Collaborative Research

Cultural Resources Digital Platforms for Open Humanities

Project Leader: Yusuke Nakamura (Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology)
Co-Investigator: Fumiko Sugimoto (Historiographical Institute), Ikki Omukai (Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology), Satoru Nakamura (Historiographical Institute), Mariko Kasahara (HMC)
Co-Investigator (The University of Tokyo):Rikutaro Manabe(School of Engineering)
Co-Investigator (Other Universities/Institutes):Yuichiro Taira (The Center of Creative Inheritance for the Future at the Tokyo University of the Arts), Jun Ogawa(Center for Open Data in the Humanities)
Collaborating Researcher: Shintaro Seki (Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology)

Today, with the advent of ever faster and more ubiquitous networked computers, it has become mundane to quantify, record and accumulate the behaviors of nature, people and artifacts in digital format. This situation has brought about a new opportunity for research on “cultural resources,”, namely the legacies of diverse human activities. Networked digital technologies are a form of what are called “general-purpose technologies,” and can therefore be customized to some extent according to the purposes of each field. One of the promising outlooks for cultural resources is the development of open digital platforms for (re-)exploring the potential of various cultural resources. And yet, this new opportunity also gives rise to a set of hitherto little experienced challenges, such as close collaboration between the humanities, STEM and art, and the control of non-rivalry and non-excludability of digital and physical assets. This collaborative research project takes on these challenges with a wide-ranging team of researchers from both within and outside the university. Our main research topic is the potential of virtual 3D spaces for (re-)explorations of various cultural resources such as books, relics, stage sets, community space, and historical sites from the vantage point of non-geek users. We embark on the project in collaboration with the following two on-site projects: the Inari-yu Nagaya Bathhouse Project and the University of Tokyo Co-Op Chuo Dining Hall Project.