Frequently Asked Questions

Support ScriptSource


Here are some of the most common questions we receive about ScriptSource.


Who is the author of what is on the site?

Data is gathered from a variety of sources, including The Unicode Consortium, the ISO, and SIL's Ethnologue. A baseline of information on scripts, including text and graphics, has been written by ScriptSource staff based on research from academic resources. The great majority of content, however, will be provided by the wider community.

Can I trust what I read on ScriptSource?

We certainly hope so. We've carefully researched the basic information for the site and are doing our best to be sure that it is correct and verifiable. There will, however, always be situations where there are a variety of opinions. In those cases, we'll try to be sure that they are presented in a balanced way.

What about the community contributions - will they be checked?

Community contributions go through a basic moderation process. This alone will not guarantee accuracy, but will sort out the most obvious erroneous entries. The long-term reliability of the information will be the responsibility of the users. See our Editorial Policy.

Partners and Sponsors

Who runs ScriptSource?

Currently, SIL International sponsors, develops and manages the site. This will likely continue to be the case for a while, but we hope to put the site into the hands of a wider academic consortium when there is sufficient interest from other institutions. See Sponsorship and Funding.

Copyright and Legal

Who owns the data and software on ScriptSource?

The authors and rights holders own all their contributions. ScriptSource is a collection of data and software from multiple sources, used within published usage guidelines, with the authorship and ownership of the data and software always noted. See our Licensing Policy.

Can I use what I find on ScriptSource for my own publication?

Reuse of any information will be governed by the licensing details of that individual body of data. SIL content will generally be made available via open licenses like the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike (CC-BY-SA), and we encourage (but will not require) contributing authors to use the same license. See our Licensing Policy and Terms of Use.

If I contribute information do I lose control of it?

Information that you write always remains under your authorship and control. We strongly encourage you to contribute your information with an open license so others can build on your work. Doing so does not dilute or take away any of your rights as an author.

Copyright © 2017 SIL International and released under the  Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license (CC-BY-SA) unless noted otherwise. Language data includes information from the  Ethnologue. Script information partially from the  ISO 15924 Registration Authority. Some character data from  The Unicode Standard Character Database and locale data from the  Common Locale Data Repository. Used by permission.