Technology a larger part of museum artifact management

Many museums in Vietnam have begun to leverage information technology to digitise and manage artifacts to better display, as well as serve conservation, education and promotion of cultural items.

Numerous challenges in preservation and conservation of artifacts within the museum system demand scientific and practical solutions. It can be said that digital technology has contributed to changing its approach to cultural heritage conservation and promotion of cultural values.

Nguyen Anh Minh, Director of the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, said preventive conservation to prolong the lifespan of artifacts and effective artifact management are critically important tasks for every museum. Artifact management, digitisation, and documentation are fundamental activities that ensure a museum operates efficiently.

According to Truong Nguyen Nguyen Kha, the head of the Professional Affairs at the Danang Fine Arts Museum, for effective inventory work, especially in the era of digital technology, museums need to invest in specialised equipment to assist in sorting and storing artifacts in warehouses and exhibition areas.

According to Truong Nguyen Nguyen Kha, the head of the professional affairs at the Danang Fine Arts Museum, for effective inventory work, especially in the era of digital technology, museums need to invest in specialised equipment to assist in sorting and storing artifacts in warehouses and exhibition areas.

Simultaneously, the digitisation of artifacts and the development of user-friendly software tailored to the needs of fine art museums are essential. This facilitates the data entry, review, search, and management of museum artifacts in a more scientific manner.

Sharing a similar perspective, Dinh Thi Hoai Trai, Director of Hue Fine Arts Museum, noted that museums should prioritise the application of modern technology in conservation. They should focus on the development of centralised data management strategies for inventory, preservation, research and exhibition activities.

Digitally controlled thermal and humidity sensors and night observation devices are useful for controlling display environments and security to prevent artifact theft./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

NM titles, FIDE rating points up for grab in PH chess tourney

National Master (NM) titles, norms and FIDE rating points will be staked in the Philippine National Amateur Championships in Tagaytay City from Oct. 6 to 8. Around 200 of the country’s titled players as well as young master aspirants are expected to battle it out in four divisions (Open, Women, Juniors and Kiddies) and share the total purse worth PHP100,000. The National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), Cavite Vice Governor Athena Tolentino and NM Srihaan Poddar organized the nine-round, three-day tournament. Poddar, a 15-year-old chesser, impressively raised the prize pool to make the event possible. ‘It is heartening to see and state that a Grade 10 student from International School Manila (Poddar) and a passionate chess enthusiast has made remarkable strides in his mission to promote chess and FIDE rated tournaments within the country,’ NCFP president Butch Pichay said in a news release on Sunday. ‘Through his earnest efforts in engaging with numerous, generous donors and sponsors, Srihaan has successfully been able to raise funds for the prizes to the upcoming event. We thank him for all his efforts, unwavering commitment, interest, and contribution to the world of chess in the Philippines,’ he added. The Open champion will take home PHP15,000 while the Women, Juniors and Kiddies titlists get to pocket PHP5,000 each plus trophies, a chess clock and a chess set, and a possible NM title. NCFP chief executive officer Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales, who will handle the meet with chief arbiter Reden Cruz as tournament director, added the top 10 in each group would also receive money prizes apart from trophies and medals. Philippine Sports Commission chair Richard Bachmann is also backing the event

Source: Philippines News Agency

Mapua spikers end campaign with win over San Sebastian

Mapua University ended its campaign in the 2023 V-League Collegiate Challenge with a three-set victory over San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Sunday. Outside hitter Roxie dela Cruz made 10 attacks, two service aces and one block as the Lady Cardinals downed the Lady Stags, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22, after one hour and 20 minutes at Paco Arena in Manila. Middle blocker Princess Jolina Barbiera contributed nine points, including three blocks, while outside Raisa Jenel Ricablanca had seven points, six on attacks for Mapua, which notched its second win against five losses but not enough to make it to the next round. Outside hitter Nadine Angeli Berces finished with six points and made seven excellent sets. “Sabi ko lang sa kanila, sana ‘yung last game mapanalo nila para matapos namin nang maayos ang liga (I just told them, I hope they win the last game so we can finish the league well),” coach Aying Esteban said. “May ini-insert kami na sistema na bago sa kanila. Hindi naman abrupt na makukuha nila. Pero kahit papaano, strong finish naman tayo, naging masaya naman ang ending natin (We are inserting a system that is new to them. It is not abrupt that they will get it. But somehow, we finished strong, we have a happy ending),” she added. Outside hitter Zenith Joy Deposoy had eight attacks and one block for San Sebastian, which likewise exited the tournament without a win in seven games. Outside hitter Katherine Santos chipped in four attacks and two service aces, while middle blocker Juna May Gonzales also had six points, including two blocks. Libero Chloi Florenci made 10 excellent digs and seven receptions

Source: Philippines News Agency

Flood victims buried in mass graves in Libya

Rescue teams continued their efforts in Libya on Saturday to search for survivors following this weekend’s deadly floods that killed thousands. At least 6,000 people were killed and thousands of others remain missing following deadly flooding caused by Mediterranean storm Daniel. Derna was the hardest-hit by the deadly flooding that caused two dams to collapse in the eastern city. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 9,000 people are still missing, while the bodies of 3,958 people have been recovered and identified following the flood disaster. According to an Anadolu reporter, the bodies of the flood victims were buried in mass graves in Derna city’s rural areas. At least 3,000 people have so far been buried in mass graves, official sources said. Derna is bisected by the Wadi Derna, a seasonal river that flows from highlands to the south, and normally protected from flooding by dams. But the massive floods caused the city’s two dams to collapse, dragging large parts of Derna into the sea. According to the UN migration agency, more than 38,600 people have been displaced by the floods in Libya so far

Source: Philippines News Agency

PNP chief, 88 other top officials negative in drug test

Top-level police officers, including chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., tested negative for illegal drugs in an unannounced on-the-spot drug test at the Camp Crame national headquarters in Quezon City. The surprise drug test was conducted during the command conference on Friday, attended by 89 top officials from the Philippine National Police (PNP) command group, directorial staff, regional directors and national support unit directors. “This surprise drug test underscores the PNP’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct among its members. It also serves as a clear message that the organization is resolute in its efforts to combat illegal drugs and ensure the integrity of its leadership,’ Acorda said in a statement on Sunday. From Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, a total of 25 police officers, including sacked Mandaluyong police chief Col. Cesar Gerente, have tested positive in confirmatory drug tests conducted on more than 115,000 personnel. Eight have been dismissed from the service

Source: Philippines News Agency

Harvard University insists on private policy on donations

Harvard University does not discuss the terms or specifics of individual gifts, a policy that House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said he will adhere to. Instead, Romualdez said he would like to redirect attention to the significant milestone of the introduction of the Filipino language course at Harvard University Asia Center amid reports that he donated USD2 million to the prestigious American institution. ‘I stand by that principle,’ Romualdez said in a statement Sunday, referring to Harvard’s privacy policy on donations. He said having a Filipino language course at Harvard is ‘a remarkable acknowledgment of our culture and heritage on a global platform.’ ‘As mentioned by Mr. Jose Marco C. ‘Marcky’ Antonio II, co-president of the Harvard Undergraduate Philippine Forum, our focus should be on celebrating this achievement,’ he said. ‘Let’s embrace this moment of pride and unity for our country and our language.’ Citing the FilAm magazine, the Harvard Crimson website posted a report three days ago that the alleged donation would ‘endow the Filipino (Tagalog) preceptor position at Harvard’ for no longer than three years. ‘Harvard is excited to offer our students the opportunity to study Filipino as part of our comprehensive offerings in East Asian studies,’ Jonathan Palumbo, a Harvard spokesperson, replied to the Harvard Crimson in an email. ‘As a matter of practice, Harvard does not discuss the terms or specifics of individual gifts, and in line with Harvard’s gift policy, donors have no role in the establishment of the courses that are offered.

Source: Philippines News Agency