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  • 1. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project)# Introduction Hi, I’m Makoto Okamoto, the President and Producer of Academic Resource Guide,Inc. and the Project Leader of saveMLAK project.========================================== It’s a great pleasure for me to have this opportunity to report from Japan to you.And I want to say “Thank you” for all of your kind supports to Japan after March eleven.==========================================# Activity of saveMLAK The very next day of March eleven, I and others started saveMLAK project which
  • 2. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project)is relief aid for museums, libraries, archives and Kominkans. Kominkan is a kind ofcommunity center in Japan.========================================== One of our activities is collecting and sharing what kind of damages they had andwhat kind of relief they need.========================================== To realize this, we have been engaged in three actions.========================================== First, we launched a Wiki system on which everyone can enter and edit
  • 3. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project)information like Wikipedia. Second, we asked people on Twitter to participate in editing this Wiki and we areusing Twitter and other social media to communicate with our supporters. Third, we held off-line meet-up ten times to disseminate how to edit our Wiki andto encourage each other. Since March twelve, we have continued our activities and maintained our Wiki fora year.========================================== As a result, more than three hundred people joined and created more than twentytwo thousand pages. Now we also collect and share information of eight hundred damagedmuseums, libraries archives and kominkans. We can say that our saveMLAK Wiki is theonly portal to collect and share all information of cultural facilities damaged by earthquakeand tsunami.========================================== From our huge data, we provided data of external links to each facility to JDarchive of Harvard and Internet Archive as the seeds for their crawling and archiving.
  • 4. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project)# Significance of saveMALK========================================== Then, what is the significance of our activities? I would like to point out twoaspects of the saveMLAK project that indicate the desired direction for archiving activities.One is the objects for archiving and the other is the range of archiving.========================================== First, now in Japan, there are a lot of digital archiving projects. For example,Yahoo! JAPAN, Google, National Research Institute for Earth Science and DisasterPrevention and National Diet Library are trying to build their archive to record andmemorize this tragedy. Of course, these projects are very important. But, as you may know,using only images and movies as media was insufficient to capture the reality of thetragedy.==========================================
  • 5. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project) On the other hand, our saveMLAK Wiki is a character-based database. This isanother type of digital archiving of disaster. It is as important as archiving by photos andmovies. In damaged area, there are so many different kinds of facilities and functions likestores, hospitals, fire houses, cop shops, schools, banks, hotels, and so on. But even now,unlike museums, libraries, archives and kominkans, details of the overall damages of suchfacilities and functions are not yet known. The actual situation of such damages must berecorded and memorized by recording by not only photos and videos but characters andarchiving as well.========================================== Second, the majority of archival projects focuses on the three worst-hit prefectures,Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. On the other hand, saveMLAK wiki covers eighteenprefectures damaged by earthquake and tsunami regardless of the extent of the damage.Not only Tohoku area, but Hokkaido, Kanto and Chubu should also be considered asdamaged areas. In short, archiving activities should target entire east Japan. In addition,after March eleventh, not only in east Japan but in west Japan, various activities andmaterials emerged regarding the tragedy. These materials must also be archived.==========================================
  • 6. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project) In my presentation, I pointed out two aspects. One is the objects for archiving andthe other is the range of archiving. We have to think from various perspectives and try torecord and archive disaster in various ways.# Conclusion========================================== When we discuss the topic “Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan SinceMarch eleven” after our short presentation, I want to add this point of view.========================================== Our saveMLAK Project is still continuing to edit and maintain our Wiki for
  • 7. AAS Roundtable Archiving Disaster in the Digital Age Japan Since March 11 Makoto Okamoto (Academic Resource Guide, Inc. / saveMLAK Project)archiving and sharing and to support recovery of MLAKs in Tohoku now and we needfinancial support. Then…========================================== Please donate to us after our roundtable. We can give you our original goods likeT-Shirts, Eco bug and a set of file and postcard, in appreciation of your kindness. Thankyou.