GCOWE95 Peoples Information Network
PIN -- A Growing Network
The Peoples Information Network (PIN) was started in October 1992
by an ad hoc group representing four missions. It has grown since
then to over 100 organizations and individuals - and is still
Our goal is "to lay the foundation for an on-going system
about peoples, their languages and habitats to;
- Provide the information and information tools on peoples around
the world to serve the Body of Christ in the task of world evangelization,
- Monitor the goal of a church for every people by the year
PIN is a special interest group of SHARE Fellowship. Members of
PIN agree to follow the SHARE Code of Conduct (see below). PIN
also serves as a task force for the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement.
The principal tool for sharing information is the Registry
Of Peoples And Languages (ROPAL):
- A list of all known ethno-linguistic groups of the world,
with people and language names, geographic locations and a unique
code (ROPAL code)
- Cross-indexing with ten major global lists of languages and
- Specific information about the status of these peoples; including
response to the Gospel, presence of a church, availability of
Scripture, Jesus Film, Radio, Christian literature, relief and
- A file of language family relationships is also available.
The ROPAL list is now incorporated into a number of databases of
cooperating agencies. It forms the basis for the "Least
Evangelized Peoples of the World" list used by the AD 2000 &
What we offer you:
- The Registry Of Peoples And Languages (ROPAL), updated twice
- The PIN Newsletter, issued quarterly.
- A Directory of Members, updated yearly.
- A database version of Ethnologue - Languages of the
World (SIL) updated yearly.
- The opportunity to be involved in special interest groups
on language change, habitats, and other topics. These will be
introduced in the Newsletter as there is interest.
What we expect from you:
- Your willingness to share information with other network members
in accordance with the SHARE Code of Conduct.
- Your active participation in PIN, so that genuine networking
can take place.
How do I get involved?
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Peoples Information
Network, please write to Ron Rowland, Peoples Information Network,
7116, Nutmeg Lane, Dallas, TX 75249, USA.
A donation of US $20.00 is recommended in order to cover the costs
of newsletters, disks, etc. for one year. Checks can be made payable
to Peoples Information Network. Members facing difficulty in
transferring funds internationally are urged to join the network
without obligation to offer financial support.
SHARE Fellowship Code of Conduct.
- Our intention should be to promote the advance of the Kingdom
of God through shared information; promoting the unity of the
Body of Christ; and enabling Christian organizations to make intelligent
decisions for effective ministry.
- Whenever possible we should declare information to be unrestricted,
and be prepared to share it openly. Each item of shared information
will be regarded as unrestricted unless it has been specifically
declared restricted or confidential.
- We should seek to share restricted information in a responsible
God-honoring way. Organizations and individuals should respect
the sensitivity of restricted information, and use it only as
specified by the source. Restricted confirmation should be limited
to use by other Network members e.g., for developing plans and
strategies. The receiving administrator should only pass on such
data within agreed guidelines and restrictions, according to terms
agreed with the source organization or individual. this applies
both internally, within the receiving organization, and externally.
- Confidential and Highly Confidential information generally
will not be shared. We recognize that there may be limited sharing
of confidential information between those who share a common task,
or who are in complementary ministries. Such sharing is totally
at the discretion of the source organization or individual, and
will be subject to specific bilateral agreements.
- Appropriate credit should be given to the source organization
or individual. copyrights and licenses should be respected whenever
data from sources outside one's own organization are used. The
burden of responsibility for this lies with the user.
- Users of information should not advance their own image, or
that of their organization at the expense of the organization
or individual supplying the information. On the contrary, users
should seek to give honor where honor is due.
Ron Rowland, United Kingdom (residing in U.S.A.)
Strategic Information Office,
Summer Institute of Linguistics
International Director, AD 2000 & Beyond Movement