A concept for the digitalization of Japanese handscrolls
in German collections

Creating a concept for the digitalization of Japanese handscrolls in German collections” is conceived by the Institute of East Asian Art HistoryExterner Inhalt and the Heidelberg Research Architecture of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”Externer Inhalt at Heidelberg University (Term: November 2016 – July 2017). It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Painted and calligraphed on paper or silk, the handscrolls measure several meters, and date mostly to the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. Featuring a combination of calligraphy and paintings and in some cases either calligraphy or painting, the scrolls present an intriguing as well as highly complex research subject.

The project aims to create a concept for a strategic digitization of 266 handscrolls, owned by five different museum and library collections in Germany.

Many scrolls are not digitalized and while some are registered in diverse databases, they neither offer a virtual experience of their particular material properties, nor do they provide annotations to the viewer. In order to afford that unique experience and to motivate future generations of researchers to take a closer look at this fascinating field of investigation, the DIJAQ project develops solutions for sustainable data management, investigates the juridical and technical conditions for the digitalization process and its sustainability, and coordinates different standards in close collaboration with the five museums and libraries involved. The results derived from this project serve to create a concept for the digitalization of the scrolls, so as to render them accessible to the public, and for further research.

DIJAQ Team: Sebastian Wellmann, Johannes Alisch, Eric Decker, Annelie Schmidt, Melanie Trede

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung


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Latest Revision: 2017-07-25
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