Language Support

Language support in EOL v3 is still in development, but some new content is already in place. Here's where things stand at the moment:

The interface- navigating EOL in different languages:

After migrating our platform, we must work with our collaborators at TranslateWiki to salvage the interface text translations from the old EOL which are still needed in the new platform, discard strings we are no longer using, and add strings that are new to the platform, so that the TranslateWiki volunteer translators can get to work translating the full interface.

Common or vernacular names for taxa:

We have harvested the common names holdings of the wikidata, which include just over 291,000 names in 279 languages. We also have >93,000 common names in 130 languages added by valiant EOL members to fill gaps they observed over the past five years. You can search EOL by any of these names and find them in the names tab of any taxon page.


We have articles in Arabic, English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The article tab has a language filter, which is set to English by default. We hope soon to make that default setting configurable in your EOL profile.

Structured data:

One of the great advantages of structured attribute and interaction data is that it is very efficient to translate. We hope to have data labels supported in multiple languages by Summer 2019. We should have lots of translations available immediately from our geographic terms providers, geonames, marineregions.org and wikidata.