A Tiny Use Case approach to a preliminary overview of formal and stylistic transformations of character designs between the 1990s and 2000s

This is a guest post written by Oscar García Aranda, who is currently a PhD Candidate and pre-doctoral researcher in the Department of Translation, Interpretation and East Asian Studies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and who undertook a short research stay at the JVMG project with us in Stuttgart to work on further developing his dissertation research.

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JVMG Project Phase One Wrap-Up Workshop

Last week of January we had a fantastic experience hosting the JVMG project phase one wrap-up workshop at Stuttgart Media University with an amazing line-up of collaborators and supporters, some of whom have already contributed to the success of the project over the past three and a half years and others who we are hoping to work and collaborate with going forward. But what made this workshop so special was the lively dialogue between so many different backgrounds and interests, from the representatives of the online enthusiast communities, through academic research librarians, developers and researchers working on various digital humanities and large scale database projects in musicology, literary and fan studies and Japanese media, to researchers from game and media studies, anime and manga research, Japanese studies and even law, from all across Europe, Japan and even North America.

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Introduction to Digital Humanities for Japanese Studies with the Japanese Visual Media Graph project at Stockholm University

We are happy to report that last week we had the opportunity to introduce the JVMG project as part of Professor Jaqueline Berndt’s BA Thesis Course at the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Stockholm University.

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Our article on the legal integration of the JVMG knowledge graph is now available online

The article version of our presentation at POSSP 2021: Putting Open Social Scholarship Into Practice on the legal integration of the JVMG knowledge graph written together with Dr Simone Schroff is now available open access in the 4th issue of Pop! Public. Open. Participatory.: Harmonizing Open Licenses among Online Databases of Enthusiast Communities: Challenges for the Legal Integration of Databases in the Japanese Visual Media Graph Project.

Workshop on Digital Humanities, Linked Open Data and Games Research at Stuttgart Media University

On the 15th of August we held a small one-day workshop on the topics of digital humanities, linked open data and games research at Stuttgart Media University with colleagues from Leipzig University as well as a researcher from France starting work at Ritsumeikan University. The four presentations and the ensuing discussions revolved around some of the core interests of the JVMG project, but also offered interesting perspectives on potential future directions for expanding the project.

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Presenting at the 18. Deutschsprachigen Japanologentag

The three-day 18. Deutschsprachiger Japanologentag (18th German Language Japanese Studies Day) organized by the Institut für Modernes Japan at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf was held online at the end of August. We are happy to report that the JVMG project was represented with two different presentations at this central triennial German language conference on Japanese Studies. Digital humanities and open science in Japanese Studies were both major topics at the conference, and it was great to see so many excellent projects and initiatives.

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