Scientific Talk: Local Wisdom Document for Disaster Mitigation

The Faculty of Communication Sciences, Unpad, in collaboration with the Indonesian Karya Study of Documentation (KSKI), an institution consisting of practitioners, lecturers, and observers of documentation activities, Local Wisdom Documentation for Disaster Mitigation Literacy on Friday (08/09/2023) at the Fikom Unpad Graduate Auditorium. There were two sources at this event: Prof. Ninis Agustini Damayani, M.Lib, lecturer at the Library Study and Information Science Program of the Faculty of Communications Sciences, and Blasius Sudarsono, MLS, founder of KSKI. The event was hosted by Dr. Agus Rusmana, M.A., Library and Information Science Fikom Unpad lecturer. The event was attended by the Chairman of KSKI, Deputy Dean 1, Academic Managers, Students and Alumni, Head of the Center for Environmental Communication Studies, Chairman of the Faculty Library and Information Science Study Program, and invitations from various libraries and library and information science studies programs in Bandung city. To broaden their knowledge, Fikom Unpad Library and Information Science Program students also attended.

In her presentation about “Local Wisdom as a Document on Disaster Mitigation Literacy: A Case Study in Pangandaran Regency,” Prof. Ninis states that local wisdom documents are records or noted that record and document various aspects of local wisdom aimed at preserving, preserving, and respecting the cultural heritage and knowledge held by a community or community group. It is said that the local wisdom documents for disaster mitigation in Pangandaran Regency are still intangible, like the collection of Poetry containing verbal advice, the Badud Art Tradition, and the Sea Manning Tradition. These documents are interpreted and believed by the local community traditionally as a way to identify, prevent, and deal with disasters. Furthermore, Mr. Blasius, as the second speaker, delivered a description of responding to the presentation from Prof. Nini discussing the documentation of local wisdom on disasters through the view of the New Documentary Science (IDB).

In his response, Mr. Blasius stated that IDB, as a new science, is doing many things to be accepted by the academic community and the general public as one of the fundamental sciences in Indonesia.   In short, He conveyed what IDB means, how it looks, and what IDB exists for. This description aims to establish an interrelation between Communication Science and New Documentation Science. The early history of documentation in Indonesia began with the creation of a documentation axiom stating, “In the beginning, it was the will of man to express what he thought and/or felt,” which later produced several works of Mr. Blasius’s book and the formation of KSKI. He used this axiom as an axiom of “documentary theory and activity” (documentary). At the end of his response, Mr. Blasius summarized the description that documentation is a cyclical process that is a step in the creation of knowledge and/or science that explicitly expresses understanding. Then he said that documentation is a simulation of brain work that is a function of the brain. It is a must-have for everyone where documentation is the course of human life, culture, and the environment. Finally, documentation was conveyed as processes, products (objects), and science.

In the Q&A session, the department found that many documents regarding disasters are separate records in the relevant institution and are still oral statements and rituals of local art traditions. Documentation created in the past remains relevant to current conditions and can still serve as a disaster prevention and response guideline.

The documentation scientific talk can be accessed on the Fikom Unpad and Divia TV Unpad Youtube channels for more information.

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