Presenting at Mechademia Kyoto 2023: Aftermath

The Mechademia conference series (in association with the Mechademia journal) is definitely one of the most important English language annual events for researchers working on anime, manga, otaku culture and related topics. Last year our former project member Luca Bruno presented at the Mechademia US conference (see his report here), and the year before that we introduced the JVMG project at the online Mechademia Kyoto conference (you can read our report here). This year’s conference, titled Mechademia Kyoto 2023: Aftermath, was held once again in Kyoto, hosted by the Kyoto International Manga Museum and Kyoto Seika University, between May 27-29, and it was a huge success with not only the program packed full of presentations on all aspects of the field but also the rooms overflowing with record visitor numbers.

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Report on FanLIS 2023: Halliday Journals and holodecks: audiences and information in sci-fi fandoms

This year saw the third installment of the FanLIS symposium series (see our reports on the first and second event) – organized by CityLIS – take place on the 18th of May, once again online. All talks and the corresponding chat history are now available online. This year’s title and theme was Halliday Journals and holodecks: audiences and information in sci-fi fandoms. As Ludi Price, co-organizer of the event, explained in her opening address the theme of SF is quite central to the intersection of fan studies and library and information science for a number of reasons. First of all, SF is one of the most important genres for the development of organized fandom as we know it today. Second, the roots of fan information behaviour can also be traced to the genre and the beginnings of fanzin culture. Third, SF is an important domain for the historicizing of fandom. For example, in The Comet, the first SF fanzine, we can see how the modern fan world began to take shape. Fourth, SF works also hold up a mirror to how we conceptualize information needs: are librarians needed in the far future?, after the apocalypse?, or once information access becomes omnipresent? Will information be savoured or so interwoven with our everyday ways of operation that it will no longer be visible as a result of being taken for granted. Fifth, fans have also been at the forefront of appropriating new technologies for fan activities and information provision activities and in this way are always representatives of the near future SF that is just around the corner.

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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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Presenting at SWIB 2022

The annual conference SWIB 2022 was held for the 14th time, and the third time online due to the pandemic. SWIB focuses on Linked Open Data in libraries and related organizations, where IT staff, developers, librarians, and researchers meet and learn from each others.

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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.