some personal projects

I've stopped maintaining PublicArt.SG, the database of the art in Singapore's public spaces that I had maintained from 2001 to 2015. The listings from that website can however be downloaded in csv format, I've put them into the public domain (to the extent I can). I'm also still running the PublicArtSg Twitter feed. I also maintained a public art blog from end of 2002 to 2008.

The Literary Festivals Web Log
Started this blog after coming back from something grandly called the Asia-Pacific Literary Festival Directors meeting, in May 2005... I went because, for my sins, I had accepted to serve as the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Singapore Writers Festival 2005. Used this blog to learn more about the fascinating world of literary festivals. Festivals are under-resourced and dependent on the hard work of dedicated people, so I thought a blog could be a good way to link up together. [11/05 update: took a break from this - but am still on the Committee of Singapore Writer's Festival and am always happy to discuss]

Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-Lu
One of my favorite projects while at Singapore University Press / NUS Publishing. An online, searchable database of all references to Southeast Asia in the Ming Encyclopedia, translated to English by Geoff Wade. This is an index and translation of relevant elements of perhaps the single most important primary source for Ming history. Browse by year, by reign date, or search for particular place names or terms.

Singapore University Press
Well, I guess I should put this in projects... This was my job from May 2002 to September 2005, looking after the scholarly publishing unit of NUS. The site was put together with BBEdit, Filemaker Pro to hold all the book data, and WebMerge, to push the database info into html templates created in BBEdit. Simple non-dynamic CMS circa 2002!

The Southeast Asian ArtFile
In late 1996 and early 1997 I maintained the Southeast Asian artfile, a site which tracked Southeast Asian art as it appeared on the web. I mostly aggregated to other sites, and posted news articles from sites that did not archive. I have not updated the site since 1997, but I believe it is still a useful concept. Many dead links I am afraid... apologies...

A photo essay by Rio Helmi, dedicated to Bali's most ancient theatrical art, Gambuh. This is ancient history, you should go to Rio's excellent site at

Singapore Knowledge Net
In 1996 I helped conceptualize and the launch this site, which became Singapore's leading history website. It was produced by KnowledgeNet Pte Ltd in cooperation with the Singapore National Archives, and was an early attempt to build an online encyclopedia of Singapore heritage information. Need to do some retreival on an ancient server to bring this back to life.

The Indonesian Heritage Series
In 1994 and 1995 I helped conceptualize, plan and commission the Indonesian Heritage Series, a 10-volume series of richly-illustrated books aimed at capturing the diversity of Indonesia's rich natural and cultural heritage. The project involved very interesting collaboration with a large number of the world's top experts on Indonesia, and with photographers and illustrators across Asia. A website was developed by of Jakarta, Indonesia, and was a very useful attempt to create a web version of the book series. Looks like the site is down, so I've taken down the link. Here is a very simple site that I created when we launched the book series. People are still linking to the Rafflesia and swidden agriculture pages.

The Agung Rai Museum of Art
A simple brochureware site I created for the Agung Rai Museum of Art in Peliatan, Ubud, Bali way back in 1995. Still gets some traffic...