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  • J Do
    Sep 12 6:08 AM
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      Subject: [vnnews-l] IT: Vietnam gov't backs project to digitize old

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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
      > said.
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