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HUMI
HUmanities Media Interface

HUMI
HUMI (Humanities Media Interface) project involves the "introduction of new information processing + transmission methods for research in the field of humanities". By introducing digital technologies into such humanities as literature, art and history, this project aims to design a "Research Museum" as a Humanities Research Information Center.

Project URL: http://www.humi.keio.ac.jp
Contact: HUMI Project Office
Kazuki SatoE-mail:satok@mita.lib.keio.ac.jp
Tel 03-5427-1644 (direct)

Background

This project was started when Keio University had the opportunity to obtain a copy of the Gutenberg Bible in 1996. Its activities have already continued for four years led by staff from the Faculties of Literature, Science and Engineering and Environmental Information(*).

Features

The HUMI project is mainly operated by a research group involved in the field of humanities (digital philology group). In addition, this group exchanges information with famous research libraries abroad in order to establish a global standard.

Challenges

In order to build a research museum that has mainly Western, Japanese and Chinese old books, research is being conducted on storage methods for old books, validation of digital image input technologies, development of technologies on image information management and issues related to intellectual properties owned by multiple groups.

Research plan

Through the digitization of old materials in Japanese and Chinese and in Western languages, the problems of material storage, digitization methods, and image management will be practically solved to develop a research tool.

Current status

This project promotes digitization of the Gutenberg Bible in foreign countries and accumulates know-how on various digital archiving techniques by cooperating in the demonstration experiments of the pilot electronic library conducted by the Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA).

Expected results

Methods of accumulation, arrangement, production or transmission of humanities information shall be established and a Keio University humanities research museum will reflect the results.

Researchers, managers and professors

Name Title
o Masatoshi Shibukawa Professor, Faculty of Environmental Information(*)
Kenji Naemura Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Youichi Washimi Professor, Faculty of Letters
Toshiyuki Takamiya Professor, Faculty of Letters
Kimio Hosono Professor, Faculty of Letters
Toshimi Matsuda Professor, Faculty of Letters
Andrew Armour Professor, Faculty of Letters
Shigeaki Iwai Faculty of Letters
Shinji Ozawa Professor, Faculty of Science & Technology
Hidenari Inoue Professor, Faculty of Science & Technology
Masaaki Kashimura Researcher, HUMI Project

(*) Renamed to "Faculty of Environment and Information Studies" in 2007