The Japan Society for Archival Science: JSAS

The Japan Society for Archival Science: JSAS
President: Prof. Minoru Takahashi (National Institute of Japanese Literature)
About Us
The Japan Society for Archival Science (JSAS) was established in April 2004. As of Sept. 2009, the members of the society are around 450. In Nov. 2007, the Japan Society for Archival Science joined the International Council on Archives (ICA) as a Category B Member (Professional Associations).

The society's purposed area of study covers the following three fields:
· Research on records and archives management.
· Research on topics such as the formation, structure and history of archives.
· Research on the education and training of archivists.

We have included the education and training of archivists because not only are the training programs for archivists weak but also the future of archival science is highly correlated with the level of archival education.

The current and prospective members of our society are the following individuals who are interested in archival science:
· People who are currently working in an archive such as Monjyokan (archival institutions).
· People who wish to work in an archive in the future.
· People who are interested in the preservation and utilization of the past and also seek to document today's records and memories, and are conducting research on history, politics, law, society, economy, management, scientific technology and so on.
· People who are leading studies on library/museum information, and who are forerunners in the preservation and utilization of materials.
· People who work with cutting-edge information technologies.

The society holds general meetings annually and research forums around two times in a year. JSAS also publishes its journal: Journal of the Japan Society for Archival Science.

We would like to establish the society as an interdisciplinary organization which allows new creative potentials based on global perspectives. We request not only Japanese residents but also interested individuals outside Japan to participate in the society.
Charter
We are witnessing an information revolution due to considerable advancements in computational science. This is an event equivalent in scale to the transition from verbal to written communication.

This great transformation is compelling us to change not only the ways in which we provide information stored in the archives but also the whole concept of future records which will be created, sent, received and preserved in the days ahead.

Nevertheless, the academic research in Japan that deals with the adequate preservation of the records as documentary evidence which are to be conserved permanently (i.e. as archives) for the future is extremely insufficient.

For this reason, we have decided to establish this society for the purpose of studying and implementing the theories and techniques involved in the creation, preservation and utilization of archives, both present and future, in Japan as well as in the world.

Archives are the records created, sent, received and preserved by groups, families and individuals, and comprise paper-based materials such as hand-written manuscripts and prints, electronic records, oral histories and other such records.

This scientific research on archives consists of the following study areas: (1) research on archives administration, (2) research related to the formation, structure and history of archives and (3) research on archival education and outreach. While collaborating with the theories in various existing academic disciplines such as history, sociology and information studies, the scientific research on archives, however, is independent from those disciplines. It is to play a contributing role in solving the problems related to the preservation of archives.

In addition, those who are engaged in this scientific study on archives are required to implement the solutions formulated for the preservation of archives and other related problems.

We hereby establish the society in order to further archival science for the purpose of leading the scientific research on archives and the implementation of archival practice, and will contribute to the establishment of a peaceful democratic society through the appropriate creation, preservation and utilization of archives.

October 4, 2003
Membership
Membership categories and fees are:
· Individual Member: ¥5,000 per year.
· Student Member: ¥3,000 per year.
· Organizational Member: ¥10,000 per year.

Membership benefits are:
· A free copy of the Journal of the Japan Society for Archival Science
· Title to join and make presentations at meetings and forums, and to submit papers for the Journal
· Title to join conferences, meetings, and forums of the society
· Title to join discussion among the society members
Publications
«Journal»
Journal of the Japan Society for Archival Science. ISSN: 1349578X
We provide some English abstracts and table of contents in our "Journal" pages.

«Book»
Introduction to Archival Science: Memory and Records into the Future (An anthology of articles translated into Japanese).
Compiled by the Records Management Society of Japan and the Japan Society for Archival Science.
Published by Nichigai Associates, Inc. ISBN: 978-4816919813

List of articles translated into Japanese:
- Eric Ketelaar "The future contained in time past: archival science in the 21st century"
- Theo Thomassen "A first introduction to archival science"
- John W. Carlin "Along with NARA: my strategies and accomplishments"
- Jean-Pierre Wallot "Building a living memory for the history of our present: new perspective on archival appraisal"
- Terry Cook "What is past is prologue: a history of archival ideas since 1898, and the future paradigm shift"
- Sue McKemmish "Yesterday, today and tomorrow: a continuum of responsibility"
- Terry Cook "Beyond the screen: the records continuum and archival cultural heritage"
Contact Address
The Japan Society for Archival Science
Kokusaizenrinkaikan 5F
1-5-5 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004 Japan.
E-mail: office [atmark] jsas.info


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