I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Indonesian National Bureau of Statistics has a decent website with a pretty good open data portal.

I was looking for the population timeseries of a particular town and couldn’t find it, but I did dig up a scanned version of the 1971 census, which you can find here. I’ve probably looked at more printed tables of demographic statistics than most people. When I worked at the CPE I scanned and entered many such reports from US cities in the period 1860-1930. It’s now close to trivial to convert this to another format using machine learning – how long until all such PDFs become obsolete?