Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 70: 119-142 (2013)

原著論文Original Article

人文学研究における原資料デジタル画像の利用と認識テクスト,パラテクスト,コンテクスト的アプローチの観点からUse and recognition of digital images of source materials by humanities researchers: Approaches from text, paratext and context

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科図書館・情報学専攻Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2013年3月23日Received: March 23, 2013
受理日:2013年10月10日Accepted: October 10, 2013
発行日:2013年12月20日Published: December 20, 2013




Purpose: This article aims to clarify how humanities researchers recognize the digitization of source materials and use them as academic resources. Various trials for the digitization of source materials have been performed for more than half a century in humanities research, and yet in library and information science, research on using digital images of source materials has only recently begun. Therefore, the recognition of digital images of source materials by humanities researchers has not been clarified. This article discusses the status of these images and the demand for digitization by humanities researchers.

Methods: From July to October 2011, semi-structured interview surveys were conducted on 13 humanities researchers. They covered the use and recognition of source materials and their substitutes, such as facsimiles and digital images, on humanities research. Three main research approaches were used as the analytical framework for assessing the status and use of digital images: text, paratext, and context.

Results: The text and paratext approaches showed that digital images of source materials can be used as an academic resource to varying degrees in humanities research. While several researchers argued that some information could only be obtained from source materials, others argued that there is a mutually complementary relationship between information obtained from digital images and source materials. The demand for digitization by humanities researchers can be classified as follows: digitization that is faithful to source materials, digitization by the collection unit, clarification of conditions, and the policies for digitization and improvement of bibliographic information.

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