Digital Archive System at ANRI (DASA) is the name of the multi-year project that The Corts Foundation and the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI) conduct together in close collaboration, in order to digitally preserve and provide access to a selection of the Dutch East India Company records of the 17th and 18th century.
These records were formed during the time that the Dutch East India Company was a strong ruler in the region, with headquarters at Batavia. A large number of documents is made accessible at the website of Sejarah Nusantara at sejarah-nusantara.anri.go.id . The Corts Foundation and ANRI hope to serve scholars, as well as the general public, with detailed information of the early modern history of the archipelago.
The project officially started on 18 May 2011 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between The Corts Foundation and ANRI in Jakarta. Members of both boards were present in an official meeting to sign the MoU. A second memorandum of Understanding for the years 2014-2017 was signed in October 2014.
The Digital Archive System will be developed according to international archival standards and methods for digitization, like OAIS, EAD, ISAD, and Metamorfoze. This ensures that these important archives are digitally sustainable for the present and future generations of Indonesia and The Netherlands, in particular.
The project is managed by a Program Board with members of the boards of both The Corts Foundation and the Arsip Nasional Republik Indonesia (ANRI). The Program Board meets several times a year to discuss the status of the project and issues program directions. Daily project operations are conducted by the General Representative of The Corts Foundation in Indonesia. An Advisory Board consisting of academics of Indonesian Universities advises and cooperates with project activities.
DASA is a multi-discipline project, as archivists, as well as scientists (historians), and technicians (IT-specialists, scan specialists) work together in achieving the digitization and digital storage of archival information.
At the moment two high volume bookscanners are in operation to scan the Resolution Books of Batavia. We already scanned more than 84.648 transcribed pages of the Dagh- Registers of Batavia Castle. These first deliverables were presented online at the launching of the DASA website on September 26 2013 at the international archivist SARBICA conference in Bandung, Indonesia.
In 2014 we digitalized the original Minutes of the Supreme Government in Batavia Castle (211.000 digital images) which later this year will be published online. After finishing the digitization of these Resolution Books, the next series are logically the Appendices to the Minutes. Access to this series will complete the administrative and historical context of decision making by the High Government. We will address these "Appendices to the Resolution Books', Digitization and Online Publication of VOC archival series inv.no. 1196-1957" with co- funding of "Christiaan G. van Anrooij Fonds", "Engelbert van Bevervoorde-Van Heyst Fonds" in cooperation with "Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds" in Amsterdam.
In 2014 we realised with budget of Dutch Culture in Amsterdam, VOC Caemer Die Haghe and the Dutch embassy in Jakarta the project Diplomatic Letters VOC. A publication of unique correspondence between local rulers and kings and the High Government, as recorded in the Daily Journals of the Castle of Batavia between 1682 and 1743.
In the first quarters of 2015 we will realise a project "European Diplomacy in Asia". This concerns research, digitization and online publication of Asian diplomatic letters to and from the High Government at the Castle of Batavia, between 1624 and 1807. This project will be co- funded too by "Christiaan G. van Anrooij Fonds", "Engelbert van Bevervoorde-Van Heyst Fonds" in cooperation with "Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds" in Amsterdam.
In 2015 we intend to realise with funding of the Dutch embassy in Bangkok a project concerning the
"Royal Correspondence of the Kingdom of Siam with the Supreme Government of the Dutch United East India Company (VOC) in Batavia Castle 1634-1765".
This website www.sejarah-nusantara.anri.go.id is the world only online publication of scanned VOC folio on the internet. Development and enhancement of this website will continue in the next coming years.
If you are interested in more detailed information on this project, please contact Joan Snellen van Vollenhoven of The Corts Foundation.