Literature Web Site Receives International
11, 2000 -- The Japanese Text Initiative, based at
the University of Virginia Librarys 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 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 Congresss American Memory
project last year.
Japanese Text Initiative (JTI) is a 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
project 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.
of the Web site is growing dramatically, according to the projects
co-director, Deputy University Librarian Kendon Stubbs. The Japanese
texts are now accessed 80,000 times per month by 22,000 visitors
from all over the world, he said. An average of 150 readers from
Japan come to the site each day. Recent visitors came from not only
larger countries worldwide but also smaller ones including Peru,
Bulgaria, Monaco, and Tonga, Stubbs said.
Cook, a professor of Japanese literature at Queens College of the
City University of New York and a contributor to the project, said,
"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 it indispensable to scholars."
Iwabuchi, U.Va. Library coordinator of the Japanese Text Initiative,
accepted the award in a ceremony Sept. 27 in Kyoto.
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.
Melissa Norris, (804) 924-4254