About Media Arts Database (Beta Version)
Since 2010, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, has been researching media arts created in Japan up to this point for the purpose of facilitating the promotion of those arts in Japan. (Media arts, or media geijutsu in Japanese, refer to contemporary art and entertainment including manga, animation, game and media art.)
One positive outcome of that research has been the availability of a database to the general public under the name “Media Arts Database” as an organized compilation of information on works of media arts, or media geijutsu.
The Media Arts Database has been developed as a data provision service to serve as a core for accessing, saving and utilizing content pertaining to media arts.
The Database is equipped with multiple search methods, including “All” and “Collection”, that make it possible to comprehensively search information regarding works across manga, animation, games and media art. A Web API for utilizing the data available in a variety of ways has also been made publicly available.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs sincerely hopes that many people will use this database in their information-gathering, investigative research and other such efforts to familiarize themselves with media arts works.
- About the Information in the Database
- About the Media Arts Database Introductory Pamphlet
- Trial Public Access to the Media Arts Database (Beta Version) WebAPI
- About this Website
About the Information in the Database
Information in the Media Arts Database (Beta Version) consists of data generated and registered using the below information as a reference.
Data in the manga field is generated and registered from manga books, manga magazines and bibliographical information in the possession of various cooperating information repositories, etc.
Cooperating information repositories, etc. for manga
Please check the latest holding information for each cooperating information repositories website.
Data in the animation field is generated and registered from books and data collections on animation and information provided by cooperating organizations (persons)
Data in the game field is generated and registered from the below two data types. Please note that 1 is overwritten and registered with priority over 2.
Bibliographical information prepared by libraries and cooperating information repositories
Bibliographical information generated from specialized publications and magazines that indicate a bibliography for video games (Information sources are recorded under the source of the pertinent records)
Media Art Field
Data in the media art field is generated and registered from literature, websites, drawings and other related materials on media art works (interactive art, installation art, video works, etc.) released in the past.
Media Arts Database Introductory Pamphlet
About the "Media Arts Database: An Archive for a Future Built with Connecting Data"
This pamphlet provides an easy-to-understand summary of the Media Arts Database as a whole, including its functions.
Please use the pamphlet to introduce the database in classes or lectures or in any other way you wish.
If you would like a paper version of the pamphlet or have an interest in distributing it at facilities, events, etc., please contact us using the Opinion Acceptance Form.
Illustrations and design by Hinata Kino
This work has been supplied under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Trial Public Access to the WebAPI and Data Set
Public access to the WebAPI and Data Set is partially provided on a trial basis with the goal of developing a WebAPI and Data Set that contribute to data utilization in the Media Arts Database (Beta Version).
The trial public access period is not determined at this time. Moreover, there is no guarantee that trial public access will continue.
Trial Public Access Functions
For detailed specifications of this WebAPI, please refer to Document.
Disclaimer Related to WebAPI that Performs Trial Public Access
Technical support relating to the use of this WebAPI is not available. Please refer to the separately prepared Document.
In consideration of the burden on this Website, the following restrictions are placed on calling the WebAPI.
Because public access is on a trial basis, changes to the specifications of the service of this WebAPI and suspensions of that service may occur without prior notice.
Public access to the Data Set is provided over an account that has been opened on GitHub. For detailed specifications of this Data Set, please refer to the below link.
Operation Policy for the Media Arts Database Official GitHub Account
The purpose of the Media Arts Database Official GitHub Account is to conduct technological reviews through technological exchange with external parties based on the communication of technological information.
Given that the purpose of this account is to conduct technological reviews through technological exchange with external parties based on the communication of technological information, the information communicated over this account may differ with the final official opinions of the Media Arts Database.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs will bear no liability whatsoever for any acts conducted by users with the use of information posted on this account (including but not limited to any acts of using said information after subjecting it to editing, processing, etc.).
Because public access is on a trial basis, information posted on this account may be altered or deleted without prior notice.
This Operation Policy may be altered without prior notice.
Feedback such as comments and requests relating to the use of the WebAPI or Data Set would be greatly appreciated for use in future development efforts. Please go to Opinions to leave feedback.
About this Website
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