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Grammatological Informatics based on Corpora of Asian Scripts (GICAS)

GICAS (Grammatological Informatics based on the Corpora of Asian Scripts) is one of the “COE” (Centers of Excellence) academic institutions funded by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Priority Areas Research) of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).

GICAS was built in 5 years, from 2001 to 2005, with an approximate total budget of 500 million yen. “Grammatological Informatics” is a new academic branch, which concentrates on giving a well-founded scientific basis for the research of “scripts and characters” (quite rich and abundant, especially in Asia) of the human language through their re-evaluation as an infrastructure of the communication.

GICAS builds the Corpora of Canons, royal manuscripts, as well as other linguistic sources, that is “Corpora of Asian Scripts” which reflect the long academic tradition of thoughts and contemplations on “scripts and characters” in Asia and the history of their usage. Only through the verification through this Corpora implemented by the utmost advanced techniques of information processing, emerges the new academic sphere of “Grammatological Informatics” which is well-founded and promotes the practical applications of its outcomes.

GICAS will be an internationally accessible reference center of scripts and characters, which enable Japan to continue to play a conducting role in the study of Asian scripts.

GICAS became an autonomous COE institution since 2006 after a five-year grant-in-aid by MEXT. It undertakes the task of offering a new paradigm of grammatological informatics as well as up building the result of the projects so far.

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