A multi-faceted and integrated approach to historical resources leads to a synthetic discipline benefitting from open access data in the humanities and sciences. Japanese historical studies have advanced over the past century through large-scale, long-term, and multidisciplinary projects that integrate diverse datasets with sophisticated approaches. However, dispersed and heterogeneous data lead to technological challenges. Standardisation of methods, development of robust metadata, and long-term preservation and utilisation in case of disasters are insufficient. Sociological challenges, including inadequate rewards for sharing research and resource data, must also be resolved. This panel examines how superior data access and preservation can be achieved to promote the attribution and acknowledgement of well-curated and federated data repositories.
The first paper presents the project about long-term utilisation and enhancement of digital archives around Japan. By promoting sharing and utilisation of research data, it establishes advanced information environments for the humanities and sciences. The second paper introduces a ‘Comprehensive Database of Archaeological Site Reports in Japan’. This is an electronic archive operated by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. Every report on an excavation survey of buried cultural properties has been digitised for internet browsing and searching in this report repository system. The third paper presents projects for the conservation of historical and cultural materials that preserve materials and study preservation methodologies. It emphasises the data backup and digitised resources in case of disasters. The last paper summarises the issues of an information platform for area studies and long-term preservation and utilisation of academic data.
Paper Presenter: Ikki Ohmukai – University of Tokyo
Co-author: Taizo YAMADA – Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo
Co-author: Yoichiro Watanabe – Historiographical Institute, The University of Tokyo
Paper Presenter: Yuichi Takata – Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Co-author: Peter Yanase – Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Paper Presenter: Masashi Amano – National Museum of Japanese History
Co-author: Makoto Goto – National Museum of Japanese History
Paper Presenter: Shoichiro Hara – Kyoto University
Co-author: Shigeo Sugimoto – University of Tsukuba
Co-author: Akihiro Kameda – National Museum of Japanese History