Welcome to the websites to further explore the accomplishments of the program.

Chinese Portal


Taiwan Digitalarchives


This website collects the results from participating institutions in the "Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program". The "Special Collections" section introduces the diverse content of Taiwan's archives by theme, while the "Catalogues" features millions of collections gathered from archiving institutions nationwide. The "Technology Experience" showcases all kinds of technical application, and sections such as "Education and Learning", "Academic Research" and "Value-Added Application" integrate the resources from the websites of related projects.


Academia Sinica Digital Resources


The website integrates the results of digital projects from various institutes at Academia Sinica, which includes articles, digital resources, creative gallery, exhibitions, technical services, and authorization information. Through this channel, the digital resources of Academia Sinica can be introduced to the academic world and the general public as a whole, which is expected to raise the public's knowledge and application of the digital archives.

English Portal


Digital Taiwan - Culture & Nature


The multilingual portal of the "Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program" is aimed to present the rich content of Taiwan's digital archives in multiple languages. Through this website, the users can know more about the important collections in Taiwan, read introductions to the selected collections, or view individual collection images or audio-visual materials. The website also provides educational resources, interactive thematic exhibitions, and so on. Part of the content is available in Japanese and Spanish.

Database and Exhibition Sites


ASCDC E-cards


This platform offers a selection of beautiful images from Cyber Island. You are free to send them via email, LINE or Facebook -- send your thoughts and seasonal greetings and cross the distance in a click.


Oryza Sativa: Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures, 2013-2015


Digital archiving operates as a diligent miner, extracting under-covered yet precious fractures of moments from deep layers of time to arrive at the quintessence of all things. This project, Oryza Sativa*, faithfully records the fruitful outcomes of this Center's digital reconstruction of the past, within the first three years since its establishment. Recorded here are mainly the Center's works with Academia Sinica's digital projects, as well as the Sustainable Management Project of Digital Archives of Taiwan supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
*In the context of Chinese literature, the image of Oryza Sativa implies the maturing of one's labours, prepared for harvest.


Academia Sinica: A History


Academia Sinica was established by the Nationalist Government in 1928 as the premier research institution of the nation. Having persevered through the difficult founding years, its institutes were further forced to continually relocate in the turmoil of the Sino-Japanese War. Shortly after the victory, the institutes were still in gradual recovery when again moved to Taiwan. In 1954, Academia Sinica found its permanent home in Nangang. Striving in the face of adversity, it continued to grow and prosper ever since. This website was created in 2014 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of its re-establishment in Nangang. Featuring sections of "Founding and Re-establishment," "In Nangang," "Presidents since Founding," "Convocation," "Historical Vignettes" and "Timeline," it presents the path of Academia Sinica from the early days of struggle to its persistent pursuit of excellence. (Launched October 2014)


Reading Digital Atlas


This website collects Ming-Qing Dynasty atlases from the Library of Congress catalog, with analyses provided by National Palace Museum researcher Lin Tian-Ren. In addition, each record is viewable in English, and has a linked entry in the Library of Congress database. This website can be viewed in tandem with the physical catalog, Reading Imperial Cartography – Ming-Qing Historical Maps in the Library of Congress, published by Academia Sinica in 2013. (Launched June 2014)


Starting out from 23.5°N: Chen Cheng-Po


This website is a look back on the marvelous life of Chen Cheng-Po, through ten chapters that visualize data gathered from his works, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal collections. Integrating relevant research findings with information technology, this website utilizes data from the "Chen Cheng-Po Paintings and Documents" digital collection, which was established as a collaboration between the Academia Sinica Institute of Taiwan History, the Chiayi City Cultural Affairs Bureau, and the Chen Cheng-Po Cultural Foundation. (Launched January 2014)


Encyclopedia of Life


In 2011, Academia Sinica and the Forestry Bureau cooperated to launch the Taiwan Encyclopedia of Life, promoting sustainability and education for biodiversity conservation. Gathering all pertinent information for each species on its own webpage, the Encyclopedia has now recorded data for over one third of known species in Taiwan. This site is a partner in the international Encyclopedia of Life project, showcasing the beauty of Taiwan's biodiversity. All information is available for use under a Creative Commons license. (Launched January 2012)


Cyber Island


"Cyber Island" was born in 2006 to record and preserve a variety of images, in hopes of presenting a more complete portrait of Taiwan, and to act as a window for the world to come into contact with Taiwanese images. Renowned photographers, cultural history studios, smaller private collections, and individuals interested in photography were gathered from all over, under a Creative Commons license, to jointly construct a jigsaw puzzle of Taiwanese images belonging to the whole population, presenting the diverse faces of Taiwan. (Launched March 2006)


The 2016 "Digital Collections and Digital Humanities" Research Project Results Conference


Through the use of digital technology collections, and by management and application of our nation's precious cultural assets, the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures today holds over 5.6 million digitized documents and maintains over 200 websites and databases. It continues to expand digital content, develop relevant technologies, and broaden the scope of their application, in hopes of facilitating the "democratization" and "globalization" of digital culture. In order to inform everyone of the fruits of our research and to provide a space for dialogue exchange, we held the "Digital Collections and Digital Humanities" Research Project Results Conference, and launched this website to introduce its contents. (Launched October 2016)


Seminar on "Knowledge Organization and Cultural Heritage: Perspectives of Semantic Web"


In the 21st century Web 3.0 era, the question of how to promote, utilize, and preserve digital cultural assets, by means of semantically annotated knowledge organization systems combined with methodology and practice research, has in recent years become an important issue for research fields related to libraries, archives, and museums. This seminar introduces the newest research directions and developments from Taiwan and mainland China, promoting scholarly exchange. Real-life cases are used to investigate this issue’s many facets. (Launched May 2016)


The Images of Formosa: Campus Tour Exhibit of Digital Archived Photographs


This exhibition was co-organized by the team of Cyber Island and Aaeon Foundation. They worked in collaboration with Ren-Mei Elementary School in Taichung City to design courses by incorporating elements of the exhibition into interdisciplinary courses and to create well-established teaching materials and lesson plans. By doing so, they offered guidance to students to look at various aspects of Taiwan through different lenses so as to improve their self-learning skills. It was hoped that, through the touring exhibition, those lesson plans could be introduced to elementary schools in rural Chiayi to help teachers gradually advance their teaching skills and eventually enhance the quality of both teaching and learning. (Launched June 2015)


Between Warp and Woof – A Special Exhibit on Weaving the Life Stories of Aboriginals


This exhibit interweaves the life histories and the weaving culture of aboriginal women, following the threads of tradition and custom among the Pan-Atayal (Atayal, Taroko, Seediq), Paiwan, Kavalan, Pan-Siraya peoples. This exhibit utilizes virtual collections, digital technology, weaving artifacts, and physical costumes to allow audiences to step into the world of aboriginal weaving. (Launched September 2015)


In Retrospect: Post-War Student Activism in Taiwan


As part of the attempt to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica, this exhibition narrates in a chronological order the participation of students in political changes and social issues so as to present the role of student activism and its influences in the post-WWII development of political democratization and social reform in Taiwan (Launched October 2015)


The King's Tour of Inspection – A Virtual Exhibit on Island King Boat Culture


This virtual exhibit centers on the "King Boat" welcoming and send-off ceremony in Wang Yeh folk religion. Four cameramen – Taiwanese folk religion and custom researcher Huang Wen-bo, veteran photojournalist Yang Jin-Huang, Yanxiang Culture and History Studio director Wang Su-Man, and Duofuxuan Culture and History Picture Studio owner Chen Ding-Lin – were invited to contribute to the photo collection of Cyber Island by providing pictures of the King Boat ceremony. (Launched August 2014)


The National Freeway • Leopard Cats • Turtle Shell-ters – A Conservation and Artwork Exhibit


In 2014, a group of creators and individuals concerned about leopard cat conservation launched the "Foothills Ecosystem Series: Special Exhibition on the Conservation and Artwork of Leopard Cat Forests." They hoped to promote public awareness and appreciation for leopard cat conservation by moving people's hearts with beautiful artwork. All images collected through the exhibit are on display on this website. At the beginning of 2015, the webpage also adopted the Chinese box turtle and the rehabilitation of the National Freeway foothills ecosystem as additional subjects. (Launched July 2014)


Red Lips and Black Teeth: A Special Exhibition on Betel Nut Culture


The custom of chewing betel nuts has lasted for thousands of years, encompassing the inhabitants of Taiwan and southern China. Betel nuts have been used, not only as food or as gifts at social occasions and weddings, but also as treatment for illness, as safeguard against disease, or even as religious offerings or as charms for practicing witchcraft. This exhibit illustrates the different faces of the "betel nut," giving all visitors a more comprehensive understanding of the betel-nut and its cultural implications. (Launched September 2014)


Think X Chongqing S. Rd.


Chongqing South Road in Taipei is Taiwan's political and economic lifeline as many governmental agencies are located here, but it was also once a hub of book trade and literary gatherings. The exhibit Think X Chongqing S. Rd. was held successively at Taipei International Book Exhibition, National Taiwan Library, National Taiwan University, and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. By displaying images, artifacts, old books, etc., the exhibit evoked the charming time when bookstores prospered along Chongqing South Road. Available online are some of the precious historical photographs. (Launched February 2014)


Academia Sinica Collection Highlights


This website was created based on the contents of our book, Academia Sinica Digital Collection Highlights Catalog. Its objective is to utilize digital technology to lessen the urban-rural gap, and allow the public to draw on diverse popular science knowledge and academic research findings. We hope that through easier online browsing, people from all walks of society may now learn and become more familiar with the appearance and history of these cultural artifacts previously used for academic research. (Launched November 2014)


Digital Resources for Sinology Studies in Taiwan


This website provides references and links for researchers, research groups, and libraries in fields related to "Sinology Studies" and "Taiwan Studies," both domestic and international. The contents are curated from websites under the "Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program." Listings are sorted into 8 categories: Archives, Full-text Databases, Anthropology, Rare Books, Rubbings, Art & Sounds, Maps, and Others. Each listing includes the website name, web address, and descriptions in Chinese and English. (Launched July 2014)