The project is supported by a coalition of groups around the world known as the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. Google oversaw the development and launch of the project. According to their principle website, ELP
… is an online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat. Visit FAQ page to learn more. …
The Endangered Languages Project puts technology at the service of the organizations and individuals working to confront the language endangerment by documenting, preserving and teaching them. Through this website, users can not only access the most up to date and comprehensive information on Endangered Languages as well as samples 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. In addition, users will be able to share best practices and case studies through a knowledge sharing section and through joining relevant Google Groups.
The short video below explains the background for the project:
I encourage everyone interested in threatened languages to check out the ELP site and contribute to this amazing – and growing – body of knowledge.