The aim is to to preserve half of the world's 7,000 languages which are in danger of disappearing within 100 years. Google has offered the technology to assist the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, which was created as part of the Endangered Languages Project
According to PC Advisor
users of the new website will be able to access 3,054 endangered languages. Featured languages are divided into four distinct categories: at risk, endangered, severely endangered and vitality unknown.
Project managers Clara Rivera Rodriguez and Jason Rissman said
"People can share their knowledge and research directly through the site and help keep the content up-to-date. A diverse group of collaborators have already begun to contribute content ranging from 18th-century manuscripts to modern teaching tools like video and audio language samples and knowledge-sharing articles."
They added "Documenting...languages that are on the verge of extinction is an important step in preserving cultural diversity, honoring the knowledge of our elders and empowering our youth. Technology can strengthen these efforts, by helping people create high-quality recordings of their elders (often the last speakers of a language), connecting Diaspora communities through social media and facilitating language learning."