8Fw: [vnnews-l] IT: Vietnam gov't backs project to digitize old texts
- Sep 12, 2001
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> Copyright 2001 Kyodo News Service
> Japan Economic Newswire
> September 11, 2001 Tuesday
> HEADLINE: Vietnam gov't backs project to digitize old texts
> DATELINE: HANOI, Sept. 11
> The Vietnamese government is backing an exciting project to
> thousands of old Vietnamese texts onto CD-ROM, an undertaking
> generating interest among Japanese and Chinese researchers.
> The government has pledged 500 million dong (about $33,000) to the
> Han-nom Institute in Hanoi, which houses a vast collection of some
> 50,000 documents and inscriptions written in Chinese characters and
> 'chu nom,' the former vernacular script. Chu nom, a unique writing
> system based on Chinese characters, is believed to have originated
> the 10th century. It went on to be widely used by the masses until
> 17th century advent of the modern roman-style script.
> Fearing loss and destruction of the rare texts, the Japanese
> government previously donated about 50 million yen to fund their
> preservation on microfilm.
> However, digitizing the materials onto CD-ROM will allow far
> access and search capabilities.
> Makoto Mayanagi, a professor at Ibaraki University in Japan who
> visited the institute to search for old medical texts, said the
> collection contains a wealth of valuable books.
> Niu Junkai, an instructor at Zhongshan University in China's
> Province researching late Ming-dynasty documents, pointed out that
> Vietnam may need the assistance of foreign researchers familiar
> Chinese characters.
> 'Because romanization has come to be so widely used in Vietnam,
> writing Chinese characters appears difficult (for Vietnamese),' Niu
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