.edu/geoserver/wms?STYLES=lang_families_felix&amp;FORMAT=image%2Fpng&amp;TRANSPARENT=TRUE&amp;LAYERS=geonode%3Aetnicity_felix&amp;EXCEPTIONS=application%2Fvnd.ogc.se_inimage&amp;VERSION=1.1.1&amp;SERVICE=WMS&amp;REQUEST=GetMap&amp;LLBBOX=-17.5337867736816,-31.9347820281982,51.4154243469238,37.3495597839355&amp;URL=http%3A%2F%2Fworldmap.harvard.edu%2Fgeoserver%2Fwms&amp;TILED=true&amp;SRS=EPSG%3A900913&amp;BBOX=3130860.678125,-626172.135625,3757032.81375,-1.0477378964424e-9&amp;WIDTH=256&amp;HEIGHT=256" style="visibility: inherit; opacity: 0.82; position: absolute; left: 442%; top: -25%; width: 256%; height: 256%;">
  • Do you know if this information can be provided as a REST / Feature Service ?
    – A. S.
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 22:06
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    I am not sure about if this is accessible by a REST endpoint, but there does seem to be a geoserver behind this layer. I can update my response to give an example. You might be able to access the geoserver directly, or you might be able to download the shapefile from this site.
    – krishnab
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 22:54

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