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

ScriptSource and SIL

Since ScriptSource is managed by SIL, does it share SIL’s objectives?

In part. ScriptSource was created by SIL’s Non-Roman Script Initiative (NRSI) team, and the principal objective behind it was to create a website where the NRSI could share its knowledge with others, and where others could share their knowledge and also their needs in terms of software to support particular scripts and languages. The desired outcome is for the different scripts to be understood and supported by software developers and also supported appropriately by industry standards.

So SIL doesn’t exert editorial influence over what gets added to ScriptSource?

No. ScriptSource has its own Editorial Policy. Currently ScriptSource is administered by SIL staff, but we are always open to partnerships with other organizations who share our principal objective outlined above.

SIL’s Ethnologue site is now charging people to use it. Might ScriptSource go the same way?

Producing and maintaining Ethnologue is a costly process involving a lot of research. SIL has found it necessary to introduce some charges to cover some of those costs. ScriptSource is a different kind of website which relies on the contributions of the NRSI team and anyone else who cares to contribute, so it does not carry the same level of expense. We are committed to making the information on ScriptSource freely available to all. We do, however, welcome  donations to enable us to continue to do that long-term.

Does SIL have a long-term commitment to ScriptSource or might the site be taken down in the future?

Many man-years of effort went into the creation of ScriptSource, so SIL has invested substantially in the project. It is impossible to guarantee that the site will be around for ever, but we do have a long-term commitment to keeping the site running.

ScriptSource information

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 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 – are they checked?

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

Partners and Sponsors

What kinds of partners is ScriptSource looking for?

Partnership with ScriptSource can take many different forms. It can be as limited as providing a few short entries or articles, or as extensive as helping us make strategic decisions about the site. Please see the Partnerships page for more information.

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.