Continuous Development and Operation of a Regional Digital Archive System as Project-Based Learning

  • Taku Okuno Future University Hakodate
  • Toshio Kawashima Future University Hakodate
Keywords: system development, project management, project-based learning, digital archives


Future University Hakodate, in cooperation with Hakodate City Central Library, has developed a digital archive system. To maintain the archive within a limited budget and allow it to be used for research and education, students participated in the development and the operation of the archive. Activities related to the digital archives are particularly valuable for project-based learning. Skills that can be obtained through such activities include system development and project management. The former includes programming and system integration for business applications. The latter includes team management and stakeholder management.


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