Language Grid

The Language Grid is a multilingual service platform which enables easy registration and sharing of language services such as online dictionaries, bilingual corpora, and machine translators. Users can construct a multilingual environment to support their activities by combining language services on the Language Grid.

How to Join Language Grid

Language Grid users can develop language services by wrapping users' own language resources as Web services, customize language services registered on the Language Grid by combining other services, and publish the customized language services via the Language Grid. This section explains the functions of the Language Grid and how to use these functions.

Use Langauge Services

Many language services (c.f. multilingual dictionaries, and machine translators) that are developed by several research institutes have been registered on the Language Grid. 27 kinds of services which include 229 services are registered, at May 2017. Users can create several multilingual applications by invoking them.

Create Language Services

Users can create new language services without expert knowledge of language services by combining language services that have been registered in the Language Grid.

Publish Language Services

Users can register own language services on the Language Grid. The registered service also can be combined with other services.

User Registration on Language Grid

First, the user registration to the Language Grid is required.
Please complete user registration according to the joining procedure.
* Organizations that use the Language Grid for non-profit purpose including CSR (Corporate social responsibility), or research purpose are allowed to register to the Language Grid.

Invoke Language Service

The Java and PHP API libraries for invoking language services on the Language Grid have been published on the following URL.
Langauge Grid Multilingual Studio

Available services are searchable on the Language Grid Service Manager.
Langauge Grid Service Manager

These services can be tried through the following web application.

Develop Language Service

Language Grid users can develop language services by wrapping own language resources as Web services. To wrap language resources, please refer to the following manual.
Language Service Creation Manual

In addition, anyone can join the development of the Language Grid. In detail, please access to the web site of Langauge Grid OSS project.
Langauge Grid OSS project

Registration of Language Services

Developed language services can be registered on the Language Grid by using Language Grid Service Manager.
Language Grid Service Manager

The following manual explains how to register language services on the Language Grid.
Service Manager Manual

Use Cases

Examples of multilingual communication that use the Language Grid. When you click each figure, you can access to the web site of each project.

About Us

Language Grid Association is a non-profit organization that operates, develops, and promotes the Language Grid.
Our mission is to contribute to exchanges beyond languages and cultures by conducting non-profit undertaking related to multilingual communication support for citizens, non-profit organizations, and companies.
For details of the organization, please refer to the articles of incorporation (in Japanese) .

Organization Name

Language Grid Association


May 25th, 2017


Toru Ishida


Address: 98 Hidemori Bld.208, Sorincho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8262, Japan
TEL: 075-746-2374 FAX: 075-746-2384 E-mail: lga-staff (at) 

Board Members

Chairman: Yohei Murakami (Professor, College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)

Vice chairman: Donghui Lin (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environmental, Life, Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University)

Board Member: Hitoshi Isahara (Professor/Director of Information and Media Center, Toyohashi University of Technology)

Board Member: Toru Ishida (Professor, Department of Social Informatics, Kyoto University)

Board Member: Takashi Yoshino (Professor, Department of Design and Information Sciences, Wakayama University)

Board Member: Yoko Kubota (Kyoto University Design School)

Auditor: Masayuki Otani (Lecturer, Department of Informatics, Kindai University)


Membersip of the NPO Language Grid Association is open to anyone who paied annual fee without addmission fee.
Members of the NPO Language Grid Association have the following rights:

  • Right to vote at the general meeting prescribed by the articles of incorporation
  • Right to receive e-mail related to periodic maintenance of the Language Grid
  • Right to receive QA support on the use of the language grid
The types of members and the corresponding membership fees are as follows.
Type of membership Annual fee Note
Individual member 5,000 JPY Individual members that agreed the purpose of the NPO Language Grid Association
Organization member 50,000 JPY Organization members that agreed the purpose of the NPO Language Grid Association
Supporting member 50,000 JPY Individual or organization members that joined to support business of the NPO Language Grid Association
For inquiries about admission and payment of membership fee, please contact the secretariat email address "lga-staff (at)".
The details are described at the chapter 3 in the articles of incorporation