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03 Jan 2019

National Library of Indonesia Launches Khastara: New Ways to Recognize Archipelago Manuscripts

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta—Ancient manuscripts are like beacon of civilization. Information content in each manuscript is full of positive message. Collection of ancient archipelago manuscripts was written in varied alphabets and languages. National Library of Indonesia up to 2017 has already had 11.133 manuscripts. However, not many can read every information contained or written on them.

In order for public to be able to access easily and find out great benefit of ancient archipelago manuscripts, National Library of  Indonesia launched special website ‘Khastara’ at Soekarman Theatre, on Thursday, (3/1). Khastara stands for Khasanah Naskah Nusantara. This website is created by cooperation of Centre of Library and Information Services as system provider and Centre of Preservation as content provider.

“One of library’s roles is as knowledge bridge to the past and Khastara website contains all digital collections transformed from printed collection of National Library’s archipelago manuscripts. This site is expected to be utilized by Indonesian for intelellectual purpose,” said Director of National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando at the launching.

This website, added he, facilitated library users in accessing digitized archipelago library collection in an eye-catching format, thus fragile printed collection remains intact.

The display of archipelago manuscripts will be created in an intuitive website but simple, in line with latest technology development with responsive web concept. Thus, Khastara website can be opened on gadgets, such as tablet and smartphone.

Khastara website contains 8.324 titles, among them are 837 titles of ancient manuscipt collection, 144 titles of translated rare monograph collection, 1.548 titles of map, 5.716 titles of graphic materials (photograph, image, painting) and 79  titles of rare serials (rare magazine and newspaper).

“Our expectation is the enhancement of information and communication technology  based-information service presented by National Library expands insight and variety of available information as well as useful for Indonesian people,” said Deputy of Library and Information Services Development Ofy Sofiana.



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