This is mine!

A friend (Ilham Akhsanu Ridlo) shared this Free Coursera Science Literacy Course from University of Alberta. Here’s just one interesting part I found when joining the course.

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The course featured an interview with two indigenous people about what are their thoughts about science, how traditional science could understand modern science, and how the indigenous community actually also observe science and observe life as a whole system. In one segment in the video one of the indigenous people mentioned this.

They’ll send a biologist in catch him, catch and release and say yea, Yolo, this is what I found.

There’s also a non-indigenous scientists going out into the indigenous community, and asking questions about indigenous knowledge, or indigenous science, indigenous wisdom. But then when they collect the information, they take it back to the institution, sometimes he copyright it.

So where’s the intellectual property right? Lie with who does it lie with, to me is the indigenous community because we’re a collectivity. It’s a collective knowledge, system we live with. It’s not an individual thing.

Not like a scientist, right? This is mine, mine went and found this, you know somehow.

The problem of “mining” (a habit to claiming anything as mine) brings me back to a famous sticker from a big mining company. The quote on the sticker was “What isn’t grown is mine(d)”. That quote was meant to be a funny version of “what isn’t grown then it must be mined”, another very popular quite in mining industry/society.
The “funny” sticker was so famous that we still can trace it now. Visit this ad.

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My current focus is how to provide the hydrostratigraphy of volcanic aquifers in Bandung area. The research is based on environmental isotope measurement in groundwater and morphometry. My work consists of hydrochemical measurements. I am using multivariate statistical methods to provides more quantitative foundation for the analysis and more insight into the groundwater behavior, especially its interaction with surface water. I use open source apps like R and Python to do the job. In my spare time, I also have a side project to promote open science in Indonesia's research workflow. One of my current focus is promoting INARxiv, as the first preprint server of Indonesia ( and serving as ORCID and OSF ( ambassador. Research interest: Hydrochemistry, multivariate analysis, and R programming. Blog:, (