U.VA. LIBRARY JAPANESE TEXT INITIATIVE WEB SITE
October 9, 2000 - The Japanese Text Initiative,
based at the University of Virginia’s Electronic Text Center, has been named
the winner of the second annual Digital Archives Award by Digital
Frontier Kyoto, representing a consortium of the city and prefecture of
Kyoto, Japan, and of businesses and universities in Japan. The prestigious award, presented to a digital project that exemplifies cutting-edge
technology and rich content in preserving world culture, went to the Library of Congressís American Memory project last year.
The Japanese Text Initiative (JTI) is an ongoing
collaborative electronic text project between the U.Va. Library and the University of Pittsburgh Library
, with participation by scholars in the U.S. and Japan. The JTI puts
on the Web authoritative editions in both Japanese and English
translations of the masterpieces of classical Japanese literature, from
its beginnings in the 8th century through modern novels and poetry. Among
the online texts are The Tale of Genji, classics of haiku poetry, Kabuki
plays, and others. The JTI is at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese.
According to the JTI co-director, Kendon Stubbs, usage of
the JTI Web site is growing dramatically. "The Japanese texts are now
accessed 80,000 times per month by 22,000 visitors from all over the
world. 150 visitors from Japan come to the site each day." Recent visitors
came from not only larger countries like Japan, Australia, and Germany,
but also countries such as Peru, Bulgaria, Monaco, and Tonga, Stubbs said.
Lewis Cook, professor of Japanese literature at Queens
College of the City University of New York, and a contributor to the JTI,
stated, "The JTI was a trail-blazer in putting Japanese texts on the Web.
The capability of searching for any word in any of the JTI texts makes the
JTI indispensable to scholars. I am delighted that this achievement has
been recognized by the Kyoto award."
Sachiko Iwabuchi, coordinator of the Japanese Text
Initiative, accepted the award in a ceremony on September 27 in Kyoto.
The Japanese texts are part of 51,000 online texts at the
U.Va. Electronic Text Center site at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/.
The Etext Center, founded in 1992, was the first electronic center of its
kind, and provides Internet access to humanities-related XML texts.
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