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Organizing Information on Science and Technology

The National Diet Library (NDL) has been involved in the acquisition and organization of both printed and electronic information on science and technology as part of a national effort to improve the science and technology information infrastructure. The NDL is making these information resources widely available in order to provide the National Diet with information on science and technology, to support the research activities of scientists and technical experts, and to help keep the general public in Japan informed about science and technology.

The Council on the Organization of Information on Science and Technology

The Council on the Organization of Information on Science and Technology advises the Librarian of the NDL on issues related to the Basic Plan for the Organization of Information on Science and Technology and comprises no more than 20 experts in science and technology appointed by the Librarian from outside the NDL. Council meetings are generally held once a year, after which the Council submits reports or written opinions for making policies for the Basic Plan.

The Council discusses a wide range of subjects, from acquisition and provision to general issues related to information on science and technology. At its 7th meeting, the Council submitted its Proposals for the Advancement of a Knowledge Infrastructure in Support of Innovation (Japanese, PDF: 2.51MB) which will be used to prepare the 4th National Diet Library Basic Plan for the Organization of Information on Science and Technology. Based on this Plan, the NDL has begun to implement further organization of information on science and technology.

The 4th National Diet Library Basic Plan for the Organization of Information on Science and Technology

The 4th National Diet Library Basic Plan for the Organization of Information on Science and Technology (Japanese, PDF: 60KB) is a five-year plan enacted in March 2016. The plan's mission is to develop a Knowledge Infrastructure that will be implemented by the NDL in coordination with other organization during the period from 2016 to 2021 to form part of a new national academic information infrastructure. These activities should include:

(1) Preservation of information resources

  1. Acquisition and digitization of academic and other information resources
  2. Promotion of cooperation with related organizations
  3. Assurance of long-term availability to digital information resources
  4. Fulfill a suitable role in open science
  5. Serve as an aggregator of academic or public information resources

(2) Initiatives to promote the utilization of information resources

  1. Provide an integrated search engine for metadata of disparate content
  2. Standardization of metadata and promotion of open licensing
  3. Cooperate with other institutions in the provision of portal services per object and subject matter
  4. Organize systems to enhance ease of use of content
  5. Promote use of digital information resources at the NDL
  6. Grant open licenses for data created by the NDL

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