May 27, 2022

Japan: New Items Available Online From the Kyoto University Rare Digital Materials Digital Archive

Three recent announcements from the Kyoto University Library Network.

1. Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: Digital Images of the Graduate School of Science Freely Reusable

The Graduate School of Science has introduced a new rule on the reuse of the digital images of its library materials, in order to promote the use of the digital images created from its rare materials and publicized on the Internet as part of the Open Access Promotion Project. Under the new rule, the digital images of materials held by the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, publicized on the Internet are reusable without application or fee.

2. Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: 265 Titles of Tanimura Collection Linked to NIJL’s Collectors’ Seal Database

Many old books have collectors’ seals on them that furnish valuable information on the books’ provenance and transmission. The Collectors’ Seal Database provided by the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) has accumulated images of collectors’ seals and their information, which users can search by what is inscribed on the seal, the number of characters, the placement of each character, the number of lines, where the text is broken in lines, etc. Seals collected from Tanimura Collection held by Kyoto University Library are also included in the database.

3. Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive: 1,443 Titles Including “Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection” and Others Newly Available

The digital images newly released this time include 219 titles of “Korean Metal/Stone Rubbings Collection”, 850 manuscripts from “Kawai Collection”, 356 titles of “Modern Educational Wallcharts”. Other than these, transcriptions and explanations are added to “Meiji Restoration Collection” and Nara Ehon Collection. As of January 29, 2018, 1,071,087 images of 12,793 titles are available in Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive.

Hat Tip/Thanks: ResearchBuzz

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