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Title: Design of Narrative Book Collection: Redesigning Pre-Modern Japanese Books in the Digital Age
Authors: Miyakita, Goki
Okawa, Keiko
Keywords: Digital Exhibition
Digital Collection
User Experience
Pre-Modern Book
Historical Data
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2017
Abstract: This paper introduces Narrative Book Collection—a unique model of digital exhibition for pre-modern Japanese books that explores computational and visualization approaches to create a new book reading experience in the digital age. Narrative Book Collection uses both verbal and nonverbal aspects of books to enable distant and close reading, and reveals cultural features in a narrative format. This paper describes the process of design and implementation of a digital exhibition inspired in approximately 200 titles selected from an extensive collection of pre-modern Japanese books from the 8th to the 19th century, kept by Keio University’s Library and the Institute of Oriental Classics. The process throughout this research clarified four basic components that compose Narrative Book Collection: (a) Storytelling: establishment of story based on the exhibition aims, (b) Data generation: generation and filing digital data of rare books, (c) Story-driven data analysis and visualization: computational analysis and visualization of digital data, (d) Narrative viewpoints: create viewpoints and interaction with the collection. These components enable the model to provide access, reading, and interaction with the digital collection. By focusing on both verbal and nonverbal aspects of books, this research allows wide audiences—regardless of their baseline differences in ethnic, regional, or knowledge of Japanese—to interact with its diverse elements of pre-modern Japanese book. The implementation of Narrative Book Collection provides practical and comprehensive insights of Japanese culture through pre-modern Japanese book collections, and opens a new door for digital exhibition of books.
Description: Biographies: Goki Miyakita / Ph.D. candidate, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University Goki Miyakita is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University (Keio Media Design – KMD), Japan. His Masters research focused on the implementation and use of ICT in the performing arts education field in order to share and learn from the performing arts globally. After earning his Masters degree in Media Design, Goki, then entered a Ph.D. program at KMD to further his research in the use of digital media—particularly, in the field of digital culture and arts—in global scale. During his Ph.D., he studied wide range of visual design skills throughout Global Innovation Design (GID) exchange program linking Keio University with two global education partners, Royal College of Art, London and Pratt Institute, New York. Most recently he is working together with the scholars of Keio University’s Institute of Oriental Classics, and focusing on the design and implementation of classical Japanese culture with digital technologies, under the umbrella term of “digital humanities.” Keiko Okawa, Ph.D. / Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University After 12 years of computer industry experience, Keiko Okawa started her research in "the Internet and the higher education" at United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies in 1996, continued her research at Keio University from 1997. She has been leading the "School of Internet (SOI)" research group in WIDE project since 1997 where she conducts research and experiment of distance education technology. She has been serving as a director of the "SOI Asia project" since 2001 which is connecting 27 universities in 13 countries in Asia, conducting collaborative educational programs using ICT. She had been a research faculty member at Keio University, Graduate School of Media and Governance for 6 years from 2002 and currently teaching at Keio University, Graduate school of Media Design since 2008 April. She received Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University in 2001 and a master degree in engineering from Keio University in 1985.
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