When was the last time you visited a museum or a historical site to learn about our country’s history? The younger generation nowadays prefer to use their computer or smartphone more than anything else. This is why this university is trying to turn Johor’s history into an interactive experience.
In a news report by The Star, a university in Johor is trying to digitalise historical, cultural and artistic resources in Johor through an effort known as the Research and Innovation in Culture and Heritage of Johor (Richer).
According to Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) board of directors chairman, Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ahmad, the initiative is being carried out by the university through its Tunku Tun Aminah Library.
The university would create a central digital site that contains images, videos, newspaper articles, and other data. He continued by saying that anyone who was interested in Johor’s history, culture, or arts could get factual information by simply surfing the web using a smartphone app.
We will also display historical resources with the use of technological animation, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and a virtual tour to attract the younger generation.
For a start, Richer will emphasise three projects, namely Gambus, the Parit Sulong battle, and the history of iron ore mining in Sri Medan.
Apart from that, UTHM will also open a public gallery in connection with Richer at the library.Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, board of directors chairman, Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ahmad
In addition to working with UTHM, the Richer initiative also incorporates the National Archives of Malaysia (ANM), the Malaysian Museum Department, and a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
He believes this project would help Johor and benefit it, especially historical researchers, and they are also planning to create “Projek Laman Web Peta Johor”.
He stated that the goal of this initiative is to modernise Johor’s heritage research in accordance with the advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).