IV-5.”Development of Information Sharing Systems for Area Studies through International Cooperation”(H21-22 FY2009-2010)

  • Project Leader : Hoshikawa Keisuke (Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University)
  • Collaborators : Kitamura Yumi (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Hara Shoichiro (Center for Integrated Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Pinit Lapthananon (Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University)
  • : Surat Lertlum (Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy)
  • : Shibayama Mamoru (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Nagata Yoshikatsu (Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City University)

Outline of Research

This project will hold meetings for researchers who are making or managing data sharing systems for area studies in Japan and Thailand to discuss how data sharing/broadcasting system can be developed. In addition to the members of this research, some researchers in Thailand will participate in the meetings. These meetings will also establish or strengthen relationships between organizations and researchers.

Furthermore, an internet-based database sharing system will be created that can be used by local people who wish to broadcast historical documents or cultural materials such as bailan (palm leaf documents) of Thailand that have been being used in local society for several generations.

Two research meetings will be held in FY2010. Firstly in Japan with domestic participants and another at the Bangkok Liaison Office with participants both from Thai and Japan.


This study aims to promote the sharing and broadcasting of data resources for area studies through discussions among researchers who are making or managing data sharing systems for area studies in Japan and Thailand. The recent rapid development of information technologies, internet-based databases or data sharing systems that offer important data resources for area studies are significantly increasing. Such data sharing projects are often independently developing their own systems although other systems use similar technology or interfaces and deal with similar types of information. Information exchanges between such projects will help to make their systems more useful. As a further goal, partnership or integration between systems can be expected in the future.

This study also aims to make a prototype of a data sharing system that enable people to easily share their data. In particular, this data sharing system will assist local researchers to organize and broadcast local historical/cultural documents that they are using for their research activities.

Palm leaf manuscripts in a local temple, which is in Khmer characters. Nowadays only a few monks can read them. November 4, 2009, Sisaket Province, Thailand

A seminar titled“Palm Leaf Data Base in Japan”which was held through cooperation between Maha Sarakham University and this joint research project. Members of this project introduced a database of old manuscripts that was built and released by Kyoto University.
February 18, 2009, Maha Sarakham University, Thailand