"Memory Platform" has two viewpoints.
The first viewpoint is information platform to deal with personal and collective memories in the communities. The main target is sharing memories using photographs and maps, or sharing memories about before and after disasters. To share memories, we first need to do research on how to collect and preserve memories. Next we need to do research on how to compare or present memories for people to remind and use memories. This topic is also related to digital humanities, and the first goal is to create a new type of information platform for persistent sharing of memories.
The second viewpoint is information platform for a memory institution, which is a concept to integrate the museum, the library, and the archive. Those institutions are collectively called MLA, which have different history and purposes, but their common missions may be extracted based on the concept of "memory" such as persistently keeping knowledge and memories of the community. This concept is sometimes criticized as emphasizing commonality in an overly simplified manner. However, taking advantage of commonalities among similar missions, the second goal is to create a new type of information platform beyond digital archives.
Memory platform in our research has two viewpoints stated above. On one hand, we deal with the problem of memories in the communities, but on the other hand, we explore a new approach for sharing memories in the community through the integration of MLA approaches.
Memory Platform is currently developed within a project of Center for Open Data in the Humanities.
Archiving disaster-related data is also ongoing at Digital Typhoon and Digital Archive of Great East Japan Earthquake.