About the Promotion Project

Project Overview


National Institutes for the Humanities seeks to collect, pass on and create knowledge related to the humanities. With the aim of stimulating research and education through the efficient use of diverse databases of domestic and international origin, priority has been given to implementing the Project to Promote Resource Sharing. With this project, the aim is to create an environment that can apply various research databases in an integrated, comprehensive and swift manner.

 The organizations that have comprised National Institutes for the Humanities to the present* -- National Museum of Japanese History, National Institute of Japanese Literature, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, National Museum of Ethnology and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature --  have constructed many databases in keeping with the purpose of the establishment of each. As the times at which they were made and the mechanisms for them differ, they could not be used in an integrated way as they were.

 With this project, first, putting these highly varied research databases on a shared platform will provide an environment that enables all databases to be searched seamlessly with one keyword. Incidentally, provisions will be made for more advanced utilization of information gained (such as conducting analyses based on space-time data) and for information and system environments suited to individual researchers’ research.
Although these six institutes have made 200 databases, only half have been made available to the public. More provisions are necessary. In addition, there are many databases that will become necessary again. Thus, these provisions, developments and applications will be indispensable.

First-Term Plan

The Project to Promote Resource Sharing has been advanced under a three-year plan, with the first term beginning in FY 2005 (Heisei 17). The nihuINT(Integrated Retrieval System) was made public in FY 2008 (Heisei 20). In addition, the nihuONE System has been made public as a research support environment for researchers. Moreover, research and development has progressed on the Geo-Temporal Analyzer (GTA), which analyzes and processes the space-time data that is basic to humanities research.

Second-Term Plan

The second term proceeded under a three-year plan that began in FY 2008 (Heisei 20) and continues at present. It focuses on expanding the functions of the first-term system, improving its usability, adding databases and the like. It is expected to be made public in FY 2010 (Heisei 22). In particular, with the nihuINT(integrated retrieval System) , preparations are being made for connection for The National Institute for Japanese Language and coordination with external institutions. In addition, research results for the GTA will be made public.

 Henceforth, upgrading of the nihuINT(Integrated Retrieval System) and further provision of necessary information and information systems for expanding research and education environments in the humanities will be advanced.
 In addition, by expanding this approach domestically and internationally, we aim to contribute to the development of global humanities research.


October 1, 2008
Revised February 2010
National Institutes for the Humanities
Resource Sharing Promotion Project Committee

Conceptual Diagram of Project

Conceptual diagram of the Resource Sharing System

Conceptual diagram of the Resource Sharing Systemjapanese

nihuINT(Integrated Retrieval System)

Each institute has a server that absorbs the differences in different databases [a front-end system (FES)] and an entry point that users access from the Internet [a gateway system (GWS)].

 Search commands from users are sent to each institute’s FES via the GWS, enabling databases to be cross searched.

The institutes also have an operations management system for total operations management [manager (MGR)].


At National Institutes for the Humanities, there is an independent database system for research support. Researchers can take the data they have prepared in research projects and the like and make it public in the form of databases in accordance with the system’s established methods. In future, the plan is to make searches possible in coordination with the nihuINT(Integrated Retrieval System)

List of Databases Targeted for Sharing

As of Feb. 24 2010

nihuINT(Integrated Retrieval System)

+National Musum of Japanese History
  • General Catalog Database
  • Medieval-Monjo Database
  • Modern times and modern-Monjo Data Base
  • Collection of Japanese Musical Instruments: Heirloom of Kishu-Tokugawa Family
  • Weapons and Arms Database(hard materials)
  • Weapons and Arms Database(documents)
  • Nishikie Database
  • Futokoroni-Tamaru-Morokuzu Database (Scrapbooks of Comic Storyteller)
  • Holding Clothes Collection by Masajiro Nomura
  • Carved Papers for Dyework
  • Archaeological object of Jomon period Database
  • Japanese Traditional Accessories Databese
  • Kaneaki-kyo-ki, or Diary of Hirohasi-Kaneaki(15C) Data Base
  • REKIHAKU Library Catalog Database
  • Manors in Japan Database
  • Manors-in-Japan Bibliography Database
  • Bibliography of Democratic Rights Movement Database
  • Munafuda Database
  • Ancient and Medieval Urban Life Datebase
  • A Database of Edo Merchants and Artisans
  • Medieval Notice Board Database(hard materials)
  • Medieval Notice Board Database(documents)
  • Towns in Medieval Japan Database(towns)
  • Towns in Medieval Japan Database(documents)
  • Excavation Sites of Trade Ceramics in Japan Database(sites)
  • Excavation Sites of Trade Ceramics in Japan Database(documents)
  • Jomon Period Clay Figurines Database(Dogu Database)
  • Ceramics Kiln Site of Early Modern Age Database
  • Bibliography of Ceramics of pre-modern Age Database
  • Japanese medieval Castle and Castletown Data Base(sites)
  • Japanese medieval Castle and Castletown Data Base(documents)
  • The composition of the stone instruments in the Yayoi period Data Base(sites)
  • The composition of the stone instruments in the Yayoi period Data Base(drawings)
  • Itabi: Medieval Stone Monuments of Eastern Japan Database(sites,etc.)
  • Itabi: Medieval Stone Monuments of Eastern Japan Database(stone monuments)
  • Itabi: Medieval Stone Monuments of Eastern Japan Database(documents)
  • Japanese Ethnography Database
  • Bibliography of Folklore Study in Japan Database
  • A Database of the Papers and Books on Miyaza(a Japanese Cult Organization)
+International Research Center for Japanese Culture
  • Rare Books
  • Noma Collection(Rare European Medical Books)
  • SODA Collection: Pictorial and Miscellaneous Materials
  • Database of Overseas Institutions for Japanese Studies
  • Emakimono(Picture Scrolls)
  • Art and Pictorial Collection of Strange Phenomena and Yokai (Monstrous Beings)
  • Database of illustrations of Modern Folklore
  • Chirimen Books Database
  • Nara Ehon (Nara Picture Books) Database
  • Database of Illustrations of Historic Places in Kyoto
  • Database of Heian jinbutsu Shi Tanzakucho Information
  • Database of Heian Jinbutsu Shi Information
  • Database of Ukiyo-e Held at the Library of Congress
  • Miyako Nenju Gyoji Gajo (Picture Album of Annual Festivals in the Miyako)
  • Japan Review
  • Nichibunken Forum Report Database
  • Nihon Kenkyu Database
  • Otake Dainich-nyorai Engi Emaki (History of the Otake Buddha)
  • Folktale Data of Strange Phenomena and Yokai (Monstrous Beings)
  • Kigo Search Engine
  • Kinsei kijinden: Sei and Zoku
  • Archaeological Spatial Analysis by Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Zuroku Bei-O Kairan Jikki
  • Mysterious Stories of Kannon Bodhisattva in Ukiyoe
  • Haikai Database
  • Renga Database
  • Waka Database
  • Database of Japanese Art in Overseas Collections
  • Catalogue of the Pre-1900 Printed Books on Japan in European Languages Housed in the Library of the International Research Center for Japanese
  • Maps Database in the Collection
-National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
+Researc Institute for Human and Nature
  • World atlas
  • Books possessed by the institute
  • Documents on Iriomote
  • Visual materials
+National Museum of Ethnology
  • Index of Samples and Resource Materials
  • Detailed Information on Resource Material
  • Catalog Search(Bibliographies)
  • Catalog Search(Periodicals)
  • Nakanishi Collection
  • References of Costume and Clothing Culture
  • Documents on Costumes
  • Videotheque Database
  • Audio Materials Catalog
  • Itemized information on audio records in the audio materials catalog
  • Kaufman collection of old maps of Africa

nihuONE System


  • Archival Science Document
  • Ecological History Photograph
  • Ecological History Document
  • Villages in Middle Jomon Period
  • Village Document in Middle Jomon period
  • Bibliography of Umesao Tadao
  • Map of Japan in Bakumatsu and Meiji Era
  • Map(country) of Japan in Bakumatsu and Meiji Era
  • Chunghua Educational Review Index
  • Wa-Kan Ontology Data