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Bringing Indonesia's research to the world: Interview with Anton Lucanus, Neliti CEO

Indonesia · Feb 15, 2019· By Putu Agung Wija Putera

L: Co-founder Andrew Wrigley; R: Co-founder and CEO Anton Lucanus ©Neliti

The former biologist talks about online repositories and his vision for improving Indonesia's research culture

Neliti is an online repository for Indonesia-related research by local and foreign institutions. Nearly four years after its prototype was released, it now holds institutional repositories from over 700 academic institutions and close to 1,800 academic journals. Many of the articles and journals accessible on Neliti were previously only available offline or siloed in individual institutions' internal networks.


The platform houses a wide range of content, including articles, datasets, books, conference papers, and policy papers from think tanks and government bodies. They are available in Bahasa Indonesia or English, and include research published outside of Indonesia, from, for example, India, Ecuador and the US.


The company's CEO and co-founder, Anton Lucanus, is a former researcher who experienced firsthand the challenges of finding scientific literature in Indonesia and, conversely, how hard it can be to communicate important research to the relevant stakeholders. An Australian national, Lucanus is currently based in Jakarta. He met up with CompassList at the National Library of Indonesia, where he shared Neliti's story and his views on the local research climate.


This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


Edited by Bernice Tang

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