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The International Joint Workshop 'Practices and Challenges of Integrating GIS, VR, Metaverse in Digital Humanities Research,' co-organized by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) and the Research Center for Chinese Cultural Metaverse in Taiwan (CCMTW), National Chengchi University, in cooperation with the Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University, was held on March 25, 2024.

Conducted in a hybrid format--on-site at the Art Research Center (ARC) and online, the workshop was attended by Prof. Shi-Chi Mike Lan (Deputy Director of the CCMTW, National Chengchi University), and Prof. Chi Man Kwong (Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University) at the ARC together with Prof. Keiji Yano (Deputy Director of the ARC/College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University), amongst others.

The workshop comprised three presentations by the CCMTW and six presentations, including three case studies, by the ARC. Following the presentations, an exchange of opinions took place on various topics regarding the use of the metaverse in Digital Humanities (DH) research, including platforms suited for research use, methods for acquiring high-quality 3D data, and the application of digital technologies, such as Geographic Information System (GIS), to the metaverse.

The workshop provided a valuable opportunity to discuss the future collaboration between the ARC and the CCMTW.


Date and Time: March 25 (Mon), 2024, 10:00-16:50 (JST) / 9:00-15:50 (TST)

Please click here for program.

Program

10:00 Opening Remarks (Prof. Chih-Ming CHEN and Prof. Ryo AKAMA)
CCMTW Session
10:10 - 10:55 Taiwanese civilians in Hong Kong after World War II - An example of metaverse digital curation using Gather Town and Omeka S. (Ms. Wei Yuan FAN)
10:55 - 11:40 Preservation of Changhua Roundhouse in Taiwan - An example of metaverse digital curation using Curation Cosmos and Omeka S. (Dr. Ming-Chaun LI)
11:40 - 12:25 Reapproaching Hong Kong's Experience during WWII from the Spatial History Perspective (Prof. Chi Man KWONG)
12:25 - 14:00 Lunch Break
ARC Session
14:00 - 14:30 Virtual Kyoto: from GIS, VR and AR to Metaverse. (Prof. Keiji YANO)
14:30 - 15:00 Audience Participation VR, Aesthetic Assessment in Minecraft, and Roblox content for English Education. (Prof. Ruck THAWONMAS)
15:00 - 15:10 Break
15:10 - 15:40 Metaverse as an Archiving Environment for Cultural Resources (Prof. Koichi HOSOI and Mr. Yuzu MINASE)
15:40 - 16:10

ARC Showcase:

→ Three-Dimensional Archiving of Local Historical Embankments Named "Saruo" for Educational Purposes within a Metaverse Platform (Prof. Hiroyuki YAMAUCHI)

→ Construction of an Open WebGIS for Archaeological Sites in Kyoto and Its Potential (Mr. Mikiharu TAKEUCHI)

→ Consensus-Building Tool Utilizing Urban Three-Dimensional Models (Mr. Moeki INOUE)

16:10 - 16:40 Discussion Session: Our future collaboration
16:40 - 16:50 Closing Remarks (Prof. Shi-Chi Mike LAN and Prof. Keiji YANO)

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The 13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was held on Saturday, March 23, 2024 by the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities, co-organized by the Kansai Division of the Japan Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge in cooperation with the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

This event also served as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC.

About the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities:

Along with the rapid development of the digital and information environment in recent years, we are seeing more and more cross-disciplinary research in academic fields with an awareness of "information" and "digital". This trend is gaining momentum in higher education and research activities as well, and educational programs and course activities related to this trend are being enhanced.

The need for opportunities for academic exchange among undergraduate and graduate students and young researchers studying in such programs under new research themes in line with the times is ever increasing.

For this reason, the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was established in 2011 as a place for presentation and exchange, with a focus on graduate students and young researchers interested in information and knowledge research in arts, culture, and other related fields in mind. 11 research meetings have been held to date.

This meeting is positioned as a place where participants can mutually discover new research themes and methods through human exchange in different fields, and we also welcome exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Date: March 23 (Sat), 2024, from 13:00 JST
Hybrid format:
Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4 Komatsubarachō, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0018 (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/osakaumedacampus/access/)
Online: Via ZOOM

Organizer: The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Facilitators: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), Mamiko Sakata (Doshisha University), Naoki Takubo (Kindai University), Takehiko Murakawa (Wakayama University)

Co-organizers: The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge

In cooperation with: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

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On March 25, 2024, the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, and the Research Center for Chinese Cultural Metaverse in Taiwan (CCMTW), National Chengchi University will be holding the International Joint Workshop Practices and Challenges of Integrating GIS, VR, Metaversein Digital Humanities Research.

This workshop will be held in English in a hybrid format.

Date and Time: March 25 (Mon), 2024, 10:00-16:50 (JST) / 9:00-15:50 (TST)

Please click here for program.

Program

10:00 Opening Remarks (Prof. Chih-Ming CHEN and Prof. Ryo AKAMA)
CCMTW Session
10:10 - 10:55 Taiwanese civilians in Hong Kong after World War II - An example of metaverse digital curation using Gather Town and Omeka S. (Ms. Wei Yuan FAN)
10:55 - 11:40 Preservation of Changhua Roundhouse in Taiwan - An example of metaverse digital curation using Curation Cosmos and Omeka S. (Dr. Ming-Chaun LI)
11:40 - 12:25 Reapproaching Hong Kong's Experience during WWII from the Spatial History Perspective (Prof. Chi Man KWONG)
12:25 - 14:00 Lunch Break
ARC Session
14:00 - 14:30 Virtual Kyoto: from GIS, VR and AR to Metaverse. (Prof. Keiji YANO)
14:30 - 15:00 Audience Participation VR, Aesthetic Assessment in Minecraft, and Roblox content for English Education. (Prof. Ruck THAWONMAS)
15:00 - 15:10 Break
15:10 - 15:40 Metaverse as an Archiving Environment for Cultural Resources (Prof. Koichi HOSOI and Mr. Yuzu MINASE)
15:40 - 16:10

ARC Showcase:

→ Three-Dimensional Archiving of Local Historical Embankments Named "Saruo" for Educational Purposes within a Metaverse Platform (Prof. Hiroyuki YAMAUCHI)

→ Construction of an Open WebGIS for Archaeological Sites in Kyoto and Its Potential (Mr. Mikiharu TAKEUCHI)

→ Consensus-Building Tool Utilizing Urban Three-Dimensional Models (Mr. Moeki INOUE)

16:10 - 16:40 Discussion Session: Our future collaboration
16:40 - 16:50 Closing Remarks (Prof. Shi-Chi Mike LAN and Prof. Keiji YANO)

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March 23, 2024(Sat)

The 13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

We are now accepting →registrations to join the event as a participant. This event also serves as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC.

About the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities:

Along with the rapid development of the digital and information environment in recent years, we are seeing more and more cross-disciplinary research in academic fields with an awareness of "information" and "digital". This trend is gaining momentum in higher education and research activities as well, and educational programs and course activities related to this trend are being enhanced.

The need for opportunities for academic exchange among undergraduate and graduate students and young researchers studying in such programs under new research themes in line with the times is ever increasing.

For this reason, the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was established in 2011 as a place for presentation and exchange, with a focus on graduate students and young researchers interested in information and knowledge research in arts, culture, and other related fields in mind. 11 research meetings have been held to date.

This meeting is positioned as a place where participants can mutually discover new research themes and methods through human exchange in different fields, and we also welcome exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Date: March 23 (Sat), 2024, from 13:00 JST
Hybrid format:
Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4 Komatsubarachō, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0018 (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/osakaumedacampus/access/)
Online: Via ZOOM

Organizer: The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Facilitators: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), Mamiko Sakata (Doshisha University), Naoki Takubo (Kindai University), Takehiko Murakawa (Wakayama University)

Co-organizers: The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge

In cooperation with: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Registration method:

Please register via the <registration form for participants>. (Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2024)

※ There is no participation fee.

※A get-together is planned to be held after the research presentations (face-to-face only). We would like to make it a place for exchange beyond the boundaries of universities and research fields, so please feel free to join us. The venue, participation fee, etc. will be announced shortly.

 JSIK 情報知識学会

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On February 20, 2024, a Digital Archiving Workshop was held by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, and the College of Humanities, SOAS University of London, as part of the visit of Prof. Ryo Akama, Director of the ARC, to London.

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The workshop comes after the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ritsumeikan University (RU), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), and SOAS University of London in December 2023, which includes expanding the cooperation in joint research into the area of Digital Humanities (DH).

The Digital Archiving Workshop, attended by faculty members, library staff, and students of SOAS University of London, began with a general introduction to the ARC and its international research activities in Digital Humanities, followed by a case study examined by Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds & ARC Collaborative Researcher on 'Transforming Research in Early Japanese Books through the ARC Research Space,' and a lecture by Prof. Akama on 'The ARC Research Space--Aiming at Perfecting a Comprehensive Digital Research Space for Japanese Arts & Culture.'

IMG_20240221_174628.jpgThe workshop then moved on to a section focusing on practical techniques. Prof. Akama demonstrated and explained digitization methods for Japanese materials based on the woodblock prints and old Japanese books in the collection of the SOAS Library. Audience members were given the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in digitizing these materials.

On February 21, 2024, Prof. Akama gave a public lecture organized by the SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC) entitled 'The End of Actor Prints (役者絵): How did the Meiji Era's Actor Prints Disappear?'

We are pleased to announce the Call for Manuscript Submissions for the Art Research Center's journal ART RESEARCH vol. 25-1, 25-2, 25-3.

As an academic journal specializing in arts and culture, the purpose of ART RESEARCH is to widely publicize the results of the research projects and activities conducted by the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, and its partner institutions and collaborative researchers.

Since its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC) has been selected for several national grants as a center of excellence for research in culture, art, and information science. In FY2019, the center assumed the role as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC) upon its accreditation by the MEXT as an International Joint Usage/Research Center. The ARC is highly regarded as a leading hub for the digital archiving of Japanese art and culture.

Our online journal will be published several times a year, and at the end of the fiscal year, a print booklet compiling all contributions will be distributed, as we hope to increase the submission opportunities for researchers.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript.

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The 13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities will be held online on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

We are now accepting →registrations to join the event as a participant. This event also serves as a conference for young researchers of the ARC-iJAC.

About the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities:

Along with the rapid development of the digital and information environment in recent years, we are seeing more and more cross-disciplinary research in academic fields with an awareness of "information" and "digital". This trend is gaining momentum in higher education and research activities as well, and educational programs and course activities related to this trend are being enhanced.

The need for opportunities for academic exchange among undergraduate and graduate students and young researchers studying in such programs under new research themes in line with the times is ever increasing.

For this reason, the Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities was established in 2011 as a place for presentation and exchange, with a focus on graduate students and young researchers interested in information and knowledge research in arts, culture, and other related fields in mind. 11 research meetings have been held to date.

This meeting is positioned as a place where participants can mutually discover new research themes and methods through human exchange in different fields, and we also welcome exploratory and adventurous presentations that are slightly different from conventional conference presentations.

Date: March 23 (Sat), 2024, from 13:00 JST
Hybrid format:
Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4 Komatsubarachō, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0018 (https://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/osakaumedacampus/access/)
Online: Via ZOOM

Organizer: The Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities

Facilitators: Ryo Akama (Ritsumeikan University), Mamiko Sakata (Doshisha University), Naoki Takubo (Kindai University), Takehiko Murakawa (Wakayama University)

Co-organizers: The Kansai Division of the Art Documentation Society and the Kansai Division of the Japan Society of Information and Knowledge

In cooperation with: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.

Registration method:

Please register via the <registration form for participants>. (Deadline: Wednesday, March 20, 2024)

※ There is no participation fee.

※A get-together is planned to be held after the research presentations (face-to-face only). We would like to make it a place for exchange beyond the boundaries of universities and research fields, so please feel free to join us. The venue, participation fee, etc. will be announced shortly.

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Day 1: Friday, February 23, 11:00 -17:40 JST (tentative)
Day 2: Saturday, February 24, 10:30:00 -17:00 JST (tentative)

Hybrid event (ARC & online via Zoom)

Presentations marked with ★ are available via YouTube live stream.

Organised by: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation", Ritsumeikan University

Click here for the program.

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Day 1: Friday, February 23, 11:00 -17:40 JST (tentative)
Day 2: Saturday, February 24, 10:30:00 -17:00 JST (tentative)

Hybrid event (ARC & online via Zoom)

Presentations marked with ★ are available via YouTube live stream.

Organised by: International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation", Ritsumeikan University

Click here for the program.

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January 31, 2024(Wed)

With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.

NEWS

We were delighted to welcome Prof. Graeme Earl (Head of the College of Humanities, SOAS University of London), Shona Aitken (Director of Advancement, SOAS University of London), and Russell Kelty (Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia) to the ARC.
Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Monika Bincsik, ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher, on receiving the 2024 Marica Vilcek Prize in Art History.

Dr. Bincsik, the Diane and Arthur Abbey Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), receives the Marica Vilcek Prize for her curatorial approach to Japanese decorative arts and textiles that highlights the complex interplay of the Japanese and international art market, trade, social, and political circumstances over the past five centuries.


Dr. Bincsik earned a Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University, undertaking research on Japanese lacquerware and other decorative arts, supervised by the ARC Director Prof. Ryo Akama (Graduate School of Letters).
Prof. Thawonmas, Head of the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab), explains how he utilizes ARC database resources for research in artificial intelligence and Game AI.
As a certified University Ambassador with the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), he also runs workshops on fundamental and advanced levels of deep learning, fostering the next-generation specialists in the AI field. >> Read interview.
Based on the special exhibition Chushingura Ukiyo-e from Kamigata, held at the Ako City Museum of History in 2022, this digital exhibition showcases the aspects of the development of Chushingura culture in the Kamigata region, mainly depicted in yakusha-e, shibai-e, and omocha-e.
>> Read more.
Supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), a research team at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), led by Dr. Pilar Cabañas, has launched a digital exhibition of shini-e (memorial prints).
It showcases the achievements of their ARC-iJAC project to digital archive the ukiyo-e collection held by the UCM. >> Read more.
Video on demand! 125. International ARC Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK/ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher)

Topic: Hokusai the Alchemist: an exploration of sources for his book illustrations (held in English)

The workshop was held as part of the ARC research project Visual Culture Studies in the Domestic Sphere Utilizing the ARC Database, led by ARC faculty member Prof. Yumi Takenaka.
The project aims to study arts and visual culture in East Asia related to the concept of Ie, which encompasses housing, households, family, and family genealogy within the Domestic Sphere juxtaposed to the Public Sphere.
An invited lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch (Free University of Berlin). >> Read more.
Upcoming Events

February 23 (Fri) & 24 (Sat), 2024
FY 2023 Annual Report Meeting of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (
ARC-iJAC) & Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation," Ritsumeikan University
<Program to be announced on our website shortly>

March 23 (Sat), 2024
13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities
(第13回「知識・芸術・文化情報学研究会」)


Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
(*The time will be adjusted depending on the number of presenters.
*The event may be held in a hybrid format or entirely online depending on the spread of COVID-19.)


>> Call for Presenters
(Deadline: February 5, 2024)
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