A group of scientists and engineers are crafting a modern Rosetta stone that will preserve more than 1,400 of the world’s 7,000 languages on a 3-inch nickel disk.

Fifty to ninety percent of the world’s languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, according to the The Rosetta Project, a collaborative, open-source endeavor by language specialists and native speakers around the world who are creating a “near permanent” archive of the world’s languages.

Developers of the modern Rosetta disk hope they will help future generations recover lost languages that are now on the brink of extinction.