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Deep Dive into Digital and Data Methods for Chinese Studies

The “Deep Dive” series is co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and the Asia Library, and is co-directed by Mary Gallagher (Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute) and Liangyu Fu (Chinese Studies Librarian, Asia Library).

Question about the series? Please email Liangyu Fu at liangyuf@umich.edu.

Deep Dive Winter 2021

Deep Dive into Digital and Data Methods for Chinese Studies Workshop

From Village Gazetteers to Database: Introduction to Contemporary Chinese Village Data (數字村莊)

Presenter: Haihui Zhang, Head of the East Asian Library and Chinese Studies Librarian, University of Pittsburgh

Time: Friday, March 12, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, EST

Registration required, please register HERE to receive the Zoom virtual meeting link

In July 2018, the East Asian Library of the University of Pittsburgh Library System initiated the Contemporary Chinese Village Data (CCVD) project to create an open-access online dataset of statistics extracted from Chinese village gazetteers. This unique initiative has produced a dataset of significant value to the humanities and social sciences, which includes quantitative and qualitative data critical to supporting Chinese studies in fields such as politics, economics, sociology, environmental science, history, and public health. This workshop will start with a review of published village gazetteers and an introduction to the background of the project, followed by a presentation and demonstration of data extraction procedures, data structure, the data dictionary, downloading instructions, etc. The current status and the final goal of the project will be discussed as well.

Presenter bio:

Haihui Zhang is the Head of the East Asian Library and Chinese Studies Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh Library. She initiated and served as the principal investigator for an oral history project on the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) called CR/10 and for the CCVD project. Her major publications include A Scholarly Review of Chinese Studies in North America (Editor-in-chief, Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, 2013) and 北美中国学:学术概述与文献资源 = Chinese Studies in North America: Research and Resources (Editor-in-chief, Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2010).

Workshop assistants:

Yuanziyi Zhang is a second-year master’s student in East Asian languages and literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously trained in mathematics.

Ruoyun Zheng is a third-year PhD student in the Social and Comparative Analysis Program at the School of Education, University of Pittsburgh.

The “Deep Dive” series is co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and the Asia Library, and is co-directed by Mary Gallagher (Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Institute) and Liangyu Fu (Chinese Studies Librarian, Asia Library). Questions about the series? Please email Liangyu Fu at liangyuf@umich.edu.

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