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Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters (JDA): New Content and Features for 2013

The Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters ( has launched a new front page, along with new content and features that enhance the usefulness and accessibility of the archive. The front page now includes: Links to an overview of the archive, a list of partner organizations, and navigational help, available in both English and Japanese. A stream of recently uploaded "Collections," or user-curated exhibitions of archived items. New content includes: A "Translate" button that allows users to add their own translations of item descriptions, in any preferred language. Images and full-text news articles from the Asahi Newspaper Companys Englishlanguage Asia & Japan Watch website Japanese headlines from a variety of other news sources such as the Jiji Press and the Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei newspapers. Japanese news broadcast videos from NHK. New website content updated almost daily In addition, two upcoming features will be available in the early fall: A bookmarklet that can be dragged to the browser toolbar to add content to the archive from any web page. A presentation editor that will allow users to build interactive multimedia presentations out of materials in the archive. We hope these updates enhance the content, design, and interactivity of the JDA. If you have any feedback or examples of how you have used the archive, please feel free to contact us at info[at] The Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters project ( is an initiative of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in collaboration with several partners. We aim to collect, preserve, and make accessible as much of the digital record of the disasters as possible, to enable scholarly research and analysis of the events and their effect.

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Nick Kapur Project Manager Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Harvard University

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