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Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program: CDDP Award Program - 2022-2023

2022-2023 CDDP Awardee

The 2022-2023 NCC-CDDP Award Program has been completed and the grand prize was given to the following video:

[Great Digitization Project with Vintage Videos]: Osamu Sahara, Akihiro Tsukamoto, and Film Cycle Project Team: Rin Onishi, Ayumi Makita, Runo Tsukioka, Mai Yoshioka, Mikoto Yoshioka, Yukino Tanitsugu, Kano Kojima, Ichie Yamamoto, Yuzuki Suetomo, Mayuno Saijo (Tokushima University), “Film Cycle Project: Learning about Japan through Digital Archive Technology

Additional presentation on the Film Cycle Project available here: Film Cycle Project Presentation 


The CDDP Task Force focuses primarily on two areas: digitization and discoverability.  We aim to support the digitization of hidden collections, the bringing together of complementary online collections, and the creation of better systems for finding relevant digital collections. Further, CDDP supports training initiatives to ensure that Japan scholars and librarians have the tools necessary to bring their collections to light in ways that provide users with the greatest possible depth of understanding.  We hope to bring to light hidden, academically useful Japan-related materials through digitization, to enable more robust use of these items by Japan scholars worldwide, to promote collaboration nationally and internationally, to foster training in developing digitization projects, and to help build an international infrastructure for digitized Japan-related materials.

In May of 2021, the CDDP Task Force initiated the CDDP Video Series to showcase exemplary digital projects, resources, and the tools used to build them. With the 2020-2021 grant from the Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), the series launched with the intention of assisting scholars and librarians in Japanese Studies to engage with digital scholarship under the special circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the enthusiastic reception of the initial videos, the project has continued to grow even as libraries have opened again.  In 2022-2023, it will be funded by the generous donations from the Next Decade Donation Drive.  Please see the most recent videos here.

The NCC-CDDP Award program provides individuals with an opportunity to share their projects using digitized images related to Japanese Studies with a wider community of Japan specialists and expand resources included in the CDDP Video Series. The award(s) of up to $500 will recognize remarkable contributions to digital scholarship in support of Japanese Studies.  This program will also be funded by the Next Decade Donation Drive.  


If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the NCC CDDP Task Force:

Toshie Marra (tmarra at berkeley dot edu)


Guidelines for Participation in the NCC-CDDP Award Program

Eligible Participants

  • Anyone who is engaged with research and instruction in Japanese Studies can participate in the award program
  • Each participant, either an individual or a group of individuals, may submit one or more video presentation(s) that introduces his/her/their own research project (up to 3)
  • CDDP Task Force members may not submit their own video presentations independently or as a representative of the project group

Requirements for Video Presentations

  • Materials presented in the videos must be clear of copyright
  • Narration audio included in the video presentations must be in either English or Japanese ––in both cases clear, easy to understand English captions/subtitles are required
  • Length of each video presentation must be about 10 and no more than 20 minutes

Selection Criteria

  • The award honors remarkable contributions to digital scholarship using digitized images in support of Japanese Studies
  • In keeping with the aim of the CDDP Video Series, videos introducing not just project content but also the tools used to build them are looked upon favorably
  • Collaborative work (e.g., involving librarians and students) exemplifying creativity and/or innovative scholarship are highly evaluated
  • Research examples showcasing resource(s) and tool(s) introduced in CDDP Video Series are welcome
  • Videos are also evaluated on the organization, clarity and visual appeal of the content


  • Submission deadline for video presentations: 1/31/23 NOW 2/8/23
  • Announcement of the award recipient(s): late Spring 
  • Grand prize winning video presentation(s) are to be published in the CDDP Video Series website
  • Award(s) include a monetary prize of up to $500

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