Nusantara (or archipelago, In English) is believed by the majority of Indonesians as a diction that has a broad meaning. Historically, not only there have been those who believed that the region covered almost all of Southeast Asia, but that it also had deep philosophical values. The archipelago seems to be a mirror of various cultures that have taken root and formed the nation’s character for thousands of years. The diversity of cultures has become a truly priceless wealth and has merged into the hope within the framework of unity.
Nusantara Online is a movement that seeks to bring Nusantara’s cultural treasures into the digital world. This movement has a mission to preserve, develop and empower the cultural potential of the archipelago so that they can remain present in the era of increasingly rapid digital technology advancement.
There are three time periods that are being targeted by the Nusantara Online movement, namely the past (historical), the present, and the future. The past or history is a legacy that we have received from the efforts of the ancestors of the Archipelago. Therefore, all forms of cultural wealth that have been inherited from the past should be cared for, maintained, interpreted and contextualized in the present. At the present time, the culture of the archipelago is very dynamic. The elements of the local identity of the archipelago have mingled with the global identity, therefore an effort is needed to reinforce local identity in the global realm so that it does not fade and be uprooted from its cultural roots. The future is a necessity, so it takes an effort to prepare the cultural baton from the present for future generations.
These three things are all a big challenge, but they become our motivation for the Nusantara Online movement. With the rapid advancement of digital information technology today, it opens up more opportunities in the effort to preserve, develop, and empower the cultural potential of the archipelago.
The focus of the activities of the Nusantara Online movement in the early stages is exploring the historical elements of Nusantara culture. The process includes documentation using digitization method, exhibitions, history-based game development, discussions (webinar), and other activities. By gathering various cultures of the archipelago into a Big Data, of course, it can be processed into various things whose benefits can be felt by the wider community. These activities became the starting point in identifying and reintroducing the cultural historical treasures of the archipelago.
Disclaimer: Unlike many others, this movement has no billionaire owner. Just the determination and passion to deliver high-impact cultural awareness, always free from political influence.