Vietnam/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

The Government of Vietnam had devised national projects and programmes toward the development of information technology infrastructure and wide application of IT in state agencies, creating a basis for development of e-government and raising labour productivity, as well as reducing operational costs. Vietnam has taken strong measures to implement administrative reform and modernisation of government agencies in order to build an e-government more effectively. Recently, the government has issued policies to apply the information technology in state agencies, which has gained the initial results in developing an e-government in the new period.

Most of ministries, the provincial people’s committees and cities have made efforts to fulfil the assigned tasks in applying IT to improve the efficiency of state agencies’ operations, implementing administrative reform and setting up a useful information portal for people and businesses.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has set up a Centre for Information and Technology (CINET). This Centre aims to acquire and apply new technology in gathering, processing, exchanging and managing information by computer in order to serve the management and co-ordination work of the Ministry; to develop new overall plans in the field of culture and information; to build a national database on culture and information with a view to serve the requirements of Vietnamese society; and to acquire and apply both foreign and Vietnamese software in information activities and to transfer this to other organisations. CINET is directly responsible for the management of the Ministry of Culture’s server and website.

On 17–18 April 2012, the sixteenth SEAPAVAA Conference was held in Hồ Chí Minh City (Vietnam), which delved into the concerns and challenges faced by archives today as we respond to rapid developments in digital preservation technology. As archives evolve into digital ones, the conference theme of Creating, Funding, Protecting a Digital AV Archive is both relevant and timely.

Private sector has also paid attention to new technologies and digitisation in the arts and culture. For example, since 2010, Asia Arts Archive (AAA)—a non-profit organisation and registered charity in Hong Kong—has collaborated with Vietnam’s Saigon-based independent art space, sàn art, to digitise the organisational files of Blue Space Contemporary Arts Centre, which documents the exhibitions and art projects organised and curated at the Centre from the early 1990s until the present. Over 400 exhibition photographs, clippings, invitations and other ephemera have been digitised

Chapter published: 30-11-2013