Endangered Languages.

Catching 3000 whispers.

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35% of the world’s 7000 languages have less than 50,000 speakers; we are in danger of losing these languages if we don't act to preserve them. Working with Google.org and the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, we built a web tool that brings together the world’s knowledge on this topic to better highlight the jeopardy facing over 3000 languages in the years to come. If you have some translated text, a voice recorder or a camera, you can also upload pieces of these languages through our simple upload feature, preserving the language before it’s too late. Doing the hard technological work to make it easy to take action: this is what Vizzuality does.

Google.org and Alliance for Linguistic Diversity.

June 2012.

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Exploring languages with ease

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The main part of the website is an intuitive, interactive map that allows users to explore languages by location, level of threat or number of speakers

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We used Django and a number of techniques to build a high performance front-end able deal with the large audience

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Latest activity and other social features recognise and promote user contributions to documentation

What are people saying about it?

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While language can be considered an integral fiber that connects a community, the Web is what connects the world today. And a new website, called the Endangered Languages Project, aims to connect and collect the most current and comprehensive information about the more than 3,000 endangered languages of the world

Los Angeles Times

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The site features videos and an interactive map. The curious can click on any one of the dots that hang over each country (including a suprising number in the U.S.), each representing a whole language


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AMAAAAZING map of endangered languages. Who knew ~1,100 people in America speak "Kickapoo"?

Mona Chalabi

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