SEAD Abstract from Indonesia; Art, Science and Agriculture

Here is our first SEAD White Paper from Indonesia

The emphasis on agriculture is of note- are there any readers
involved in art science projects related to agriculture ?

Also- if you look at SEAD abstracts

We still have a very biased selection of SEAD white papers= none
from africa or the middle east- we are accepting late abstracts from
these regions

Abstract on Jogja River Project by 

Local creative communities activities are growing rapidly in Indonesia. These communities are active in
various fields, ranging from the focus on arts, science, technology, education etc. The growth of creative
communities is increasing significantly in urban areas which have better infrastructure and advanced information
system, which could give the local creative community to evolve toward a higher level of professionalism.
Yogyakarta as an example is a student city with more than 102 institutions of higher education, a province
which has the largest number of institutions of higher education in Indonesia. Located in the center of the island
of Java, Yogyakarta is one of the centers of education, arts and culture in Indonesia. Strategic geographic position
, high quality education and affordable living cost have made Yogyakarta as one of the top destination for students
from all over Indonesia to seek education. By these backgrounds, Yogyakarta currently have remarkable
creative communities consist of young people from various ethnicities and cultures. Within the extent of these
scope, the creative communities that have emerged also consists of a multidisciplinary youth as their members.

A large number of creative communities and its’ activities in Yogyakarta often leads to inter-community
connections between one another. Several different communities have collaborate and work together in an
activities, each contributing accordingly to their functions and focus. From the development of various communities,
many new initiatives were build by such interactions, the effort to collaborate with communities from different
disciplines to achieve a wider and complex goal through one collaborative actions. These was the main
background of lifepatch activities in creating collaborations with the creative communities in Yogyakarta.

One of the result from the collaboration is a project called Jogja River Project (JRP) which started in April 2011.
Lifepatch conducted a collaboration with a community of scientist from the microbiology laboratory of agriculture
faculty UGM Yogyakarta. The main focus is to measure water condition by collecting water samples from Code River,
the main river of Yogyakarta city.
The samples were used to analyze Coliform bacterial pollution which have increased significantly due to the rapid
development of riverbank settlements in urban areas. The citizen choose to dispose household waste water directly
to the river, which made most of the housing in the riverbanks are not equipped with proper sanitation.
The project was then expanded with the collaboration with Cantigi community to create a visual documentation
of Code River areas.

In 2012, JRP were conducted in 2 other river of Yogyakarta, Winanga River and Gajahwong River.
Unlike the first project, JRP
2012 were open for participation from other people and communities. The result was an expanded range
of activities from the main focus mentioned above. While gathering water samples and collecting visual documentations,
participant of JRP also cleaning the river basin area from non-organic waste, mapping of natural resources,
listing inventory vegetation and animals in the watershed and independent water resource empowerment mapping.
In 2 activities, JRP 2012 have attracted more than 70 personals from more 15 communities which acted based on
voluntarily to conduct activities that benefited the local society.

With these project, lifepatch would like to expand the collaboration with international communities with two
main objective of
the collaboration. First is to create a representative online site of local potentials in 3 riverbanks of Yogyakarta.
The focus of the collaboration is to process previous gathered materials and gathered more field data obtained
in 2013 as a comparison to the data in 2012. The data will be compiled and presented in a location based
interactive online site which can be used by the
local citizen. The second objective is to analyze coliform pollution issue in the 3 main rivers of Yogyakarta.
Lifepatch would like to collaborate with international communities in developing an affordable waste water
sanitation and water purification installation by utilizing local materials in Yogyakarta. These installation
would be very useful for the society in riverbanks area since most of the housing lacked on adequate
sanitation and filtration facilities. Lifepatch believe that JRP could facilitate such collaboration to harness
the local potential and offers a solution to the local issue with interdisciplinary practice and approach.


URL JRP: (indonesian) | (english google translated):



lifepatch – citizen initiative in art, science and technology | | |


This just came in from eugenio tisseli:

Eugenio Tisselli Vélez
Hi Roger,

I just saw that you published a call for projects about art, science and agriculture. Maybe our project, Sauti ya wakulima (The voice of the farmers in Kiswahili) might be of interest. In short, Sauti ya wakulima enables farmers to create a collaborative knowledge base about agriculture using mobile phones and a web page. Please take a look if you find it interesting:

If you want to learn a bit more, please read this article I wrote about the project:

Best wishes,


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