M?noa: Rare 200-year-old Japanese scrolls made accessible worldwide | University of Hawaii News

“Students and scholars at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa (and worldwide) can now easily access and view the fine details of rare, hand-painted Japanese scrolls, made possible by UH M?noa Library’s new state-of-the-art digitization lab. The scrolls titled ????? (Geigyo ransh?roku), or “A simple overview of whaling” were created in 1819 and gifted to UH in 2020 by Deborah Rudolph to honor the memory of her late husband, John Harvard Hawley. They depict the entire process of whale hunting during Japan’s Edo period (1600–1868). 

Previously only viewable in-person and by appointment in the library’s Asia Collection, the scrolls are now available online in high resolution, beyond what a user would see in person. 

The digitization project was the library’s largest and most challenging to date, with the two scrolls measuring 39 feet and 35 feet, respectively….”

Launch of the East Asia Digital Library?National Diet Library

“The East Asia Digital Library (EADL), a portal site for cultural and scientific resources in East Asian languages, was launched on December 17, 2020. Configuration and operation of the EADL is being performed by the National Library of Korea (NLK) with the cooperation of the National Diet Library (NDL). The EADL is unique in that it allows integrated searches of historical materials in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages held by either the NLK or the NDL. Both libraries have provided metadata for roughly 4,000 historical materials, and at present some 8,000 items are available in digital form. In addition to simple keyword searches, users can perform advanced searches by title, creator, or subject matter. Additional items will be added as they become available. In addition to viewing digitized images of most materials by clicking a link to the digital platform of the host library, users can also enjoy browsing an online exhibition entitled the East Asia Digital Library Collection, which can be displayed chronologically or by subject matter. Additionally, metadata for EADL content is available via an EADL API service, which allows users convenient access to data for easy use in other systems or applications.”

15 ways to convert subscribed journals to open access

From Google Translate: “In August 2016, a report systematically summarizing how to convert academic journals operated by subscription fee income to open access (OA) by the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication in Harvard University Library in the United States Has been released.

?The main objective of this report is to provide various scenarios of conversion to OA. Since the environmental conditions such as the subject field and financial situation vary from journal to journal, indicating many choices leads to individualized journals making informed decisions about conversion to OA . The breakdown of the scenario is that scenario of funds source is 10 for the paper processing cost (APC), and scenario with source other than APC is 5. For each scenario, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis was shown in addition to the four items “relevant publisher type”, “preconditions”, “related fields” and “purpose of conversion” , Making it easier to check deeply relevant scenarios for your case. A table in which these are summarized briefly is published on the research data publishing platform figshare, so please refer to it as appropriate. Below is a summary of each scenario….”