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Balinese WikiLontar

Balinese WikiLontar is a program to collect metadata and cataloging balinese palm-leaf manuscript in Bali to added more reference for Wikipedia, specially Wikidata. The metadata catalog for the manuscripts will include any manuscripts parameter with additional parameters which will collected on site, such as: dimensions, date created, date recreated, the authors/writers, number of pages, origins, coordinates, owners, genre, license, and their condition.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Yes we meet our goals, our goal is to create at least 500 balinese palm-leaf manuscripts metadata to Wikidata, Commons and additional Wikisource. Until now we already collected metadata from various genre and condition of palm-leaf manuscripts. Until finished project, 615 Balinese palm-leaf manuscripts we collected from 6 places. Which is at:

  • Jro Mangku House, Tojan, Klungkung, Bali, at December 27th, 2020.
  • Sugi Lanus, Wanagiri, Sukasada, Buleleng, Bali, at January 2-3rd, 2021 and January 12th, 2021.
  • Museum Semarajaya, Semarapura, Klungkung, Bali, at January 27-29th, 2021
  • Griya Kelodan Sawan, Sawan village, Sawan district, Buleleng, Bali, at February 5-7th, 2021
  • Griya Dauh Kemenuh, Sukawati district, Gianyar, Bali, at February 5-7th, 2021
  • Jro Mangku House, Sukawati district, Gianyar, Bali, at February 27-28th, 2021

Another places (2-4 places) is canceled due to restricted Covid-19 Pandemic in that areas (see:project schedule), but we managed to find another place for reschedule. Another difficulty we encountered was the difficulty in convincing palm-leaf manuscripts owners to share their metadata. We had to approach it for two months before this project started. Some palm-leaf manuscripts owners still consider their lontar sacred and should not be read by just anyone.


Please report on your original project targets.

The activity/project include:
Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Create 1 times online wikidata training for Balinese wikipedian community (5-8 persons). The Wikidata training already held at December 20th, 2020 which already supported by 8 community members.
Collect metadata and cataloging minimum 500 balinese palm-leaf manuscript which not yet identified in 8-10 houses. Collecting metadata and catalog for 617 balinese palm-leaf manuscript from 5 houses and 1 museum.
Create catalog tables and shared to Wikisource and Internet Archive. On Progress. All images already can seen in Commons Still ongoing schedule
Create 4 times online editathon. On Progress. First editathon March 17th, 2021. Second editathon scheduled April 4th, 2021. Still ongoing schedule

Anything else

Anything else you want to share about your project?