The « Virtual Saigon » project is dedicated to studying the evolution of Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City from its beginning to nowadays. This section provides entries on original essays (Papers), original individual documents in text, video, audio, visual format, and to our E-Library of Saigon-related books.
The section entitled Papers provides scholarly essays on various topics. Most papers eventually find their way into peer-reviewed academic publications in a revised form. Yet the version presented on the platform takes advantage of all the potentialities of linking texts with texts, with images, with maps, with visual or map narratives. Eventually we hope to achieve seamless movement through the various components of the web platform.
The “Virtual Saigon” project is open to external contributions from scholars and advanced graduate students, including texts and essays, provided they meet academic standards. Due credit will be acknowledged. English is the standard medium of the project, but contributions in Vietnamese and French languages are also welcome, as long as they include an English summary.
Of course, the “Virtual Saigon” platform does not plan to simply juxtapose unrelated contributions. It will present a master narrative to provide the reader with an organized journey into the history of Saigon. In fact, one can even imagine several “master narratives” and several journeys.
All the texts and documents presented in this section are available free of charge. Yet they are also protected by intellectual copyrights and shall be given due credit when quoted.
The E-library provides access to digitized versions (pdf) of books related to Saigon history in various languages. The e-library actually plugs into the digital collections of the BN-IAO, the digital library of the Institut d'Asie Orientale (Lyons Institute of East Asian Studies).
Original texts provide documents that are often not easy to find, mostly publications such as city guides. They are made available in pdf format. Do not hesitate to contact us if you experience difficulty in downloading these documents. We also welcome contributions of like documents to enrich this digital library.
Over the course of research projects, we have accumulated large quantities of statistical data. Data are often hard to come by, especially data collected and verified through meticulous examination. Data produced on a given topic may also be useful for another research project. In this section, we shall share data in tabular format (Excel files), ready for download with all their metadata.
This section is divided into four parts that each relate to specific metadata fields in the documents available on the platform. A brief introduction follows.
The objective of this part is to provide an extensive bibliography of academic works as well as sources on Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City. It was created using various sources and databases in order to be able to add references in European languages (latin script) and Vietnamese.
Whenever a contributor mentions the name of a person in a “Virtual Saigon” platform document, a biographical fiche is created to provide biographical data. The degree of elaboration depends on the material available and on the importance accorded to a given figure.
This part lists the publishers of non textual documents such as maps, audio records, and visual documents. It is meant as an aid to the contributors to the project. All documents related to a given publisher are compiled automatically and listed in the relevant publisher record.
This part provides information on all the institutions, including private persons, that own or host documents related to Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City. These institutions are mentioned only when such documents are present on the “Virtual Saigon” platform. The information provided include the name, the type, the website (whenever available), and a short description.
This part provides information on buildings, based on their different functions throught history. As each building's function changes over time, any building could have multiple occurences. The last function compiles all the pictures of the building to allow comparisons. Each notice provides information on name, address, GPS coordinates (WGS1984 UTM Zone 48N), function...
Last update on Tuesday 16 April 2013 (15:59) by I. Durand