Yogyakarta, BRIN Public Relations. The integration of several large institutions in Indonesia such as the National Archaeological Research Center (Puslit Arkenas) and the Archaeological Center (Balar), the Treasure Center of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Language Center and the Language Office of the Language Development Agency, research on archeology, language, literature, and religion can be more developed. This was stated by Acting Head of Archeology, Language and Literature Research Organization (RO) BRIN Herry Jogaswara in the 30th Nusantara Epigraphy Discussion, Special Edition of Epigraphy-Archeology Collaboration organized by the Association of Indonesian Epigraphers (PAEI) of Yogyakarta chapter at the Ratu Boko Site, Special Region of Yogyakarta on Friday (25/3).

On this occasion, Herry introduced BRIN with its various activities. “I think epigraphy is one of fields that is closely related to several Research Centers at BRIN,” he said.

He emphasized the important function of BRIN as a research institution. “I think this is important. Previously people came to archeological centers (Balar) to ask for help to read inscriptions, identify findings, but now that Balar has been incorporated into a research institution, everyone focuses on research, starts to dig up data, analyses, and writes to make reputable scientific papers,” said Herry.

Then what about non-research services? “What if the community still needs it? You should not forget that there are still Cultural Heritage Conservation Centers (BPCB), Cultural Value Preservation Centers (BPNB) which may this year merge to become the Cultural Conservation Center (BPK). So later there will be that function. BRIN researchers are definitely ready to help,” he added.

Herry hopes that in the future there will be a lot of interactions in terms of research on Archeology, Language, and Literature. “We will build two Program Homes, namely the Archipelago Civilization Program Home and the National Identity Program Home. Later, when these Program Homes have been funded, they will be open to any researchers in the Archeology, Language, and Literature RO,” he affirmed.

According to him, all entities from universities can also collaborate with BRIN researchers. “In principle, when there is a call for proposal, this is a research activity that is cross-disciplinary,” added Herry.

For BRIN, universities and professional organizations are important collaboration partners. “Universities and professional organizations are our important partners in building research networks that involve stakeholders, because at BRIN research is an open source. Research is no longer only for BRIN people,” he explained.

In addition to research collaboration, BRIN has a public development program now in the process of knowledge production. “BRIN through a program called Talent Management and Local Knowledge Acquisition, invites anyone who has work papers, videos, and so on to be acquired,” explained Herry. According to him, acquisition in this context means that the copyright is purchased by BRIN and then it will become the public domain. The works will be distributed digitally, free of charge, and openly accessible. “I think the most relevant to Archeology, Language, and Literature as well as PAEI is  production of knowledge through acquisition of local knowledge,” he concluded.

Furthermore, challenges of research in the field of archeology in the future are very dynamic. Sofwan Noerwidi, Acting Head of BRIN’s Acheometry Research Center, said that archeology is a branch of archeology that uses scientific approaches such as geosciences, biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, and so forth to reconstruct past civilizations. “It is hoped that in the future archaeological research at BRIN can develop various approaches to find alternative solutions or respond to various archaeological problems, so that there is no stagnation in interpretation or reconstruction of Indonesian civilization history,” said Sofwan. (ksa mn)