Manuscripts Should be Preserved, Not Exploited

45 Manuscript Experts Participated in DREAMSEA Workshop
July 10, 2018
DREAMSEA will Develop Metadata Content
July 10, 2018

Prof. Oman Fathurahman as Principal Investigator, Dr. Ismatu Ropi as Programme Coordinator


Jakarta, DREAMSEA – Workshop on Preservation of Manuscripts in Southeast Asia was attended by Prof. Dr. Oman Fathurahman as Principal Investagors of DREAMSEA. He appreciates the role of Arcadia who has been committed in supporting cultural wealth in Southeast Asia.

“Arcadia is very concerned about this program. They have for decades contributed to saving and promoting cultural wealth around the world “, said Oman.

In this workshop, Oman present as Principal Investigator of DREAMSEA to share his experiences in preserving the manuscripts. He also explained that the output of DREAMSEA is to produce an Open Access Database of Souteast Asian Manuscripts.

“Collaborate with Prof. Dr. Jan van der Putten, we believe that our ancestors have wrote manuscripts to be read and known to others. And, digitising is a way to share the contents of a manuscript without having physically damage it, “Oman said.

Despite the abundance of manuscripts, in fact the manuscripts digitisation activities in Southeast Asia are not running maximally. This is due to the high cost incurred by the owner of the manuscript. They also have difficulty accessing the digitalisation programs provided by donor agencies due to the lack of knowledge of grant proposals.

DREAMSEA will optimize the manuscripts digitisation program in Southeast Asia through top-down method, the owner of the manuscript is not required to submit a proposal. They only need to inform the whereabouts of the manuscripts and then the DREAMSEA team that will carry out the digitisation without cost.

“The world must understand the diversity of manuscripts in Southeast Asia. Therefore, DREAMSEA will preserve, not exploit”, Oman concluded his lecture.

The workshop on Preservation of Manuscripts in Southeast Asia was held at Santika Premiere Hotel Bintaro, Indonesia, on July 4-7th, 2018. The workshop aims to provide enrichment to teams that will carry out the digitalisation program of manuscripts in Southeast Asia. [MNF]

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