HGIS Culture Subsidy for digitising Papua's legacy
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, Culture and Science
have awarded two hundred thousand euros to the Papua Cultural Legacy
Foundation (PACE). The foundation will use this subsidy to make
historical material and ethnographic art from the former Papua New
Guinea accessible in digital format. For the Dutch public, but especially
for students and pupils in the current Indonesian province of Papua.
Sjoerd Jaarsma of PACE explains that little material of historical
value has been preserved in Papua. 'Documents, utensils and art
in museums are no more than 25 years old. But there is a great deal
of material in the Netherlands. Many Dutch people worked in Papua
New Guinea in the fifties and sixties, and have photos, films and
utensils that they collected during that period. Institutions in
the Netherlands also have reports and other interesting documents.
We are attempting to inventory these items, to describe them and
make them digitally accessible.'
A web site will be created, initially in Dutch, to be followed
quickly by pages in Bahasa Indonesian and in English. Moreover,
the foundation will publish CD-roms to be used in combination with
the web site. The Internet is in wide use in Papua, but it is frequently
not very fast. Publishing video material on CD-roms will make it
easier for people to use these sources. The foundation hopes to
have a number of pages online at www.papuaergfoed.org
by next month. At the beginning of next year there will be a more
complete site, to be followed by the translations.
The Ministries of State of the two Ministries are collectively
responsible for the spending of the HGIS Cultural Resources. The
Dutch government makes these funds available to enable the international
culture policy to be implemented. The HGIS culture budget for 2003
is 11 million euros.
Jacinta de Moor