IV-1.”Transmission of Information about Periodicals related to Southeast Asia”(H23-24 FY2011-2012)

  • Project Leader : Yano Masataka (Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo)
  • Collaborators : Kitamura Yumi (Kyoto University Library, Kyoto University)
  • : Kitani Kimiya (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
  • : Ishii Michiko (Library, Institute of Developing Economies)
  • : Takahashi Muneo (Library, Institute of Developing Economies)
  • : Tada Takashi (International Studies Library Group, Osaka University)
  • : Kato Satsuki (Library, Reference Service Section, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Outline of Research

We have endeavored to establish the information basis of materials of Southeast Asia through collaborative research led by Kitamura Yumi, former Assistant Professor of CSEAS, since 2007. Part of the outcome can be seen in the Southeast Asian Periodicals Database which includes holding information of the serial materials related to Southeast Asia.

In addition to improving and expanding the database, we are going to compile a reference book about Southeast Asian publications whose contents were accumulated during past activities. We expect to contribute not only to libraries but also to the academic field through this transmission activity of information.


This collaborative research aims to continue and develop the activities led by Kitamura Yumi. Among past activities, we targeted the serial type of publications and set up the Southeast Asian Periodicals Database. Through this database, we were able to understand the core journals related to Southeast Asia and their holding information in Japan. In addition, we conducted hearings with researchers to investigate the current situation of publications in Southeast Asian countries.

This research project consists of two main activities.

The first is enriching and improving the contents of the database. For this purpose, we will research and upload information about newspapers and government gazettes published in Southeast Asian countries. The second is transmitting the information about publications in Southeast Asia. For this purpose, we are going to compile a reference book which is based on information accumulated in past activities. Furthermore, in 2011, some members published papers about our activities (Bulletin of the Special Libraries Association 251, IDE world trend 189, 198).

Through these activities, librarians will be able to acquire and share deeper knowledge of their materials as well as how to access or obtain materials and related information from the region. We can say that this activity is aimed at improving the information infrastructure about Southeast Asia in Japan by sharing librarian’s information with academic researchers.

Official Gazette (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines)

Flowchart of the data entry and data display