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May 23, 2010, 3:36:40 PM5/23/10
to Bandung Fe Institute NEWSLETTER
May 24th 2010

01. On Natural Disasters in Indonesia
02. Indonesian Cartograms for geo-visual-representation of data in
03. Choose your own batik motiffs and support research on batik:
introducing ACROBATIK!
04. BFI is now available in Facebook and Twitter!

01. On Natural Disasters in Indonesia
The beautiful and rich places in all over the Indonesian archipelago,
richness of energy and mineral sources as well the fertile soil land
has happened to be balanced with the risk of frequent natural
disasters. Especially in recent years, Indonesia has been “swarmed” by
disasters and too bad to recognize that many of them are not solely
the natural disasters. The mountains that made the land contour able
to be exploited by tourism can be somehow exploded into sudden harmful
volcanic materials, the movement of the plate tectonic could emerge
destructive earthquakes and even tsunamis, and the beautiful river
flowing could give the frightening floods. In only one year long of
2008, it is noted that 34,410 houses were down, mostly because of by
flood, and 243 were died, most of them (73) died because of land-

The graph based analysis is proposed to be the model to rooting out
disasters and their impacts in Indonesia. The integrative and
comprehensive view is needed analytically for the frequent occurrences
of disasters throughout the archipelago in order to back up the
disaster mitigation and recovery plan and policy. The proposal
includes the construction of the weighted digraph network model based
on causal diagram as well as methodology for the calculation of weight
from the source of data which is in the form of historical records and
notes. Ways to reading the visualization is also outlined by using the
eigen centrality measures.

A report entitled "Rooting out Problems Related to Disasters & Their
Mitigation and Recovery in Indonesia" has been published as BFI
Working Paper Series WP-1-2010. You might want to read the paper that
is now accessible online at:

An interactive visualization is also now accessible online at:

02.Indonesian Cartograms for geo-visual-representation of data in
Cartograms have always been an interesting data visualizations based
on geograophical map as it has been introduced in PNAS Publication
101 (20) by M. T. Gastner & M. E. J. Newman with paper entitled
"Diffusion-based Method for Producing Density-Equalizing Maps".
Cartograms have been interesting for its potential to the
instantaneous understanding related to the represented data. An
implementative models have been made for Indonesia data representation
with some modifications related to the enhancement in Indonesian
archipelagic geographical facts.

Now, an applet is available for you to create your own cartograms for
Indonesian data, be it nationally or provincially. Visit the website


input your own data, choose the data representative state, and then
generate for your own use. The paper in the institute related to the
IndoCartograms is still available:

Situngkir, H. (2007). "Peluang untuk Studi Kartografi Politik
Indonesia: Representasi Spasial Sistem Sosial Kompleks". BFI Working
Paper Series WPP2007. URL:

Mauludy, R. & Situngkir, H. (2007). "Menuju Perspektif Ekonofisika
untuk Posisi Strategis Ekonomi Indonesia di Kawasan Asia Pasifik". BFI
Working Paper Series WPR2007. URL:

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registration is free.

03. Choose your own batik motiffs and support research on batik:
introducing ACROBATIK!
Batik is one of Indonesian valuable traditional heritage holding great
deal of wisdom which is rooted substantially in its ornamentation and
harmonization, from its making process to the way people appreciate
it. It has been embedded and an unseparable fabric in the social and
cultural living of the people in Indonesia Archipelago.

While Batik is highly related to the traditional elements, physics is
science mostly associated to mathematical formulation and modern
technology. Both seem to be unrelated one another. Yet, researchers in
the institute has shown that physics can also be utlized to reveal the
unseen beauty of the traditional fabric. Even further, from the
research developed, it becomes possible to create new designs by
incorporating computational applications.

The institute is now supporting a creative economic agents, the
acroBatik as the only commercial line for the Physics of Batik. You
might want to contact the people at the acroBatik for discussions
related to how to make the visual characters of batik of your own,
your company, or even a community. Through the research of Physics of
Batik, acroBatik has presented high class modern batik to the world.


Feel free to browse their websites, and it is worth to note that any
orders you make for the acroBatik means a lot for the further research
unveiling interesting complex aspects of Indonesian traditional
heritages brought in the institute.

04. BFI is now available in Facebook and Twitter!
You can now be able to access and instantly receive any updates of
research by joining/liking the institute's official Facebook page at:


Feel free to receive interesting research results from status updates
as super-short summary from research finding conducted in the
institute. For your mobile convenience, you might also want to join
the institute official's twitter updates by following:


You can also post any of your interest or comment at the page above.
Feel free to follow us, and let us make it our better place and social

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