January 20, 2022

Japan: Lab at National Diet Library Testing Bibliographic Information Visualization System

A brief post (in English) about a bibliographic information search and visualization tool being developed by the National Diet Library Lab.

The underlying retrieval and visualization technology named MIMA was developed at the University of Tokyo.

Although search results are conventionally displayed in a list, MIMA search displays results as a map comprising lines and nodes, which enables users to easily visualize the relation between diverse data points, thereby allowing faster, more accurate identification of necessary information.

Full Post and image of results page via “What’s New at NDL”

Additional info available in Japanese via NDL Lab Web Site |||  English Translation of Page (via Google Translate)

Note: We’ve had good luck running live searches using the search box on the Japanese language info page and entering some book titles (ie. Moby Dick) and geographic locations  (ie. New York) using non-Japanese characters.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.