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NUS Libraries Digital Scholarship (DS) Projects

Key Pre-Independence Malay Periodicals in Singapore

By Nur Diyana (Assistant Librarian in Area studies, Humanities and Social Science) and Digital Scholarship Team, NUS Libraries


This project aims to highlight vernacular Malay periodicals published in Singapore towards the end of the nineteenth and during the first part of the twentieth century, up to the onset of independence in the Malay Archipelago. Individuals inextricably linked to these periodicals will be illuminated. Materials pertaining to these individuals, periodicals and their other writings within NUS Libraries’ collection will be showcased. The projects offers a brief history of Malay publishing is outlined up to the genesis of these periodicals.

The website offers a summary and review of 10 key newspapers, 9 key individuals who are linked to these periodicals and shows an interactive network graph that depicts the relationship between the key pre-independence Malay periodicals and key individuals. The project utilized NUS Libraries' Digital Scholarship portal, Gephi to create the network graphs, and Mapbox to depict the authors' biographies.

To learn more about the key individuals and periodicals, click here.

Read more about this project at our library blogpost here.