1. Summary

"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.

2. Websites that Focus on Memories

  1. 311 Memories - Chronology with Serene Motion to Recollect Great East Japan Earthquake
  2. Isewan Typhoon Memories 2009 - Space for Feeling Data by Projecting Storm Tides in Real Scale
  3. Digital Typhoon: Database of Weather Charts for Hundred Years - Archive of Weather Charts in the Past and the History of Japanese Meteorological Observations
  4. Citadel of Bam, Iran: Keeping Memories and Gathering Information for Post-earthquake Reconstitution
  5. MemoryHunt - Mobile App for Hunting the Place of Memories
  6. Memorygraph - New Photography by Overlaying Memories

Archiving disaster-related data is also ongoing at Digital Typhoon and Digital Archive of Great East Japan Earthquake.

3. References (Complete List)

  1. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Memory Hunting: A Mobile App for Collecting the Location Metadata of Old Photographs", Fourth Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH2014), pp. 42-43, 2014-9 [ Abstract ]
  2. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Digital Humanities: Development of Media Technology Focusing on the "Interpretation" of Content", 5th Regular Meeting, Technical Committee on Industrial Application of Image Processing, The Japan Society for Precision Engineering, pp. 1-10, 2015-1 (Invited) (in Japanese) [ Abstract ] [ Paper ]
  3. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Memory Hunting: Creation of New Culture of Photography based on the Concept of Active Viewfinder", Interview Course of National Diet Library, 2015-3 (Invited) (in Japanese) [ Abstract ]
  4. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "MemoryHunt: A Mobile App with an Active Viewfinder for Crowdsourced Annotation through the Re-experience of the Photographer", Fifth Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH2015), 2015-9 [ Abstract ]
  5. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "An App for Simulating the Photographer of Old Photographs - Memory Hunting (MemoHunt)", Geomedia Summit Osaka 2015 - Possibilities of Spatio-Temporal Media, 2015-9 (Invited) (in Japanese) [ Abstract ]
  6. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Memory Hunting: A Mobile App for Finding New Relationships among Photographs, Time, and People", Nagasaki University Library Seminar, 2016-2 (Invited) (in Japanese) [ Abstract ]
  7. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Memory Platform for Disasters - Raising Awareness to Typhoon and Earthquake Disasters", International Workshop "Toward Building Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia", 2016-7 [ Abstract ]
  8. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Memorygraph: Potential of Archival Activities using a New Photographic Technique to Create a Layer of Memories", FOSS4G 2016 TOKYO, 2016-11 (Invited) (in Japanese) [ Abstract ]
  9. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "MemoryGraph: Digital Critique of Old Photographs Using a Mobile App that Enhances the Interpretation of Landscape", Digital Humanities 2017, 2017-8 [ Abstract ]
  10. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Co-Creative Research on Old Photographs Using Memorygraph - A New Photographic Technique that Creates a Layer of Memories", Symposium on Early Photographs about Nagasaki -The Original and Digital Archives-, 2018-4 (Invited) (in Japanese) [ Abstract ]
  11. Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Irreversibility of Disasters and the Spirit of Archives - Lessons from Digital Typhoon, Great East Japan Earthquake Digital Archives and Memorygraph", Digital Archive Basics 2 Reusing Disaster Records in the Future, Fumihiko IMAMURA, Chikahiko SUZUKI (Eds.), pp. 169-197, Bensei Shuppan, ISBN 978-4-585-20282-0, 2019-8 (in Japanese) [ Abstract ]