ANN: ARI Talks: Katherine Matsuura (Harvard University), “Japan Digital Research Center: The Difficult but Promising Road Ahead”, 4 April 2023

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ANN: “Japan Digital Research Center: The Difficult but Promising Road Ahead”
ARI Talk by Dr Katherine Matsuura (Harvard University)
The talk will take place through Zoom and in person at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS). It is hosted by ARI with support from NUS Libraries. For registration, please see the following details:
4 April 2023
04:00pm - 05:30pm (SGT / Singapore); 10:00am - 11:30am (CEST); 09.00am - 10.30am (BST); 05.00pm - 6.30pm (JST); 01:00am - 02.30am (PDT)
Online via Zoom or in person at NUS, AS 8, Level 4, Seminar Room #04-04
The Japan Digital Research Center (JDRC) of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (Harvard University) was established in 2017 for the purpose of developing new modes of support and collaboration amongst librarians, faculty, and students working in an increasingly digitized and networked environment.  The JDRC serves as the home for two trailblazing projects in the Japan digital research community:  the Constitutional Revision Research Project and the Japan Disasters Digital Archive.  Both projects have an initial shared history in web archiving, and each was launched out of an immediate perception of need:  the desire to capture, preserve, and share born-digital materials for a future generation of scholars and students. 
Each project has evolved and been rebuilt multiple times over the course of their 12 and 18-year history, and each will be showcased and discussed individually – highlighting both their unique contributions and challenges.  Meeting both the challenges and opportunities of multilingual digital scholarship is a focus of the Japan Digital Research Center, and while it remains important to share and make accessible these digital projects, it is equally necessary to share the many lessons and remaining obstacles in the path ahead.  Supporting innovative projects and emerging scholarship involves a larger conversation about sustainability; scope and responsibility; library partnerships; methods for choosing projects; as well as how to end and preserve a digital project.  It will take faculty, technology support, and many dedicated partners to figure out the next steps together.
Project links: 
Constitutional Revision in Japan -
Japan Disasters Digital Archive -