Getting content to the Internet is very much a chicken and egg problem. There is nothing and consequently nothing is added.

If we want to get more content in a language in a format that can help, Wikidata is a good bet. One of the strategies is to have volunteers work on content that has a big effect. One other strategy is by using lexical data and add this to Wikidata. 

A lexical approach is possible when the copyright holders of the data understand that their data gains value when it is actually used. By linking significantly into Wikidata several things are achieved:
It is relatively easy to add lexical data to wikidata. Many academic projects already link to several external sources and Wikidata is increasingly connected to such sources as well. It takes the ambition to do something for a language to make a difference.

By the way big and small languages will benefit from this kind of approach including English. 

On 31 December 2013 15:27, A. Mani <a.mani.cms@gmail.com> wrote:
Abstract: Of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken today, some
2,500 are generally considered endangered. Here we argue that this
consensus figure vastly underestimates the danger of digital language
death, in that less than 5% of all languages can still ascend to the
digital realm. We present evidence of a massive die-off caused by the
digital divide.


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