Saving Sundanese Cultural Archive, Unpad Has the Sundanese Digitalization Center and Cultural Development

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Universitas Padjadjaran has now an institution that specializes in the
inventory of written, audio and visual Sundanese cultural archives. Not only carrying out an inventory, the institution called the “Pusat Digitalisasi dan Pengembangan Budaya Sunda Unpad” (Sundanese Digitalization Center and Cultural Development) also digitalizes them.

Universitas Padjadjaran Rector Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M.SIE., together with Vice-Rector for Research, Community Service, Academic Cooperation and Corporation Dr. Keri Lestari, M.Sc., and Chair of the Center for Digitalization and Development of Sundanese Culture Prof. Ganjar Kurnia overseeing the print media scanning activities carried out by the Unpad Sundanese Digitalization Center and Cultural Development at Graha Soeria Atmadja, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 46, Bandung, Wednesday (11/13). (Photo: Arief Maulana) *

The initiation of the inventory of Sundanese culture emerged from the 10th Rector of Unpad Prof. Dr. Ganjar Kurnia, DEA. Since 2013, Prof. Ganjar and his team began collecting various writings such as books and Sundanese-language media to various image archives and sound recordings.

In the socialization as well as the inauguration of the establishment of the Center for Digitalization and Sundanese Culture Development at Graha Soeria Atmadja, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 46, Bandung, Wednesday (11/13), Prof. Ganjar explained, the efforts made were aimed at saving the heritage of written, audio and video of Sundanese culture from extinction and disseminating it back to the public.

Based on a research, there were approximately 100 types of Sundanese language media published in West Java. There were also foreign-language media that explore the Sundanese culture. Besides, tens of thousands of Sundanese-language books or about Sunda, thousands of image archives, sound recordings, and important documents have been circulated and become private collections.

“(These cultural archives) are predicted to be damaged or lost. Many are still able to be saved, but the condition is not good. This is what caused us to digitize, “said Prof. Ganjar. Prof. Ganjar think that this cultural heritage should be saved. At least, this action is one of the efforts to preserve the legacy of the Sundanese ancestors for the future. “If we don’t save it, we will lose a trace of civilization,” he added.

Digitalization efforts are carried out by scanning and converting. Various print media into digital formats. Likewise, sound recordings originating from tapes or vinyl records are simply converted into digital formats. All digital data is stored in one data center.

Prof. Ganjar explained, there are three important benefits of the digitalization of this Sundanese culture archive. The three important benefits are: being able to build a civilization based on culture, providing a
cultural chronology, and fostering literacy among society.

Later, the digital data of Sundanese culture can be accessed by all levels of society through a special site. At this moment, Prof. Ganjar and the team are developing a special site to display the data. Hopefully, in the future, this center can become a digital museum owned by Unpad.

The team incorporated in the Unpad Sundanese Digitalization Center and Cultural Development are Dr. Tedi Muhtadin, M.Hum., Drs. Abdul Hamid, M.Hum., Dr. Gani Ahmad Jaelani, DEA., as well as some other supporting staff.

Unpad Rector Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M.SIE., appreciated the establishment of this Sundanese Digitalization Center and Cultural Development. Through this digitization center, historical facts are well traced using digital technology.

“This is part of Unpad’s assets and must be preserved at any time,” the Rector said.

The digitalization approach is seen as effective, especially for the younger generation. With digital media, the younger generation is expected to know more about the rich Sundanese culture that may be physically difficult to find.

The Rector also hoped that various digital data on Sundanese culture could also be carried out with internationalization. “I think we need to express the values of good history to the international world,” the Rector said. *

Report by Arief Maulana