Creating a space online for Hokusai research


Percival David Study Room, Department of Asia, British Museum, 23-24 September 2015

Day 1: 23 September

1015-1200. Session 1. Introductions
1015 The Hokusai project and ResearchSpace (TC, AL, DO)
1030 Digitizing museum collections (BM, TNM, SI, MMA, MFA)
1130 Ukiyo-e online (ARC,

1330-1500. Session 2. What we would like from a Hokusai resource
1330 Introduction
1340 Small groups: initial suggestions
1400 Collating suggestions
1420 Small groups: sifting suggestions
1440 Final discussion

1530-1630. Session 3. A few potential case studies.
The final session will be an introduction to the kind of research questions the team is interested to explore and then present through an online resource. Again, the presentations will be short, leaving time for questions and suggestions as to how each theme might be best developed.
1530 The Great Wave (TC, RSK)
1550 Hokusai’s signatures (RM)
1610 Hokusai’s dragons (AL)

Day 2: 24 September

1030-1200. Session 4. What can ResearchSpace offer?
This will be an introduction to the ResearchSpace project at the British Museum, led by Dominic and Barry, which is based on different principles from traditional database systems. By the end of the session, we want to have explored how best to exploit the technology and refined our specification for resource.
1030 Introduction to the semantic web
1100 Using the semantic web
1130 The semantic web and Hokusai

1330-1500. Session 5. Viewing session
For this session we will look at some of the print series Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, as well as Roger’s catalogue raisonné. Our work on the online resource will begin from Roger’s entries on the Thirty-Six Views as the core data with which to refine the first iteration of both the database and the user interface.

1600-1700. Session 6. Wrap-up session.
The final session will be an opportunity to summarize the conclusions of our discussions over the previous two days and to outline the next steps in the project, as well as to highlight any potential problems as we move forward. 1600 Summary of workshop 1630 Next steps and potential problems.


Ryo Akama, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
John Carpenter, Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tim Clark, Department of Asia, British Museum
Elizabeth Coombs, Independent Scholar
Julie Davis, Freer-Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Alfred Haft, Department of Asia, British Museum
Roger Keyes, Brown University (emeritus)
Dan Lipcan, Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Angus Lockyer, Department of History, SOAS, University of London
Ryoko Matsuba, Department of Asia, British Museum
Nancy Micklewright, Freer-Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Barry Norton, ResearchSpace, British Museum
Dominic Oldman, ResearchSpace, British Museum
John Resig, Independent Scholar
Hiroyoshi Tazawa, Japanese Painting Section, Tokyo National Museum
Sarah Thompson, Asia Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ellis Tinios, Department of History, University of Leeds (emeritus)