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NTT DATA Builds Digital Archive System of ASEAN ACHDA Project; Katsuichi Sonoda Quoted

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NTT DATA has completed the first phase of building a digital archive system for the ASEAN Cultural Heritage Digital Archive (ACHDA) project to help digitize valuable historical cultural heritage of ASEAN countries, the company announced on Wednesday.

“It is my sincere hope that the value of this initiative will be widely known throughout ASEAN, and that by conveying the precious cultural assets of the present to future generations, new culture will be fostered,” said Katsuichi Sonoda, senior vice president of NTT DATA.

NTT DATA’s digital archive was developed by integrating 160 cultural assets from Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The cultural heritage archive will be made publicly available for anyone in the world to view online at the ACHDA website after Feb. 27, 2020.

ASEAN’s ACHDA project has enabled the digitization of 3D objects, including shape, color and texture data to be preserved and made available to the public. This has been achieved by expanding the capabilities of our digital archiving solution AMLAD to prevent cultural heritage assets from being lost due to disasters, accidents, and aging and to allow long-term preservation.

NTT DATA’s system will support the images, audio recordings and video data that are available on other NTT DATA digital archive systems, as well as an expanded capability to handle three-dimensional models of physical objects.

The second phase of the project has been expected to begin in fiscal year 2020 and will digitally archive cultural assets from Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos to make the countries historical evidence available on the archive site.

Going forward, the project will be expanded to include all ten ASEAN member states in the future. The project has been funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), established in 2006 with the contribution from the Japanese government.

Future work is being considered by the ASEAN Secretariat, and NTT DATA plans to further contribute to ASEAN by digitizing cultural heritage assets and building a sustainable digital archive system in all 10 ASEAN countries.


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