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Protecting publications | Community, Language, Project, Centre, Klrc, Committee, Works, Commitment | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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The Kimberley Language Resource Centre has been involved in producing a wide variety of language resources, in both printed and electronic form. Ideas for all language projects go through the language centre committee. It is the committee, not the language centre staff, which makes the ultimate decision about a project going ahead. KLRC has contracted people with particular skills for specific projects, for the life of the project. The centre works on the basic assumption that, in order to be successful, any project needs the commitment factor from the community. The KLRC is an organisation which responds to community requests. The way the centre works is by responding to and supporting community requests, suggestions and initiatives. The project idea and materials comes from a community and the language centre requires them to identify a group of people within the community to drive the project. The language centre’s role is to provide the technical support (eg language analysis, producing publications) to develop the best possible product at the end of the day, but ownership and commitment come from the community members. Sometimes the reverse situation arises, when external researchers have an idea for a project which they would like to undertake in a community. In these cases the KLRC directs them to a community which might be interested in the suggested idea/project. However, it is up to the community to decide whether or not to become involved.