Monthly Archives: March 2014

Launching a new kind of language map


We’re launching the first public release version of Language Landscape (1.0) in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS, University of London at 6pm on Monday 24 March 2014. This public event will be an opportunity for everyone to hear more about the new features of the website and also to learn about our outreach programmes. If you can’t make it to the launch, you can read about the new features of the website here and about our outreach work here and here. In this post we’ll give you a bit more of a flavour of what will be happening on the night to whet your appetite.

We’ll be doing a live demonstration of some of the new features of the website and talking about our outreach programmes. We’ll also show a video about our outreach projects.

Alongside the live demonstration, you’ll also have the chance to try out the new features on the site. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the evening to answer any questions you might have and help you get set up with an account for the site.

We’re also proud to announce that Tom Castle, an artist and technician in the Endangered Languages Archive at SOAS, will be presenting two installations during the event. “Departures” is an installation documenting the prison time given for homosexual activity in different parts of the world. The second is a new piece echoing the qualities and form of Language Landscape which deals with the “Euston Area Plan”: the proposal for the destruction & construction of Euston and surrounding residential areas.

Throughout the evening we’ll also be encouraging attendees to tweet us their favourite word in any language using the #favouriteword hashtag. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets with a very exciting first prize: the winner and a friend will be invited for breakfast at Google’s London offices. The Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant programme funded the development of Language Landscape 1.0 and we’re very happy to be able to offer this chance for someone to gain an insight into one of the web’s biggest companies.

If you would like to attend the launch, please RSVP to If you have any questions about the event or about Language Landscape more generally please get in touch at the same address or via Twitter or Facebook.

We’re looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible and helping you to map your language!

UPDATE: The DJ has now been confirmed as Chemikal Recipe. Listen to their music on Soundcloud