The main activities of the project will be surveying: the current range, availability and accessibility of digital content in regional and minority languages and the usability of those languages over digital media and tools; the peer-learning and development of a training programme targeted to adult learners, namely speakers of regional and minority languages, about effective ways and instruments for creating and sharing digital content. Such activities, finalised to the achievement of common recommendations of best practices and of a blueprint for future actions for ensuring digital representation to regional and minority languages, will be carried out through networking, information and counselling activities, both during project’s events and virtually, through the project Web site.
The activities planned for the development of the project’s intellectual outputs are methodologically related.
The preparatory phase, represented by the survey on digital use and usability of regional and minority languages, will serve as a starting point for the development of an instrument – generically applicable – for assessing the level of digital fitness of regional and minority languages. Different levels of digital fitness will be linked to different types of actions, instruments and tools to be addressed, under the form of graded, prioritised recommendations (“what to do”).
After identifying the types of actions that need to be carried out according to the different levels of digital fitness, a training programme will be developed, so as to give concrete, hands-on advice about how to perform those actions.
The modularity of the 'digital language survival kit' will be reflected by a parallel modularity in the training programme. This will have a practical character and will consist in the illustration of success stories combined with workshops where attendants will have the opportunity to learn new digital skills using their own regional and minority languages.
The identification of various categories of stakeholders (individual speakers and speakers’ communities; SMEs, digital content providers and ICT developers; policy makers) will inform the structure and content of the 'roadmap to digital language diversity', a collection of concrete and realistic recommendations to ensure Europe’s regional and minority languages an appropriate digital presence.
The project Web site will function as an interactive hub in which all the material produced by the project will be made available and where any individual or association will find information about the DLDP aims, principles and concepts. In particular, any visitor will be able to retrieve information on the current status of digital fitness of the regional and minority languages investigated in the project, as well as provide information about other languages; (s)he will find advice and counselling on the actions to be undertaken at the individual or collective level; (s)he will be able to network with other speakers of regional and minority languages.