Oliver Loode, Managing Director of URALIC Centre for Indigenous Peoples, has been invited to join the Governance Council of the Endangered Languages Project (ELP). Oliver’s primary role as Member of the Governance Council will be to strengthen the presence of indigenous Finno-Ugric languages in ELP’s online platform and to share Finno-Ugric experiences in language preservation and revitalization with ELP’s worldwide partners and users.
The Endangered Languages Project is a collaborative online space to share information, resources and ideas to strengthen the world’s endangered languages. ELP puts technology at the service of the organizations and individuals working to confront the language endangerment by documenting, preserving and teaching them. Through its website (www.endangeredlanguages.com), users can access the most up to date and comprehensive information on endangered languages as well as language resources being provided by partners, but also play an active role in putting their languages online by submitting information or samples in the form of text, audio or video files. Google oversaw the development and launch of this project with the long term goal for it to be led by true experts in the field of language preservation. The project is now managed by First Peoples' Cultural Council (Canada) and the Endangered Languages Catalogue/Endangered Languages Project (ELCat/ELP) team at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (USA) in coordination with the Governance Council.