The 10th annual conference of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities, JADH2020: “A New Decade in Digital Scholarship: Microcosms and Hubs” hosted by the Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University took place in virtual space this last weekend (20-22 November 2020).
Among others, the program featured the panel Tracing playful media practice: Challenges for Theory, Methodology, and Infrastructure organized and chaired by one of our project leads, Martin Roth. The panel showcased three presentations on games research and digital resource building projects.
First, Akito Inoue‘s (Ritsumeikan University, see also his personal website: http://www.critiqueofgames.net/) introduced his current research project probing the potential unique characteristics of game play experiences and strategies in different language areas in Can we measure cultural differences in games?
Second, Kazufumi Fukuda (Ritsumeikan University) presented on his ongoing work in relation to building a more extensive and more granular ontology for games in order to facilitate better research on video games in For the Development of a Data Model for Tracing “Play” with Video Games and the Media Culture.
Finally, the panel concluded with our project member, Zoltan Kacsuk‘s presentation (Revisiting “Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals” twenty years on: Can we use fan created databases to test one of Hiroki Azuma’s central arguments? – slides below) on his Tiny Use Case (see the blogpost series for details: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), which also introduced the JVMG project itself.
The conference was a wonderful opportunity to also meet other researchers working in the digital humanities on a range of different research topics. One of the most exciting of these projects for us was Federico Pianzola‘s (University of Milano-Bicocca & Sogang University) work on using linked data ontology creation to research patterns and trends on the fanfiction website Archive of Our Own: Linked-Potter: an example of ontology for the study of the evolution of literature and reading communities.
We would like to thank the organizers for this great conference, and look forward to JADH2021.Kacsuk_JADH_2020_rev2