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The main reason for the success of the Gumbaynggir Dictionary project was that it was the community, in particular the old people, who approached a linguist. It was the community which had the idea and initiated the project. Throughout the whole project, the linguist provided technical advice and the community picked up a lot of skills along the way. Many community members had input and were involved in all aspects of the publication. It was not a case of the linguist doing the work in isolation. Community members did research, collected written and oral sources, entered data, were involved in the analysis of the language data, made decisions about which items would be included and how the dictionary would be published. The result is a language resource which is useful to the whole community as well as useful in an academic context.