The Art Research Center (ARC) received the Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ) 2022
The Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ) is an award system newly established by Japan Search, an online platform operated by the National Diet Library, Japan, for aggregating metadata of digital resources of various fields, including book/publication, official documents, and art.
The DAJ Award has been designed to widely introduce to society the initiatives that integrate digital archives into daily life, such as the promotion of digitization, open contents, and the provision of new services using digital technology to create momentum for their utilization. The ARC is honored to be one of the first recipients of this award.
The award ceremony was held at the Digital Archive Fest 2022 (「デジタルアーカイブフェス2022」)--hosted by the National Diet Library and the Cabinet Office--where industry, academia, and government officials gathered to discuss cutting-edge case studies and commended good practices for promoting digital archiving in Japan.
The ARC received this award for its role as an international link for Japanese art and culture by publishing online databases--including ukiyo-e, early Japanese books, and banzuke-related contents--while collaborating with various domestic and international institutions and individuals to enhance the discoverability of such contents and presenting a model in this field of the art and culture. Furthermore, the ARC was recognized for its efforts in developing metadata and providing access to pages that contain terms and conditions of use for each institution.
In his acceptance speech, Professor Ryo Akama, Director of the Art Research Center (ARC), expressed that, for a quarter of a century since its establishment in 1998, the center has been taking digital archives as the foundation for its research activities. On the day, Associate Professor Takaaki Kaneko delivered the award acceptance speech in Prof. Akama's place.
He highlighted that the center has been accumulating a vast amount of contents while mainly targeting overseas museums. "The excellent mechanisms of Japan Search have allowed us to clearly position ourselves as an international link," said Professor Akama.
He expressed his intention to take the Digital Archive Japan Award (DAJ) to provide information on domestic cultural resources and areas other than ukiyo-e, early Japanese books, and banzuke-related contents to further respond to the needs of users worldwide.
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