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Data Set Language


<Data_Set_Language> describes the language used in the preparation, storage, and description of the data.   It is the language of the information object, not the language used to describe or interact with the metadata record. <Data_Set_Language> does not refer to the language of the metadata.



  • Consists of 1 - 80 characters from the UTF-8 character set.
  • The <Data_Set_Language> field is highly recommended and can be repeated if data is available in more than one language.
  • <Data_Set_Language> may be selected from the Suggested Language Keywords List, which is adapted from the ISO 639 language codes:



This document should be cited as:
Directory Interchange Format (DIF) Writer's Guide, 2016.
Global Change Master Directory.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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