Indonesian Heritage Inventory, a New Way to Access Intangible Heritage

Abstract for NODEM 2012 Hong Kong

Topic: Innovative ways of accessing intangible heritage resources

Prepared & presented by: Adriani Zulivan & Elanto Wijoyono

Recently, Indonesia became one of countries that experienced a boom in the use of social/networking media. Facebook and Twitter users in Indonesia are always in the top ranking of the world. The largest number of social media consumers in Indonesia is found among young people. This phenomenon allowed for the emergence of citizen journalism that, consciously or not, represents a new model of documentation by the public, known as crowd-sourcing.

Public in Indonesia is already familiar with database crowd-sourcing, not only for collecting information, but also for managing public campaign and people action. Facebook to fight against corruption, challenge laws that do not served people’s justice, and help disaster victims.

There are many groups of social media users that share information about cultural heritage. When someone visits a cultural heritage site, he or she would typically take a picture of himself with the heritage site as the background. Then he or she will upload it to the social media, then write a complete description about the visited site. This is a first step to preserves cultural heritage.

Is this enough then to be called as database system? Not yet! One place is needed to provide all the information about Indonesian heritage. The system managed by the Indonesian government and some other institutions does not seem to be yet ready for this task, both in terms of infrastructure and in terms of human resources. Each department has their own central database, but it is not integrated and not easily accessible to the public. This is the reason why crowd-sourcing is needed.

Since January 2012, there is an initiative to build a database system in Indonesia, called Indonesian Heritage Inventory (IHI – IHI records information as texts, maps, ictures and videos. IHI system is dynamic allowing everyone to use and/or add information.

Key words: Social media, crowd-sourcing, citizen journalist, Indonesian heritage.

This abstract has been submitted to NODEM 2012 Hong Kong. The poster presentation will be presented on the Wednesday, Dec 5. (

  • Adriani Zulivan – adrianizulivan[at]; @adrianizulivan

Social media enthusiast who loves Indonesian heritage. Her study background on Social Development interact her to cultural and social life. She travels to many places in Indonesia and write her travel story in her personal blog. She manages several numbers of social media accounts of organizations and community organizations devoted to social activism. Since 2010, she was one of the administrator of @jalinmerapi, a local initiative of social media use to support disaster risk reduction in the volcanic eruption of Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia. Nowadays, this system is being a model of the use of social media and information technology for disaster risk reduction at the national level. Together with Elanto Wijoyono, in the beginning of 2012, she builds Indonesian Heritage Inventory (IHI –, an initiative to optimise the use of social media as a function of data collecting and information processing about the latest situation of Indonesian heritage.

  • Elanto Wijoyono – joeyakarta[at], joyo[at]; @joeyakarta

Heritage conservation activist who interested in information and knowledge management. His background on Archaeology became the reason for him to join the Indonesian Heritage Trust ( Since 2008 he has been managing several program on heritage management, e.g. Heritage Education Program and the development of Indonesian Heritage Database and Information Systems. His experiences with Green Map, a global network of social mapping (, since 2004 encourage him to connect the potentiality of information management systems and community development. As the National Coordinator of Peta Hijau (Green Map Indonesia – in 2006 – 2010, he facilitated several workshops and projects all around Indonesia. He putted a basis for this movement in Indonesia on combining the information management and community development. He continues this activities in his work with COMBINE Resource Institution / CRI ( since 2005. He has responsibility to develop an information systems for asset-based community development, especially for the community in the rural area. He has been managing the development and implementation of Village Information Systems Program since 2009 ( In the beginning of 2012, in collaboration with Adriani Zulivan, he started to release the information systems for endangered and preserved heritage report called Indonesian Heritage Inventory ( This is an open initiative for anyone who has awareness on Indonesian heritage conservation supported with the utilization of information technology, such as social networking media.


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