Visiting Lecturer: Steps in the Process of Digitizing Written Documents

Library and Information Science Study Program, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Unpad, in collaboration with the Sundanese Literature Study Program, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Unpad, held a public lecture entitled “Steps in the Process of Digitizing Written Documents” on Tuesday (03/10/2023). This public lecture was connected to the Digital Heritage Management Course, material on Ancient Manuscripts as Material Cultural Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia.

This public lecture was presented by Dr. Drs. Undang Ahmad Darsa, M.Hum., lecturer in Sundanese Literature, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Padjadjaran. According to him, there are at least five steps in digitizing ancient manuscripts, including preservation, conservation, identification, digitization, and cataloging. AIt The first step is known as preservation. Preservation is arranging the parts to complete and preserve an object. The next step is conservation, an action towards repairing and protecting an object. Then, there is the identification step, which is an attempt to describe the aspects of an object based on its unique characteristics. Digitalization is an effort to preserve an object by converting electronic media into audio-visual form. He also said that, for example, by just using a cellphone, digitization of ancient manuscripts can still be done. The final step is cataloging, which is the process of recording a certain group of objects based on the identity of their distinctive characteristics by recording manuscript descriptions.

Even so, researchers still need to face challenges in carrying out digitalization. One of the significant obstacles is that information managers do not hold the manuscripts to be cataloged, so the cataloging process is difficult to carry out. Therefore, synergy is needed between actors digitizing ancient manuscripts and related parties. All activities to digitize written documents are carried out to pass the manuscripts on correctly to the next generation. Hopefully, that this public lecture will foster students’ awareness of the importance of ancient manuscripts. (Nasha Nur Zhafarina, Yasyfi Shofiyyah, Davina Grahita, Rafi Helmi Rabani, Delaneira Arselie, Najwa Auliana, Malva Sahlia).

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