Digital Technologies Expo
When triple disaster struck Japan in 2011, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University was one of many institutions that sprang into action through the capture and preservation of information. As a result, the Japan Disasters Digital Archive (JDA) has been archiving and preserving a number of tweets, testimonials, and websites devoted to Japan disasters, but ultimately it is not this content alone that make the project unique. Instead, the JDA has been focused on building a federation of existing Japanese digital archives and promoting various shared and participatory usages of the massive dataset being collected on the ground. The number of partners and materials continues to grow even today, and although each archive benefits from an international platform and wider accessibility, the real appeal and value of the JDA is the public space it provides for information sharing, collaboration, and conversation for citizens, researchers, classrooms, and policy makers. It is an interactive space that encourages and thrives on user participation, and demonstrations of the JDA will highlight: (1) the ability to contribute materials directly to the archive, (2) the ability to add metadata and translations to existing items, (3) the potential to visualize and discover materials through an innovative heat map feature, (4) the option to create a personal collection of digital materials that have been compiled and curated along a specific theme of interest, and finally, (5) the ability to showcase a collection as a full screen interactive, multimedia presentation.
Japan Disasters Digital Archive: http://jdarchive.org/