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CDDP Video Series Highlight: ARC Kuzushiji Transcription Support and Archiving System

by Paula Curtis on 2022-07-13T15:05:10-04:00 | Comments

In response to the challenges and obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing importance of digital tools for access to Japanese material, NCC’s Comprehensive Digitization and Discoverability Program Task Force (CDDP) is collaborating with institutions and scholars to release a video series highlighting digital resources for teaching, learning, and research. Created with funding support from Toshiba International Foundation (TIFO), the CDDP Video Series offers instructional videos on freely available resources and cutting-edge projects related to Japanese Studies, highlighting useful tools and best practices. If you are interested in submitting a video to the series, please contact CDDP via our form. To view the full list of videos presently available, click here.


The Art Research Center (ARC), part of Ritsumeikan University, is a leading hub for digital humanities research in Japanese art and culture. Since 2019, the ARC has been designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) as an international joint digital archiving center for Japanese Art and Culture, also known as ARC-iJAC.

The Early Japanese Books Portal Database, operated by ARC, is one of the largest of its kind worldwide. It boasts an ARC kuzushiji (calligraphy) transcription support system with AI-enable function to read kuzushiji. Enjoy the ease of adding ruby glosses on either side of characters as well!

Watch our CDDP video on the ARC's fascinating initiatives and tools to find out how to register your project, how to receive an ID and password, and how to transcribe a text with the help of AI. Take advantage of this resource, which even has tutors who will check your transcription. You can also check out the texts that have been transcribed by others! Visit our CDDP video series page to see this and many other videos on enhancing your Japan studies with the latest digital resources and developments.


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