Kyoto – It is necessary for research on social sciences and humanities to conform with the rapid development of the digital age today. In response to the challenge, Research Center for Regional Resources (P2SDR) of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the Art Research Center (ARC) - Ritsumeikan University (RU) have come to an agreement to undertake research collaboration on digital humanities to make a digital archive of Borobudur and Prambanan Temple. This agreement is made in a Momerandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both parties on Friday, March 12, 2017 at the ARC-RU, Kyoto. Four researchers from P2SDR-LIPI were coming, Dr. Ganewati Wuryandari, Dr. Fadjar Ibnu Thufail, Upik Sarjiati, M.PP, and Firman Budianto, S.Hum.
Head of ARC-RU, Prof. Dr. Koichi Hosoi, expressed his gratitude for all the efforts that Dr. Fadjar Thufail (P2SDR-LIPI) with Dr. Keiko Suzuki and Prof. Dr. Satoshi Tanaka (ARC-RU) gave in initiating and overseeing this cooperation plan from the beginning. "We do hope our experience in digital archiving could contribute to the digital archiving project of the Borobudur Temple. Since this is a big project, we look forward to good cooperation from all parties.", Prof. Hosoi concluded.
On the same occasion, Head of P2SDR-LIPI, Dr. Wuryandari, also expressed her high appreciation to Prof. Hosoi and all of the researcher team for the warm welcome. "I think this is a good start to explore further cooperation between LIPI and Ritsumeikan University in the near future. We will work hard and give our best in the implementation of this project.", she hoped.
For information, ARC-RU has extensive experience in carrying out digital archiving of various cultural heritage objects, including a mikoshi in Gion Matsuri festival, using 3D laser scan technology. For the first year, this joint research project between P2SDR-LIPI and ARC-RU will try to archive one of the reliefs in Borobudur Temple.
The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a project kick-off meeting led by Prof. Tanaka as the project leader. The meeting was opened with the introduction of the research team. There are a total of 15 researchers who joined in this big project. 13 researchers from RU and two researchers from P2SDR-LIPI, Dr. Fadjar I. Thufail and Firman Budianto, S.Hum. The agenda was then closed with a reception dinner for all the researchers. (/ firman)