Shigehara Tōru
Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation. Head librarian






The Shibusawa Eiichi Photographs: A Crowdsourcing Platform for the Annotation and Utilization of Archival Photographs

The Shibusawa Eiichi denki shiryo (Shibusawa Eiichi Biographical Materials) is an extensive collection of materials about Shibusawa Eiichi (1840-1931), known as the “father of the modern Japanese economy.” In 2004, the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation began work on the digitization of the Denki shiryo. The 57 main volumes were made available online in 2016 as part of the Shibusawa Eiichi Denki Shiryo Digital Version and in 2018 work began on making the 10 supplementary volumes available online as well.

Photographs of Shibusawa Eiichi from the 10th supplementary volume were made available online in March 2022 as a result of a research project (“Building a Crowdsourcing Platform for the Annotation and Utilization of Archival Photographs”) by the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation and the National Museum of Japanese History in collaboration with scholars in digital humanities. The goal of the project was to increase the use and usability of the photographic materials as well as their value as academic resources by using IIIF as well as adding information (annotations) on people and places in the roughly 700 photographs through crowdsourcing.

This presentation will provide an overview of the contents as well as details on the annotations and the methods used for gathering and affixing/annotating information with the hope of shining a light on the possibilities of crowdsourcing in relation to archival photographs.

Shibusawa Eiichi Photographs