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Vietnam begins compilation of country’s first open encyclopedia

Vietnam begins compilation of country’s first open encyclopedia

Monday, October 05, 2020, 19:37 GMT+7
Vietnam begins compilation of country’s first open encyclopedia
A ceremony was organized on October 1, 2020 to introduce a project on compiling the first Vietnamese encyclopedia. Photo: T.Ha / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology has introduced a project on compiling the country’s first-ever open encyclopedia.

The encyclopedia project, which can be accessed at, is carried out by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and FPT Technology Research Institute (FTRI) on an open source platform.

The FTRI will mobilize community resources to build and operate the infrastructure and technology solutions, as well as encouraging people, especially the intellectual, to participate in the compilation of the open encyclopedia.

The VASS will review and make suitable adjustments to the information provided by the community and decide whether the contributions will become the official content of the encyclopedia.

The project will be the country’s first open encyclopedia that is compiled by the community.

This is also the first time that Vietnam has built a platform that synthesizes, systematizes, stores, and disseminates knowledge of the country and world in a digital environment.

The objective during the first phase of the project is to create 60,000 high-quality entries that are regularly updated by the official editorial board.

After a printed version of the Vietnamese encyclopedia is published, its content will be posted online under the government's decision for people to look up.

Aside from the open encyclopedia, the technology ministry also announced three other digital platforms, including,, and

With the message of 'connecting millions of hearts,' is a digital charity platform that allows benefactors to join hands to help others. is a digital map that includes features of the Vietnam Digital Map ( and is capable of showing real-time updates on COVID-19 prevention and control efforts at such crowded establishments as schools and medical facilities. is an education portal aimed at creating an online digital database that can collect and share content to support teaching, testing, and evaluation methods at local schools, while assisting online teaching.

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