Digitalizing the scientist’s heritage: the case of the Nishimura project

Do Truong Giang, Head of Department of Information and International Cooperation, Institute of Imperial Citadel Studies & & Tran Van Quyen, Researcher, Thang Long University, Vietnam

Mr. Do Truong Giang is Head of Department of Information and International Cooperation, Institute of Imperial Citadel Studies – Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. He in charge of promoting the international cooperation in the field of archaeology and history of Vietnam, organizing international conference and seminar, constructing the database of Vietnam Imperial Citadels.


Mr. Tran Van Quyen is a researcher at Thang Long University in Hanoi. Quyen is interested in studying the issues related to the village heritages in central Vietnam and has been cooperated closely with Japanese scholars in constructing a database of pre-modern village documents in Thua Thien Hue province.



The late Dr.Nishimura Masanari was a Japanese archaeologist who spent many years researching and training in archeology in Vietnam until he died in 2013. In recognition of his significant achievements and scientific contributions and simultaneously spreading his intellectual legacy and research results, his colleagues and students have been conducting the Nishimura Project. Phase 1 of the project was implemented from 2013 to 2020. The primary outcome was the publication of some of Nishimura’s works, especially his outstanding research on the 9th-century Chau Tan Shipwreck off the water of Quang Ngai province. From 2021, Nishimura Project will begin phase 2 to digitize his entire scientific legacy, which we consider a kind of scientific, intellectual heritage. In phase 2, project members will aim to complete the database and post it all on the official website of the Nishimura Project. Some specific goals include digitizing the exhibits at Kim Lan Ceramic Museum (Hanoi) and Chau Tan Shipwreck (Quang Ngai province) and setting up virtual exhibitions of these collections; digitizing, classifying, and cataloging the published research works of Dr.Nishimura; digitizing photos, excavation diaries, field survey notes and drawings as well as incomplete research papers done by Nishimura himself at archaeological excavation sites. All of these digitized products will be put on the official website and are open to the public. The ultimate goal of this project is to widely publicize and spread the scientific research achievements of Dr.Nishimura.