Okumura Makito
National Diet Library. Assistant Director, Digital Information Planning Division, Digital Information Department

Promotion and Use of Digital Resources through Japan Search

Under the catchphrase "Make Digital Archives Blend into Everyday Life", Japan Search is a national platform that aggregates metadata from digital resources in various fields and provides an integrated search service, as well as APIs, and has a variety of functions in order to promote digital content usage. The National Diet Library, Japan (NDL) is in charge of operating the system and of collaborations with other organizations, in cooperation with many kinds of archives in Japan. Since its official release in August 2020, the number of databases linked to Japan Search has doubled, and it is currently linked to 170 databases from various institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and art galleries, and in total more than 25 million metadata items are searchable. In particular, Japan Search has recently been focusing on collaborations with local institutions that have made numerous local materials available to the public.

Japan Search is engaged in various efforts to promote the utilization of digital content. On individual content pages, examples of source descriptions can be copied, and the conditions for secondary use of content are displayed in an easy-to-understand manner to help users use content with confidence. In addition, Japan Search has functions that allow users to easily curate content. One of these functions, "My Gallery," allows users to curate digital content and create personal digital exhibitions.

Japan Search is currently being used in a variety of fields, including education, museum curatorial training, and events for children, and in this presentation we will show examples of its use cases.