Digitalization of Korean Classics
As part of the Center for Korean Studies Materials project, AKS is currently converting vast volumes of Korean classics into digital format. Under this ten-year project begun in 2008, ancient Korean books and manuscripts, located both within and outside Korea, will be digitalized, and a network will be built for sharing of the digitalized resources. To process and store data of various different types efficiently and systematically, we are developing a standard framework to design an integrated database. For greater ease-of-use and the convenience of academic and general users, Korean Studies data will be linked with visual aid items such as electronic maps and chronology tables.
With the Center for Korean Studies Materials serving as the hub, the project is participated in by five regional centers [i.e. the Gyujanggak Institute of Korean Studies in Seoul, the Jangseogak Archives in Gyeonggi Province, the Korean Studies Advancement Center Consortium in Gyeongsang Provinces, Chonbuk University Consortium in Jeolla Provinces and the Overseas Center run by Korea University] and the relevant research institutions, thus forming a comprehensive network of researchers in Korean studies-related materials.
Digitalization of Contemporary Data
Digitalization of Korean studies-related materials and the relevant academic information involves collection, analysis, and organization of domestic and overseas information and scholarly achievements within the academic fields into a more convenient, widely accessible form so as to promote inter-disciplinary communication and enhance research-related productivity. We are also making efforts to lay the foundations for the Korean Studies-related Comprehensive Information Service via the systematic accumulation of the relevant academic resources, academic achievements on Korean studies and the products of relevant promotional projects kept both in and out of the country, as well as the information of relevant researchers.
We are also compiling the Glossary of Korean Studies by selecting more than 17,000 translations of terminologies from English publications by prestigious scholars and experts of Korean Studies. The glossary will be very useful for both professional researchers and amateurs, as well as those engaged in of Korean studies translation who are striving to meet internationally growing demands and interest in the history and culture of Korea.
The System for Comprehensive Information on Historic Figures of Korea, which is currently being developed, contains biographical information of Korea’s historic figures, and their official enrollment and achievements found in records such as their success in state-administered examinations, their place of origin, and official posts. The system is intended as a useful information service for those who are interested in such matters. The information of Korea’s historic figures will be constantly developed to promote this system as a portal site that includes the complete biographical information of Korean history.
☞Move to Glossary of Korean Studies (www.aks.ac.kr/glossary)
☞Move to Korean Historic Figures Database (people.aks.ac.kr)
R&D in Cultural Informatics
Cultural informatics is a new academic discipline exploring ways to develop specialized technologies for processing and servicing research materials and resources to create knowledge content from them, so as to apply the latest information technologies to research results in the field of Korean Studies.
Such efforts are put into systematic compilation of Comprehensive Information Service of Korean Studies to provide easy access to quality information on Korean studies to professional scholars, students and amateurs alike.
With cultural content increasingly receiving attention as a high value-added knowledge resource, the demand for Korean Studies materials is also rapidly on the rise in recent years. To respond to this growing demand, a variety of R&D projects are currently underway, including development of technologies for generating and searching electronic documents that are specifically adapted for Korean Studies materials, and research into GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to provide time and space data and universal content identifiers (UCI). Developing a system for producing online content as well as servicing the content in real time also constitutes important areas of this R&D project aimed at improving research standards in Korean Studies and the efficiency of dissemination of research results.