DUBLIN, Ohio, March 28, 2014—OCLC and NetAdvance are working together to add metadata from the JapanKnowledge and JK Books collections to WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive online catalog of library resources, increasing discovery and access to these rich Japanese-language resources.
The JapanKnowledge database represents an extensive collection of Japanese-language content, including more than 50 leading encyclopedias and dictionaries from Japan, reference materials of specialized interest such as law and history, and full-text content from Japanese and other Asian literature. The Complete Japanese Encyclopedia (Nipponica), Encyclopedia of Japan and the Encyclopedia of Japanese History are among the noteworthy resources in the collection. Subscribed to by more than 1,000 institutions around the world, JapanKnowledge has been an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in Japanese studies.
JK Books is an e-book platform for reprinted Japanese magazines of the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Metadata for renowned Japanese magazines will be added to WorldCat.
"Incorporation of JapanKnowledge and JK Books metadata with OCLC's vast bibliographic data collection offers an opportunity for a new discovery experience that we never thought would be possible," said Mr. Masashi Tanaka, NetAdvance's General Manager for Business Center. "We have great expectations for increased visibility of our content through OCLC's worldwide library community."
"The addition of these valuable collections from NetAdvance will enhance our user discovery services and extend the visibility of Japanese-language resources for researchers around the world," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development.
Content from the JapanKnowledge and JK Books collections will be discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services, a new suite of cloud-based applications set to launch later this month that brings together the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services.
OCLC works with partners to negotiate access to critical content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries' most popular resources. More about OCLC content partnerships can be found on the OCLC website.
NetAdvance, a Shogakukan Group Company, was founded in 2000 and has distributed online "knowledge" contents to researchers, librarians, students and business persons both individually and institutionally. With its unique and rich content such as JapanKnowledge, JK Books or Shogakukan Corpus Network, NetAdvance is committed to pioneering a new information industry by adding new value to existing knowledge.
JapanKnowledge is an Internet database containing a wealth of knowledge from more than 50 foremost encyclopedias and dictionaries in Japan. It brings results from a wide range of sources including encyclopedias, dictionaries of Japanese and foreign languages, references of specialized interest such as law and history, and full-text content from Japanese and Asian literature. The Encyclopedia of Japan and the Encyclopedia of Japanese History are noteworthy names from the collection. Subscribed to by more than 1,000 institutions around the world, JapanKnowledge has been an indispensable reference tool for anyone dedicated to Japanese studies. After 15 years in service, JapanKnowledge is enhancing its usability and discoverability and will be renamed "JapanKnowledge Lib" in April 2014.
About JK Books
JK Books is a purchase-based ebook platform for reprinted Japanese magazines of the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. Renowned magazines like Fuzoku Gahou, Taiyo, Koyu-Kai Zasshi and Bungei Club are exposed to meet the academic needs of those who want to investigate the culture, customs and the literature of that age.
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