So, some of you have asked about this, and what follows is my answer:
There used to be an official list, as I wrote in my old project update in 2011, but that website went down a few years ago. (We even had a draft application for B:Read, intended for association registration, but that draft went down with the website :/ )
In recent years, due to the aforementioned project update post, I’ve gotten a few enquiries from people looking for such a list.
Until the Registrar of Societies (ROS) rebuilds their website again, your only option may be this:
Serious about researching societies and associations? This is what you should do:
Contact the Registrar of Societies.
(Kindly check with the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) for latest contact details if these are out of date.)
I couldn’t find an actual page on the RBPF website regarding the ROS, but here are some ROS-related lists and documents that you can find there:
Lists that I’ve compiled
Otherwise, if you’re still here, I can direct to you to my own project which I last updated in 2011: The intuitively-named ‘dir.proj’, or later ‘Clubs BN’.
What is this project? Well, back in the day, I wanted to compile a list of Brunei associations myself, especially with links to their websites and social media accounts. You can find out more about it in my other posts:
By the way, an important caveat about this project – it’s not just a list of registered associations, but also student clubs, hobby groups, and online communities, i.e. informal groups. (And yes, it was a lot easier in 2009 to try and compile a master list of these!)
Those of you who only want a list of registered societies should contact the ROS as above, instead of relying on my lists.
Back to the project: I’ve dragged it through many forms and digital forms. It’s been a list of bookmarks. It’s been a wiki. In its latest reincarnation, it’s a database.
I’ve kinda never given up on it, but I also never quite gave myself time to properly work on it. Frankly, that’s why it’s such a mess.
In its current form, the project exists in two forms:
- Bookmarks: My list of links, compiled on Pinboard.
- Database: My database, based on the above Pinboard list, undergoing restructuring. Still very much a ‘Work In Progress’.
More about the two compilations below.
These links are pretty old, circa 2009-2011. Some of the tags have been updated, but the list is not meant to be functional in current times, as there are a lot of dead links.
What can you use it for, then?
If you are just looking for names of specific clubs or associations, and have some keywords available, the list may help.
To filter the list by tag:
- Visit the list.
- Go to the list of tags on the right side of the screen.
- Hover over one of the small ‘plus’ symbols on the right, and click it.
In this example below, the blue icon shows that I’m about to filter with the ‘belait’ tag.
To export the list: Instructions coming soon!
(If you are having issues viewing it, please open the link above instead)
Again, warning, this database is undergoing a restructuring effort. The data sits between my 2011 tagging sensibilities and more recent tags, and may be confusing.
This is intended to be a crowd-sourced project. Submissions are welcome – a complete database would not be possible without you, reader!
To export the database: Instructions coming soon!
Good luck! You can contact me if you have any questions about the above instructions, or about my projects 🙂