Many languages have been lost and there is an urgent need to record remaining languages. Recording needs to be done in such a way that the language can be subsequently transmitted. It is important that communities have control over the way Language is recorded as well as over the recorded materials.
A language recording program may occur for the purposes of archiving the recorded material, or for the material to be used in the production of community resources or education programs. There are many reasons that community members might want to record languages.
AIATSIS can provide you with information on the best ways to go about language recording to make sure that the information you record is of a high quality so that it will be useful to you in the future.
For more information have a look at their resource: Keeping your History Alive.