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Articles | Volume 1
15 Jul 2019
 | 15 Jul 2019

Digital archiving the space and memory of Kyoto across space and time using GIS

Naomi Kawasumi, Hirotaka Sato, Shunpei Yamamoto, and Keiji Yano

Keywords: Digital Humanities, GIS database, Open data, Large-scale Maps of Kyoto City, Modern Kyoto

Abstract. Digital Humanities (DH) is expected to generate new knowledge within traditional Humanities including history, literature, and the arts. DH utilizes computational media to conduct research on concepts such as consciousness and awareness, then analyzes, integrates and presents the outcomes. GIS has become widespread within DH research (Yano et al. 2011). This study aims to consider the archiving of various information concepting Kyoto using GIS. It also aims to understand landscape value in Kyoto. Since Heian-Kyo, Kyoto has existed for over 1,200 years of history. So, it is necessary to collect various information about Kyoto such as literature, art, maps, and photographs for research on the urban history of Kyoto. The digitalization and construction of a GIS database are useful to preserve and release information about Kyoto.

The Digital Archive of the Historical City of Kyoto that we are aiming to produce includes content such as literary works, paintings, photographs, and intangible cultural assets like festivals including the Gion Festival, traditional arts, and memories. Them did not simply listed in a database but had released with geospatial information, such as maps, as a platform linked to place.

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