Public presentation on the JVMG project organized by PABKOM and KTKK

Last Friday we had the pleasure of introducing the JVMG project in Hungarian to a packed room at the public presentation and discussion organized by the Communication and Media Studies Working Committee of the Pécs Regional Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (PABKOM) together with the Comics Studies Research Center (KTKK) at the University of Pécs. A short report by PABKOM can be found here. We would like to thank Zsolt Szijártó and Gyula Maksa for their kind invitation and hospitality. It was a wonderful opportunity to finally present on the JVMG to a Hungarian audience, and we look forward to potential future collaborations to come out of the many stimulating discussions that took place.

Photo by PABKOM, used with permission.

New online materials on the Watanabe Collection at the Archive Center for Anime Studies, Niigata University

We are happy to report that the Archive Center for Anime Studies at the Asian Link Research Center, Niigata University has published a detailed website about their ongoing research in relation to the Watanabe Collection, one of their core collections. This comprehensive overview explores not only the story and contents of the collection itself, but also the development of handling intermediate production materials in the anime industry in general, and the various legal implications of these practices past and present especially regarding preservation and research work with such materials.

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Presenting at the Metadata Models for Digital Archiving of Intangible and Experiential Cultural Entities workshop at IFDIK 2023

The Workshop on Metadata Models for Digital Archiving of Intangible and Experiential Cultural Entities organized by Shigeo Sugimoto took place on the 4th of December in Taipei at the International Forum on Data, Information, and Knowledge for Resilient and Trustworthy Digital Societies (IFDIK 2023). IFDIK 2023 brought together three major conferences: the 25th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2023), the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP 2023) and the AP-iConference 2023 (the annual meeting of Asia-Pacific chapter of iSchools, AP-iSchools).

We were very happy to be able to participate in this specialist workshop focusing on some of the immediate concerns of the JVMG project, namely discussing “digital archiving and metadata issues for various cultural entities in new domains, such as intangible cultural heritage, video games, animations, comics (Manga), performing arts, social events, and disasters.”1

Photo by the organizers, used with permission.
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Presenting at the “Doing things with anime materials: Approaching Japanese animation away from the screen” workshop

On the 21st of November we had the absolute pleasure of participating in the Doing things with anime materials: Approaching Japanese animation away from the screen workshop organized by Dario Lolli, hosted by the Durham Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and sponsored by The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) and the DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The workshop focused on anime intermediate production materials: their range, preservation, circulation, collection as well as their significance for research on anime. Durham University’s Oriental Museum served as both venue and focus for the workshop with its collection of both anime intermediate production materials as well as Japanese popular visual media.

Durham Castle photo by Carla Brain (source via Wikimedia Commons)
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Presenting at Estudios de Anime. Del objeto a las humanidades digitales.

Picture by Ana Soler Baena

On September 15th we took part in the mini-symposium Estudios de Anime. Del objeto a las humanidades digitales (Anime studies. From the object to the digital humanities.) organized by the research group dx5 digital_&_graphic_art_research at the Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidade de Vigo. This event was a wonderful opportunity to introduce the JVMG project in Spanish for the first time, as well as further develop our collaborations with our Spanish colleagues from both Pontevedra and Barcelona. There is even a detailed report on the mini-symposium in Galician.

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Upcoming workshop participations, 2023 September-December

During the current autumn semester we will be taking part in the following two upcoming workshops:

Estudios de Anime. Del objeto a las humanidades digitales. (Anime studies. From the object to the digital humanities.) Organized by the research group dx5 digital_&_graphic_art_research at the Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidade de Vigo. The workshop will take place in Pontevedra on September 15.

On the 4th of December we will be at the Workshop on Metadata Models for Digital Archiving of Intangible and Experiential Cultural Entities, which will be held at The 25th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2023) as a part of the International Forum on Data, Information, and Knowledge for Resilient and Trustworthy Digital Societies (IFDIK 2023) which will be taking place December 4 to 7 in Taipei.

Poster presentation at GrapHNR 2023

The last event we participated in before our summer break end of July was GrapHNR 2023: Graphs and Networks in the fourth dimension – time and temporality as categories of connectedness, which was a joint conference of the Historical Network Research community and Graphs & Networks in the Humanities. And it proved to be a real summer firework display of amazing research as well as wonderful software projects, with a very international and highly engaged line-up of speakers and guests.

The whole four-day program can be found here. Due to the length of the program, we will only concentrate on highlighting some of the main points from the opening and closing keynote presentations here, which were both very inspiring and an absolute treat. Our own poster presentation by Magnus Pfeffer and Tobias Malmsheimer on the JVMG frontend can be found at the end of this blogpost.

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Presenting at the Ontologies for Narrative and Fiction workshop

The first week of July we were in Groningen to join Federico Pianzola and the GOLEM team at the University of Groningen for a hybrid workshop on Ontologies for Narrative and Fiction (in cooperation with the Center for Language and Cognition, the Center for Digital Humanities, and the Jantina Tammes School of Digital Society, Technology and AI). This workshop was a very special event bringing together an amazing spectrum of expertise and experience with modelling themes, genres, narratives and characters in fiction using an array of approaches from BFO, CIDOC-CRM/FRBRoo/LRMoo, the Wikibase data model, Schema.org, custom bottom-up models and so on, as well as with exploring the potential interoperability of these models. All the presentation slides are now available on the workshop’s page.

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Visiting the Archive Center for Anime Studies

Beginning of June we visited the Archive Center for Anime Studies at the Asian Link Research Center, Niigata University, and met with lead researchers Minori Ishida and Joon Yang Kim. The archive currently houses two collections (the Watanabe Collection and the Takeda Collection) of intermediate production materials – such as storyboards, animation cels, background images, etc. – used in the creation of animation works.

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Project funding is extended by another 36 months

The Japanese Visual Media Graph project is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The first grant was for a period of 36 months and the funding program allows for a second grant to continue the project.

We applied for the continuation grant in 2022 and in early June 2023, we received the notice of approval. The reviewers lauded the project idea and the results of the first project phase.

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