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Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter (http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/ignew.htm)

17 Nov 2008, reviewed by Hanno Lecher
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Biographical Databases

 
China Biographical Database Project (CBDB) = 中國歷代人物傳記資料庫 (中央研究院歷史語言研究所, Taipei, Taiwan ; Harvard-Yenching Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA ; 北京大学中国古代史研究所, Beijing, China) 
(http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k1622). 
Language: Chinese ; English. 
Cited description: "[...] an online relational database with biographical information about approximately 40,000 individuals as of July 2008, primarily from the seventh through fourteenth centuries. The data is meant to be useful for statistical and spatial analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference. The long term goal of CBDB is systematically to include all significant biographical material from China s history and to make the contents available free of charge, without restriction, for academic use." 
Contents: (1) Home; (2) History of the CBDB; (3) Collaborating Institutions and Editorial Committee; (4) Methodological Issues; (5) Mapping and Analyzing CBDB Data; (6) Structure of Data; (7) Work Progress; (8) Download CBDB Data; (9) Conferences and Papers; (10) First International Workshop on Biographical Databases for China's History; (11)Discussion Forum; (12) FAQ; (13) Chinese Homepage. 
Availability: Free. 
Resource suggested by Peter K. Bol, Harvard University, USA 

More Biographical Databases: see http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/igbio.htm#database
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Full text resources


民国资源库 = Digital resources from the Republican Era (中国国家图书馆, Beijing, China) 
(http://res4.nlc.gov.cn/index_mg.jsp). 
Language: Chinese. 
Description: Full text access to (as of Nov 2008) 8172 titles of books, 4329 titles of periodicals and 8112 items of laws and legal documents from the Republican period. 
Availability: Free. 
Resource suggested by Shenxiao Tong, University of Edinburgh, UK. 

数字方志资源库 (Digital local gazetteers) (中国国家图书馆, Beijing, China) 
(http://res4.nlc.gov.cn/index_dfz.jsp). 
Language: Chinese. 
Description: Full access to the rich collection of old local gazetteers (up to the Republican Era) held by the National Library of China (scanned images only!). The holdings can be searched by title, author, publisher, date, location and table of contents. However, no full text search is possible. 
Resource suggested by Shenxiao Tong (University of Edinburgh, UK). 

More full text resources: see http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/igtexts.htm#large
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Photography


Sidney D. Gamble Photographs (Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC, USA) 
(http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gamble/). 
Language: English. 
Cited description: "From 1908 to 1932, Sidney Gamble (1890-1968) visited China four times, traveling throughout the country to collect data for social-economic surveys and to photograph urban and rural life, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside. A sociologist, renowned China scholar, and avid amateur photographer, Gamble used some of the pictures to illustrate his monographs. The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs digital collection marks the first comprehensive public presentation of this large body of work that includes photographs of Korea, Japan, Hawaii, San Francisco, and Russia. The site currently features photographs dated between 1917 and 1932; the 1908 photographs will be digitized and uploaded as part of future additions to the site." 
Description: This impressive collection of photographs is freely accessible, includes searchable metadata, and all photos can be viewed as thumbnails or in full size (with the possibility to zoom in). Additional material such as an interactive map and a timeline of Gamle's itinerary, a filmed documentary of his 1924-1927 voyage and a research guide with extra sources complement this database. 
Contents: (1) About; (2) Browse; (3) Copyright and Citation; (4) Interactive Map of Gamble's China; (5) Original Documentary; (6) Research Guide; (7) Timeline. 
Availability: free. 

More Photography: see http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/igcult.htm#photography
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With kind regards,

Hanno E. Lecher

INTERNET GUIDE FOR CHINESE STUDIES -- editor http://www.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/