Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive Fund
- To share and preserve the wisdom of our ancestors for us and future generations -
It is one of Kyoto University Library Network's missions to securely preserve the rare book and manuscript collections Kyoto University holds and provide them for the use of researchers, in order to support academic research and contribute to society. As a means to share the information described in these rare materials more widely, Library Network has been digitizing them and making the data available on the internet. You may have seen some of the images, for example, on a history textbook at school or on a tourist brochure when sightseeing.
Many rare materials have become fragile through a long period of time and not everybody can take them in their hand as they want. However, if these rare materials are digitized and open to the public on the internet, we can learn the wisdom of our ancestors described there even at home. Still, many rare materials are waiting to be digitized, because the digitization process requires so much care and cost to restore the damaged part of the rare materials and to take digital photos of them with the utmost care for their physical conditions.
This fund will support the digitization of the rare materials Kyoto University holds and open access to the digitized data in "Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive". The digitized data, as a common property of society, is freely reusable for your creative activities. We hope to contribute to the promotion of academic research and the development of education and culture by digitizing the rare materials handed down to our generation and making them available to the world, while preserving the original materials for future generations.
Your kind understanding and support would be greatly appreciated.
|Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive||Plans and documents of Kyoto Imperial Palace from Nakai Collection||Tanimura Collection|
|Your donation will be used for the following purposes.|
|Restoration of the rare materials||Restoration of the damaged part of the rare materials|
|Digitization of the rare materials||Digital capture of the rare materials, creation of their metadata and ingest of the digital data into the open archive system|
|We sincerely thank you for supporting this fund. As a token of our appreciation, we have prepared the following benefits in recognition of our donors.|
Benefits from Kyoto University Fund
Please refer to this site.
Benefits from Kyoto University Library Network
|JPY10,000 or more||－||－||Library Network design goods (writing pad with motifs from our rare materials)|
|JPY500,000 or more||Library card (valid for 5 years)||Entries in Donor List of Kyoto University Rare Materials Digital Archive|
* Donors who wish to remain anonymous are not listed.
|JPY1,000,000 or more||Library card (valid for 10 years)|
|JPY3,000,000 or more||Library card (valid for lifetime)|
* A library card will be issued to non-Kyoto University members based on the Main Library's regulation on honorary librarian (Japanese only).
* If the donor is a corporation, one library card will be issued to the representative of the corporation.
* If the donor already has a library card with a different period of validity or different service privilege, the donor should choose which library card to be activated.
■Tax Benefits (for donors in Japan)
Your donation is tax-deductible according to the Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law of Japan.
Please refer to this site.
■How to Donate
Please refer to this site.|
Donations to this fund can be made online with a credit card.
|Using your donation, then, how are the rare materials digitized?|
Here are the specific steps of the digitization and some of our rare collections to be digitized.
■How the rare materials are digitized and appear on the internet
|1. Selection of the materials||2. Restoration of the materials||3. Digital capture of the materials||4. Creation of metadata||5. Data ingest into the open archive system|
|The materials to be digitized are selected according to their importance and users' demand for them.||The damaged part of the materials are restored or conserved in the most suitable ways.||Digital photos are taken using suitable cameras or scanners. Large-sized materials may be separately scanned and the data are merged later.||Metadata (titles, authors, physical descriptions and other bibliographic data) are created.||The images and the metadata are ingested into the archive system open to the public.|
■Rare collections to be digitized (to be followed by more)
Zokyo Shoin Collection
Library Planning Section, Library Planning Division, Main Library, Kyoto University
e-mail: kikin660[a]mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace "[a]" with "@")
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 JAPAN