Ancient Indonesian manuscripts in digital format

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A literature foundation in Surakarta has announced the digitizing a quarter of the 6,000 ancient manuscripts and books in their possession – with the entire collection to be completed by the end of the year. The founder of this initiative, John Paterson, was in the news last week when he said that he was returning the scripts in his possession to the city of Solo for safekeeping. I certainly hope that such a digitalised collection will be made open access for everyone to access and study.

Thousands of Ancient Scripts Digitalized
Tempo Interaktif, 27 May 2009
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Ancient Javanese manuscripts return home after 30 years

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Under the safekeeping of an Australian scholar, some 3,000 ancient Javanese manuscripts are to be returned to their home country – but it seems that the Radya Pustaka Museum, the intended destination for the manuscripts, is not equipped to hold such brittle material. The beleaguered museum has been in the news of late because of its role in a counterfeit antiques scandal as well as the discovery of missing items from its inventory.

Javanese Relics to Be Returned But More Treasures Still Missing
Jakarta Globe, 24 May 2009

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