Susan Hooyenga Megan Zdrojkowski & Steve Moran,
Eastern Michigan University

Creating Language Resources that Last: The E-MELD Project and Best Practices in Digital Language Documentation

A growing number of projects focus on documenting endangered languages before they disappear, but it is also important to be aware of the need to preserve the documentation itself. Paper, audiotapes, videotapes, and computer storage media are all prone to degradation and destruction. Moreover, the proliferation of digital standards and formats inhibits the interoperability and reusability of language resources. The E-MELD School of Best Practices ( is designed to teach linguists how to create language documentation that can be accessed and used by the widest number of current speakers and researchers, as well as by future generations.