GloPAD Public Interface
JPARC prototype
GloPAD Editors' Interface

Singapore Workshop on a Japanese Performing Arts Resource Center
シンガポール シンポジウム ・日本舞台芸術リソースセンター

June 24-26, 2005
National University of Singapore
Generously funded by The Japan Foundation


Program and Abstracts

JPARC Working Group (conference members) resource site (password necessary)

TeenPARC working site

Workshop schedule

pdf of all abstracts (June 17 version)

List of participants

Workshop photogallery

Developing an On-Line Japanese Performing Arts Resource Center


Lim Beng Choo,Assistant Professor, Department of Japanese Studies, NUS and Regional Director, GloPAC. <jpslimbc[at]>

Joshua Young, GloPAC Coordinator/Research Associate, Cornell University. <glopacadmin[at]>

The three-day symposium was held to:
1) introduce currently available technologies and present ideas for creating new technological tools to be used in creating an on-line resource center for the Japanese performing arts (JPARC);
2) describe and discuss resources from around the world that could be used in creating the Japanese resource center;
3) train participants to enter materials into the Global Performing Arts Database where all items used in JPARC will be stored and fully described;
4) discuss legal, linguistic, and geographic issues involved in creating this resource center;
5) explore possible funding opportunities for implementing JPARC.

June 24 to 26: Conference in Singapore
August 30: Submission of revised presentations for publication on the JPARC website
September 30: Deadline for submission of images to be entered into the database by participating members (This will also depend on how much
October 1 2005 to March 31, 2006 Submission of grant proposals to various funding agencies to support the implementation of JPARC

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Conference Schedule, June 24-June 26, 2005

Conference Venue
National University Singapore

I. Program

Welcoming Session (June 24, 9:00am – 10:30am)

Welcome and Introductions
Beng Choo Lim, Department of Japanese Studies, NUS; Regional Director for GloPAC

Introduction to GloPAC and its projects
Karen Brazell, Cornell University; GloPAC Director

GloPAD, A demonstration of the on-line database and its connections to JPARC
Susan Specter, GloPAC Managing Editor and Trainer, and Joshua Young, GloPAD Coordinator

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Session 1: Technological Strategies and Tools (June 24, 10:45 to 12:30)

The reports for this panel will describe existing digital tools and strategies and present plans for creating new tools that could be used in on-line resource centers.

Performing Arts Online: Models of Performing Arts Resource Sites
Ann Ferguson, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Washington; GloPAC Associate Director

Reusable Interfaces for Reusable Archives
Liz Dreyer, Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre

Online Viewing of Historical Materials: The UC Berkeley Japanese Historical Maps Project
Yuki Ishimatsu, Japanese Collection Librarian, University of California at Berkeley

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Session 2: Panel on Special Collections (June 24, 2:00pm – 5:00pm)

The reports in this panel will focus on the types of materials available in the collections and in what forms these materials are available to researchers and students not in residence at the institutions. The panel discussion will consider what gaps in current world-wide resources on Japanese performing arts these collections could fill, and the key issues of using the materials within JPARC.

Electronic databases for antiquarians? Extra-repertory noh play texts in the digital performing arts world
Michael Watson, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan (by video link from Tokyo)

Hosei Nohgaku Institute Collection, Hosei University
Steven Nelson, Hosei University, Japan

On-line Databases of Kabuki Materials: Models of Current Resource Sites – Ritsumeikan's Art Research Center
Ryo Akama, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Technologies and Resources for the Study of Puppetry
Joshua Young, GloPAC at Cornell University

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June 25th

Session 3: International Resources and Needs (9:00am – 12:00noon)

This panel will explore the state of Japanese performing arts resources in the international environment, on the one hand concentrating on what collections of materials might be internationalized by being made available through JPARC, and on the other hand examining international needs for the study of Japanese performing arts that could be addressed by JPARC. These needs include such matters as access to images and video clips, but also authoritative translations of vocabulary or scripts by means of GloPAD's multilingual features.

International Resources for Costumes and Masks
Monica Bethe, Otani University, Japan

Resources in the St. Petersburg and Moscow museums and libraries
Nikolai Pesochinsky, Theatre Research Department, St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy

Japanese Elements in Southeast Asian Theatre
Ken Takiguchi, The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur; Pro-tem committee member, Malaysian Alliance of Technical Theatre

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Session 4: Ideas for Learning/Research Modules (1:30pm – 4:00pm)

Papers for this session will describe learning/research modules that the authors wish to create for JPARC. In the panel discussion participants will share ideas inspired by each others' projects and by earlier sessions in the conference.

Chushingura : Japan's National Legend on Stage and in History
Henry D Smith, Columbia University

Noh as Performance: an interactive, electronic version
Karen Brazell, Cornell University and Monica Bethe, Otani University, Japan

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June 26th

Session 5: Training Workshop: Using the GloPAD Editors' Interface (9:00am – 12:00noon)

This half-day workshop will demonstrate the functioning of the input system of GloPAD, explain the conceptual structures of the database and let the participants familiarize themselves by using the on-line system with expert supervision. Some participants will continue to enter items into the database after they have returned to their home institutions.

This training workshop will be led by Susan Specter, GloPAC Managing Editor and Trainer, and Joshua Young, GloPAC Research Associate.

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Session 6: Final Exchanges: Plans for the Future (2:00pm – 5:00pm)

This round-table discussion will be led by Lim Beng Choo and Karen Brazell. In addition to issues that have arisen during the course of the conference, the discussion will address the following issues:
Copyright in the international context
Appropriate sources to seek funding for implementing JPARC
Plans for coordinating activities after the Conference

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II. List of Participants


Monica Bethe, Professor, Otani University, Japan

Michael Watson ( Virtual presence), Professor, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan

Steven Nelson, Professor, Hosei University, Japan

Akama Ryô, Professor, Ritsumeikan University, Japan


Karen Brazell, Goldwin Smith Graduate Professor of Japanese Theatre, Cornell University; GloPAC Director

Henry Smith, Professor, Columbia University

Ann Ferguson, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Washington

Joshua Young, Research Associate, GloPAC at Cornell University

Susan Specter, GloPAC Managing Editor and Trainer at Cornell University

Liz Dreyer, Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre, New York

Yuki Ishimatsu, Japanese Collections Librarian, University of California Berkeley


Nikolai Pesochinsky, Associate Professor, Theatre Research Department, St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy; Regional Director for GloPAC


Ken Takiguchi, Assistant Director, The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur; Pro-tem committee member, Malaysian Alliance of Technical Theatre


Beng Choo Lim, Assistant Professor, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore; Regional Director for GloPAC

Yow Wei Chui, Senior System Analyst, Central Library, National University of Singapore;Chinese Opera Society Singapore

Joan Wee, Research student

Yee Sok Kiang, Research student, GloPAC participant

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