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Digital Silkroad Document Library at NII: The Design of the Multilingual Annotation Support System

Takeo YAMAMOTO, Asanobu KITAMOTO,

Sonoko SATO and Kinji ONO

National Institute of Informatics

Tokyo, Japan


In this presentation:

  • National Institute of Informatics (NII) : Its research, services, and education

  • Digital SilkRoads (DSR) Project

  • Toyo-Bunko Document Archive

  • Multilingual Annotation Support System (MASS)


NACSIS(est. 1986) →NII(est.2000)


Foundation of Informatics

Infrastructure Systems

Software

Multimedia Information

Intelligent Systems

Human and Social Information

Research Information

Research Center for Testbeds and Prototyping

Research Center for Information Resources

NII Research6 ResearchDivisions 2 Research Centers


NII Services

  • On-Line Library Cataloging Service (NACSIS-CAT)

  • Information Service (GeNii)

  • Network Backbone Service (SINET/SUPER-SINET)


NII Services on the Web(Accessible from GeNii)

  • Books and journals: Webcat (http://webcat.nii.ac.jp/webcat_eng.html)

  • Japanese books: Webcat Plus (http://webcatplus.nii.ac.jp/)

  • Japanese academic societies: Academic Society Home Village (http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/index-e.html)

  • etc.


Education at NII

  • Ph. D course in informatics (accepts only those with master degrees or equivalent)

  • NII Scholarship for promising foreign students

  • Classes in English (Japanese not required)

  • http://www.nii.ac.jp/graduate/


Digital SilkRoads Project

  • A joint research project centered at NII with UNESCO, Hitachi, Toyo Bunko and several other universities and institutions

  • By using IT, preserve, restore, and facilitate access to Silkroad research information

  • International Workshops: DSR2001(Tokyo) and DSR2003(Nara)

  • Homepage: http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/


Toyo Bunko Document Archive

  • Digital archive of rare books related to Silkroads owned by Toyo Bunko (“The Oriental Library”)

  • Presently 5,623 pages (27 books) and increasing (ca. 3,000 pages/year)

  • Original high-res color (4000*4000), medium-res grayscale(2000*2000), low-res color(900*900)

  • Web page will be open to the public soon (http://dsr.nii.ac.jp/toyobunko/)


Multilingual access to the database:Requirements

  • Original language: German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese (classic), English, etc.

  • Searchable in the original language (words)

  • Searchable by a technical term thesaurus (names of places, artifacts, etc.) constructed from the database, with terms in the original language PLUS corresponding Japanese and English terms

  • Searchable from maps and a timeline


Database creation process


Multimedia Annotation Support System (MASS) Requirements

  • Ease of use-Copy & paste/right click/selection

  • Multilingual data within same table

  • Fuzzy (expanded) search that tolerates OCR error and variation with languages

  • Cooperative work possible

  • Front-end to DBMS


MASS Initial State


MASS query input


MASS search response


MASS Right-Click Menu


Conclusion

  • Digital archive and its ACTIVE USAGE is important for research and cultural material

  • We have to change the mind-set of owners/managers/inheritors

  • Used, shared information increases in value

  • Multilingual access is important for universal usability and international cooperation


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