Electronic archival storage

All linguistic documentation should ideally be stored in an open archive, in order to make it accessible in the short term; for example to create pedagogical material or to add information, and in order to preserve it in the long term, so that this information on the language spoken today remains accessible to the communities.

An open archive implies that the storing of the data is accomplished by the author him/herself or by a person or institution, as long as they can guarantee they hold the rights or authorisation to make use of the data. These resources are stored on a server which ensures secure storage and which allows access to them.

A description of each document is then entered in a catalog, which makes their existence known to all and especially allows them to be easily recovered among all the other documents.

There are presently no open archives of this type especially dedicated to the linguistic documentation of the indigenous languages of Quebec. The creation of accessible digital archives, where all documentation on the indigenous languages of Quebec is centralized, would allow the centralization of the data and would facilitate the comparison of these languages, spoken by people who share a great part of their cultural heritage.