The Impact of the Digital on Japanese Studies, Redux

Panel 2 - Abstracts

Jon Abel, Penn State University

Visualizing Data Sources

How do we build digital tools that reference their sources of data gathering clearly such that in attempts to lay bigger and broader claims we do not misrepresent data quality? Example dataset (from my CINEmap project): now perhaps the most extensive collection of film locations we have for Japan. 20,000 film locations in Japan harvested from various sources including students, hobbyists, tourists, published reference books, and wikipedia amongst others.

Hoyt Long, University of Chicago

Database and Archive

Digital databases present researchers with opportunities to probe the gaps between the archive as imagined ideal and the limited ways we have of constructing knowledge from it. In this talk I will consider what the archive of "modern Japanese literature" looks like through one particular database: a digitized bibliography of Japanese anthologies from the 20th century which includes over 600,000 titles published in over 1,200 anthologies. How can we locate the image of modern Japanese literature it gives vis-a-vis other databases, and other ways of knowing the archive?

Jonathan Zwicker, University of California, Berkeley

Curating Edo

We often reach for the language of curation (curating data, curating websites) when we attempt to conceptualize humanistic work in the digital environment. This talk will present some preliminary ideas and concepts related to the processes and objectives of digital curation in relation to an ongoing collaborative project on Early Modern Japan.