I am pleased to inform you about our official launching of Access Indonesia website. The website is the principal output of a project jointly undertaken by University of Southern California (Los Angeles, United States) and Bandung Institute of Technology (Bandung, Indonesia). The project has
been sponsored by the United States Department of Education's Technological Information and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) program since October 2002. The main purpose of the project is to foster a fuller interdisciplinary understanding of Indonesia through a "one-stop website" (available both in English and in Bahasa Indonesia), which is designed for scholars,
students, international development practitioners, policymakers, and the business community
interested in Indonesia. As you may know, since the Asian financial crisis of 1997, this largest
Muslim country in the world has also been going through major political transitions. With our Access
Indonesia project website, we hope to keep you updated on Indonesia's transformation processes.
You can access our website from the following URL: http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~indo
The website is organized around six main sections:
(a) THEMES: This section provides information on five themes [Culture, Economy, Geography, History,
and Politics] related to Indonesia. Each theme page contains full-text documents (including
documents that are only accessible through our website), book and journal citations, and web-links.
There is also a summary section called "Indonesia at a Glance."
(b) NEWS INDO SECTION: It provides news briefs of current news from Indonesia (updated weekly on
(c) STAT INDO SECTION: It has statistical data on Indonesia both in excel and in html format
(gathered from Indonesian and international organizations).
(d) MAP INDO SECTION: It includes Web-GIS based thematic maps of Indonesia.
(e) SLIDE INDO SECTION: It includes photographs from selected Indonesian cities (e.g. Jakarta,
Bandung, Yogyakarta, Banjarmasin) and a private collection by a professional photographer from
(f) LEARNING TOOLKITS SECTION: It has one multiple choice quiz on different aspects of Indonesia and
two map exercises to locate Indonesian islands and cities.
We also have a SPECIAL TSUNAMI SECTION that focuses on the disaster recovery and rebuilding
processes in Aceh and North Sumatra, which were gravely affected by the recent Tsunami. We would be
expanding this section during the coming months. We will soon be adding a BUSINESS MANUAL SECTION
that may be of interest to those who would like to conduct business activities in or with Indonesia.
If you like to be informed about our activities and receive our weekly news summaries on Indonesia,
please subscribe to our DIALOGUE INDO email list from the website.
We hope that you find our Access Indonesia website helpful. We would appreciate your cooperation in
disseminating information about the website. Please feel free to write to us at email@example.com for any
comments or questions that you may have.
Dr. Koichi Mera
Director, Access Indonesia Project
School of Policy, Planning, and Development
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Access Indonesia Project
February 8, 2005