By Kendon Stubbs
The Japanese Text Initiative, or JTI, is an ongoing collaborative electronic text project between the libraries of the University of Virginia and the University of Pittsburgh, with participation by scholars in the U.S. and Japan. The JTI provides World Wide Web access to the masterpieces of Japanese literature in Japanese, and, where possible, in English translations. Begun in 1995, the JTI is part of the texts of the University of Virginia Library’s Electronic Text Center. The Center currently has some 51,000 texts on-line at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu, in English, French, German, Latin, Japanese, Chinese, and other languages. The Japanese portion of the E-Text Center is at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/japanese. The University of Virginia Library provides staffing and other resources for the JTI. Other support comes from contributors at the University of Pittsburgh, Queens College of the City University of New York, and other colleges and universities, as well as from grants from the Toshiba International Foundation and other foundations.