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Digital Archives Research Center


Ryukoku University
Digital Archives Research Center

Basic research facility for the advanced development of storage, classification and exhibition of priceless artifacts.


The Digital Archive Research Center is devoted to developing methods for creating digital records of ancient manuscripts and artifacts and new ways to store, classify and exhibit them, especially handwritten manuscripts and the artifacts of the Otani Expedition. The aim is not only to have a collection of digital images but also to scientifically and quantitatively evaluate them by conducting an analysis of the composition of their materials and textures. The basic knowledge will prove to be indispensable for the preservation and restoration of the original manuscripts and artifacts themselves and contribute to the creation of an entirely new and unique library.

Principle Research Areas

Digital Archiving Methods
Research to develop advanced systems for storage and organization of archival information in digital form.
Contents Analysis
Conduct analysis and organization of the actual contents of ancient manuscripts and develop corresponding categorization retrieval systems.
Scientific Analysis and Preservation
Conduct basic research in the scientific analysis of the paper, fiber, inks, and enhance methods for their preservation and restoration.

Digital Archive Research System

Digital recording and storage to insure preservation of manuscripts and artifacts

Digital Archive Research System

Facilities and Equipment

Contents Analysis Support System
Contents Analysis Workstation
Interactive Support System
Web Server System for External Communication
Archive System
Digital Archive Editor and Processor
DVD Library for Large-scale Archive
Large-scale Magnetic Disk Array
Ancient Manuscripts Digital Input System
High Definition Image Input and Output Equipment
3D Positioning Sensor
Ultra High-speed IP Network
Non Destructive Materials Analysis
X-ray Analytical Microscope
Environmental Ambience Tester
Mobile Optical Analyzer
Portable X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer
3D Measurement and Processing
3D Modeling Machine

About "Zuikokan"

Why is the building called the "Zuikokan"?

The president of Ryukoku University choose this name for the building because "zuiko" means the bright, shining wisdom of the Buddha. This expresses his hope that the research undertaken there will be blessed with the Buddha's wisdom and that this wisdom will be transmitted throughout the world by the results of this project which could only be completed at Ryukoku University. (The "kan" of Zuikoukan simply means building.)

Contact us

Ryukoku University
Digital Archives Research Center
(Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures)

125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku,
Kyoto 600-8268 Japan

Tel: +81-75-343-3458
Fax: +81-75-343-4022