Japan's 2011 Disasters
On Friday March 11th, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck a wide area of the northeast region of Japan, followed by a huge tsunami that inundated the region and flooded the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant. The combined disasters are perhaps the most major event to occur in Japan since the end of World War II. Since the disasters occurred thousands of voluteers have worked in Northern Japan and groups around the world are donating funds and expertise to assist in the recovery. NCC is working with organizations in Japan, the US and elsewhere to assist in documentation of the disasters, in data recovery, and in amassing a visual record of the region before, during and after the disasters occurred.
Related Upcoming Events
American Anthropological Association Roundtable: "Narrating the Nuclear: Anthropologists and Others Engage with the Atomic Era," November 24, 2013 8am-12pm, Hilton Hotel, Downtown Chicago, Grand Ballroom
The roundtable includes anthropologists and other scholars, along with activists working on issues related to nuclear weaponry and energy, and plans to spend significant amount of time for the discussion involving audience.
International Symposium: "Transmitting the Experiences of Hiroshima & Nagasaki to Future," December 7, 2013 1:00-5:00 pm, Hiroshima International Conference Center, Address: 1-5 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku,Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-0811, Japan
The Hiroshima Peace Institute will hold an international symposium co-hosted by the Chugoku Shimbun and the Research Center forNuclear Weapons Abolition, Nagasaki University. Includes keynote speaker, Professor Atsuko Hayakawa of Tsuda College, and panelists Yves Kamuronsi, Deputy Director of Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre Rwanda, and Takeshi Nakatami, Licensed Guide of Memorial and Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau (Poland), Sophearum
Chey, and Vice Chief, Tuol Sleng Museum (Cambodia).
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Introduction to the Japan Disaster Archive
The Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters (JDA) is an online portal to digital materials documenting the cascading series of natural and man-made disasters that began in Japan on March 11, 2011. The JDA is a partnership of organizations including several terabits of data contained in Internet Archive, photographs archived by Yahoo! Japan, many layers of maps and and videos, tweets collected by Hypercities, testimonials from victims and visitors to the site, and much more. The archive interface does not store copies of the data, rather it seamlessly links digital materials archived by partner projects, allowing you to search, view, and sort items across separate archives and collections.
In addition to being a permanent repository for digital records of the disaster, the archive is an interactive platform for teaching and research, constantly growing through direct user participation. Visitors are encouraged to freely contribute their own material to the archive, and to create individual “collections” of data surrounding a given theme or topic, sharing those individually curated collections with others. The archive seeks to become a collaborative, public space open to all who wish to relate memories, deposit data, teach and learn through the site.
This LibGuide was created as a window into the Digital Archive of Japan’s 2011 Disasters to help users sift through the many millions of items in the digital collections, by suggesting points of access for students, teachers, researchers, policy makers, and members of the general public interested in specific topics.
As of September 2013, the archive links to:
294,731 news headlines
2,708 full-text news articles
1,009 PDF documents
730 broadcast videos
14 audio files
A total of 1,222,456 items.
(numbers are constantly in flux as new items are added to the archive)
Institutions participating in the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters
Panels, Programs, and Online Presentations
August 14, 2013: NCC Team-Building Workshop II, Overview of the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 DIsasters, at Havard University.
March 22, 2013: AAS Presidential Address "Disasters, Natural and Unnatural: Reflections on Japan after March 2011," Theodore C. Bestor, AAS President, Manchester Ballroom D, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego.
March 22, 2013: AAS Presidential Roundtable: New Horizons: The Impact of Digital Scholarship in Asian Studies, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego
March 22, 2013: NCC Workshop at AAS, "Open Source, Open Book, Open Classroom: Opening Internet Resources for Teaching About Japan," Session #158 3:15-5:15
March 22, 2013: Teaching “Disaster” in the Classroom: A Workshop with Teach 3.11 at the National University of Singapore
March 11-14, 2013: 3.11 Virtual Conference: Building a Bridge to Disaster Studies (STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima/East Japan Disaster & Teach 3.11)
January 24-25, 2013: Opportunities and Challenges of Participatory Digital Archives: Lessons from the March 11, 2011 Great Eastern Japan Disaster, at Harvard University
For a list of upcoming programs on the Daishinsai please check the Website of theReischauer Institution of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.
Get Webcasts of Disaster Related Program at Harvard via Vimeo
Listen to the audio Tribute to the Victims of the 2011 Disasters on YouTube
In commemoration of the first anniversary of the disasters in Japan NCC published the first edition of its The NCC Online Guide to Research Access in Japanese Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLAs) (日本研究のためのMLAアクセスガイド) on March 11, 2012.