At the moment, there are digitization projects occurring in Japan, but most are not for access, due to the metadata problem...The person I spoke with about metadata in Japan has just e-mailed me with a correction. Creating metadata in Japan is more expensive, due to the number of character sets used. Past digitization projects were not done for access purposes, because the proper metadata could not easily be created. However, now digitization projects realize the need for good metadata so that the materials are truly searchable. The cost of creating the metadata will remain a barrier unless tools can be developed to help or collaborative efforts emerge that can create metadata in a more cost effective manner.
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