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Three Indonesian archives recognized as UNESCO Memory of the World

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, December 13, 2017  /  12:38 pm
Three Indonesian archives recognized as UNESCO Memory of the World

The Borobudur Conservation Archives was proposed by Borobudur Conservation Office under the Education and Culture Ministry. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

Three Indonesian archives, namely Borobudur Conservation Archives, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Archives and Panji tales manuscripts, have been recognized by UNESCO Memory of the World.

Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) acting head Bambang Subiyanto said the documentations serve as important evidence in the history of mankind, adding that the archives are also related to other nations.

News agency Antara reported that Borobudur Conservation Archives was proposed by the Borobudur Conservation Office under the Education and Culture Ministry.

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The archive was created after the biggest internationally funded conservation project in the 20th century. The project is said to be the first conservation of a monument using modern techniques.

The Borobudur Conservation Archive was claimed to have a crucial role in the development of conservation study, and its documents can be used to find solutions to conservation issues.

Meanwhile, the Panji tales manuscript was proposed by the National Library of Indonesia together with Malaysia, Cambodia, the Netherlands and United Kingdom.

The 13th century literature is said to mark the development of Javanese literature, which was no longer overshadowed by the great Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Lastly, the Indian Ocean Tsunami Archives was proposed by the National Archives of Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Comprising a set of documentation from various media, it records the Indian Ocean Tsunami event, including the responses, rehabilitation and reconstruction programs.

The three archives are not the first documents recognized by UNESCO Memory of the World. Prior to this, the program also acknowledged several archives, namely the poetic text La Galigo in 2011, the Nāgarakrĕtāgama manuscript in 2013, Babad Diponegoro, which is an autobiographical chronicle of the Javanese nobleman Prince Diponegoro in 2013, and the Asian-African Conference Archives in 2015.

Following the three archives, Indonesia is set to register two other documents next year, namely the Non-Aligned Movement and the country's first documents from former president Sukarno. (jes/kes)