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  • Request for Comments on Web Archiving of Japanese Shashi 2010 年 3 月 25 日 Request for Comments on Web Archiving of Japanese Shashi Introduction Thank you all for your kindness to give me the opportunity to talk about Japanese Shashi. Especially, I want to say thank you to Mr. Hiroyuki Good. He has a good memory and requested me to talk about what I asked him last year. Last year, after the meeting of Shashi interest group, I asked him “Nowadays, like usual books and magazines, Shashi is transferring from paper to web. Isn’t it time to collect and archive website of Japanese companies?” Today, I’m going to tell you my idea and proposal to realize my idea. As you see “Request for Comments” in the title, this is a kind of suggestion; I want to hear your honest opinions after my talk. Crisis in Japanese Shashi in the age of Digital As I mentioned already, my main topic is web archiving of Japanese companies’ websites. Some of you may feel like “Why is web archiving required, when we can use Wayback Machine by Internet Archive Foundation?” [Slide #2] Crisis in Japanese Shashi in the age of digital #1 2 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Of course Wayback Machine is a great web site, but we can’t use it if we don’t know URLs. So, Wayback Machine is not perfect. We should have more usable system and interface. Moreover we have to hurry up setting up web archive of Japanese Shashi because every day, so many companies go to bankrupt and vanish. Let me show you some numbers. [Slide #3] Page 1 of 4
  • Request for Comments on Web Archiving of Japanese Shashi 2010 年 3 月 25 日 Crisis in Japanese Shashi in the age of digital #2 Companies 3M domains 0.3M Failed Firms 13k 3 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. At this time, the numbers of companies are more than 3M as of 2008 according to governmental stats. Second line is the number of companies which have their own domains, which means websites. As of beginning of this March, there are 0.3 M company domains are published. And last year, at least 13k companies went to bankrupt (TDB). It means that we might have lost those failed firm’s records and histories. Way of Archiving against Crisis How should we face this crisis? Honestly saying, I don’t have any clear plan, but I can offer a possible direction of web archiving based on my experience as a member of the national committee to discuss the possibility of web archiving in Japan for several years. My plan is as follows. [Slide #4] Way of Archiving against Crisis 1. Collecting all URLs 2. Developing relations 1. Internet Archive 2. National Diet Library (NDL) 3. University of Tokyo 3. Collecting past and present companies’ websites 4 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. First task is to collect all URLs of Japanese companies. Second one is developing relations with relevant organizations like Internet Archive, National Diet Library (NDL) and University of Tokyo. Internet Archive has a huge web archive and provides it on the web. NDL have the right to archive public and governmental websites without permission from the first day of the next month by revision of NDL law. University of Tokyo has a huge web Page 2 of 4
  • Request for Comments on Web Archiving of Japanese Shashi 2010 年 3 月 25 日 archive called “Socio Sense” internally, though it is not known among people. Third is collecting past and present companies’ websites from relevant organizations I just mentioned. Finally, this is very important. How do we make money to do that? Fundraising for Web Archiving My answer to the final task is fundraising. We have good news. Library Advancement Foundation was established in 2008, and established grants in 4 fields. How many people know this foundation and grant? Raise your hand, please. Thank you. For your reference, Library Advancement Foundation has a strong connection with TRC, because basic fund of this foundation is actually from Mr. Tsutomu Ishi, the founder of TRC. And the basic fund is 4 billion and 0.7 M dollars were granted to 14 applicants. So, my idea is very simple. How about applying for this grant? Actually, the foundation will start accepting applications very soon, on April 1st. Detailed schedule is as follows. [Slide #5] Fundraising for Web Archiving April 1 Start Accepting April 30 Deadline Initial Screening May 14 (by document) Final Review May 22 (by interview) 5 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Deadline of application is the end of next month. 2 weeks after deadline, initial documentary screening will be done. And the interview for final review will be held on May 22 in Tokyo. What should we do? This is my plan. But still there is a remaining task. According to the rule of Library Advancement Foundation, only organizations and individuals in Japan can apply for their grant. It means that this interest group can’t apply directly. But as all of you know well, commitment of this group is very necessary because you’ve played a big role for a long time to develop Japanese Shashi. Here is my last proposal. Though there is only a month until deadline, Page 3 of 4
  • Request for Comments on Web Archiving of Japanese Shashi 2010 年 3 月 25 日 how about organizing the network for Japanese Shashi development? [Slide #6] What should we do Japan-America Network for Japanese Shashi Development 6 Copyright Academic Resource Guide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. I think, people in Japan and people in United Sates can cooperate with each other. Concretely saying, if some of us agree with this proposal, let’s establish “Japan-America Network for Japanese Shashi Development”, this is tentative name. I’m looking forward to hearing your opinion about whether you agree with this plan or not. [Slide #7] Thank you! Makoto Okamoto President / Producer, Academic Resource Guide, Inc. 7 Copyright アカデミック・リソース・ガイド株式会社 All Rights Reserved. Thank you. Page 4 of 4