SOI Asia-Keio visits ITC Cambodia to digitize cultural heritage

  • SOI Asia-Keio representatives, Goki Miyakita and Eliko Akashi, visited Cambodia from April 4-6, 2024, to collaborate with SOI Asia-ITC members on a project.
  • Discussions with Mr. Huot Samnang from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts centered on digitization strategies for preserving Cambodia’s cultural heritage.
  • The visit included a tour of the Cambodia National Museum, offering insights into the historical and cultural significance of the artifacts.

SOI Asia-Keio representatives, Goki Miyakita and Eliko Akashi, embarked on a journey to Cambodia from April 4 to April 6, 2024, to meet with their counterparts at SOI Asia-ITC: Samnang Khiev and Sieng Chamroeun.

Their main objective during this visit was to cultivate collaboration and cooperation for the ‘Community-Centric Open Science Infrastructure for Digital Humanities in the Asia-Pacific’ project.

At the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts

Throughout the visit, SOI Asia had the privilege of engaging in discussions with Mr. Huot Samnang and his esteemed team from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The dialogue delved into Cambodia’s historical artifacts, stressing the importance of digitization and proposing practical preservation strategies. Mr. Huot’s insights illuminated the challenges facing Cambodia’s cultural heritage and highlighted the need to safeguard it for future generations. Together, they explored the potential of digitization in preserving these treasures and ensuring broader accessibility.

Cambodia National Museum

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Post-meeting, Mr. Huot graciously invited them to tour the Cambodia National Museum, where he had previously worked. During the tour, Mr. Huot passionately shared the stories behind the artifacts, emphasizing their profound historical and cultural significance. These interactions served to underscore the critical importance of future collaborations in protecting the cultural heritage of the Asia-Pacific region.


Cassie Gong

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