Inside the Digital Atlas

The Digital Atlas of Indonesian History has two physical components: a printed user guide and a companion DVD (the latter is the heart of the atlas). An additional resource is this website, which closely resembles the system that ‘drives’ the DVD – but with corrections, updates and other new material. The maps displayed on the public pages here are watermarked samples only, but this website also provides the means for registered owners of copies of the Digital Atlas to login and access an up-to-date and fully featured online edition of the atlas without needing to use the atlas DVD.

Like its printed predecessor, the Historical Atlas, the Digital Atlas consists of both text and maps. The text provides an analytical history of the archipelago, focussing on political, social and economic developments and concluding with a new chapter covering events since the fall of Suharto in 1998. The maps both illustrate the text and stand in their own right as encapsulations of diverse aspects of Indonesian history, from the location of archaeological sites and the distribution of languages, to political boundaries, economic data and election results. To the 327 maps of the Historical Atlas have been added another 160 maps, bringing the total for the Digital Atlas to 487 maps.

For a fuller description of the DVD’s contents, click here.

In addition, the atlas offers printable base maps of Indonesia and Southeast Asia that users may freely adapt for their own use, scanned images from Van Gelder’s Schoolatlas van Nederlandsch Oost-IndiĆ« and stable links to a selection of historical maps of the Indonesian archipelago that are available online.