Research efforts include multimedia technology, language technology, and database & metadata technology.

 

Efforts

1. Linked Data Technology

■ Transforming metadata into interlinked units on the semantic web crossing the boundaries of languages and nations
When a data is structured and published according to the principles of Linked Data, it can be interlinked on the Semantic Web. Linked Data is applied to the metadata of the terminology concerning the description, history, scholarly research and conservation of objects of cultural heritage. It breaks down the original structure of metadata into smaller, semantically-interconnectible bits that can be understood and processed automatically by computers.

When Linked Data is open on the Semantic Web, it means that the data can be interlinked and made openly accessible and shareable as Linked Open Data. Whereas the practice of LOD involves an evolution in protocols and licensing options, it enables data from different resources to be effectively interconnected and queried, thus making it more useful across the globe.

Applying LOD may lead to significant research findings with a tightly-connected data pool from various fields. To achieve this, ASCDC is currently converting the Union Catalog into the LOD model and calling for data released and authorized by other institutions.

Featured sites: LODLab, ASCDC, Linked Taiwan Artists
Related projects: Digital archives of National Center for Traditional Arts - Taiwan Music Institute; The Construction of Asian Buddhist Art Thesaurus and Information System, Ministry of Science and Technology, R. O. C. (Taiwan)
Partners: The Getty Research Institute, Institute of History and Philology, National Center for Traditional Arts - Taiwan Music Institute

 

2. Digital Museum

■ Curate and showcase your own exhibitions online
The Open Museum flourishes on the concepts of free access and co-creation. It offers a free, online space for individuals and institutions to store and show their collections based on the structure of Linked Open Data allowing for worldwide linkage. Free tools and templates are available for the user to curate online exhibitions combining items from their and other people’s collections. Catalog and query system is also available in the Open Museum.

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Contributors (2017 – the Present): Pingtung County Government (see its collections at Open Museum), Taiwan; Taiwan Film Institute; National Center for Traditional Arts - Taiwan Music Institute

 

3. Digital Humanities Research Technology

■ Edit and co-edit your research with colleagues whenever and wherever you want – it’s on the cloud
This platform is an open, cloud-based text repository equipped with textual analysis tools such as text annotation, term frequency analysis, text similarity comparison, association analysis, spatial-temporal presentation and data visualization. You can not only access to texts imported by others, but also upload your own texts and authority terms to this platform, where your colleagues are able to share and co-edit them with you. The computational model introduced by this research platform may open up possibilities to investigate issues to which little scholarly attention has paid before.

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Partners: The Scripta Sinica Database at the Institute of History and Philology, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica

 

4. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Technology for Chinese Rare Books

■ Making machine read faster, and smarter
We use machine learning to develop a computational reader specialized in transcribing digitized images of rare books into electronic texts, in order to accelerate the overall process of digitization. Results show that the success rate of OCR of our program is over 90%, which is higher than that of the existing open source software as well as commercialized interfaces. In reducing the time-consuming human labor, this automation process will enable more texts to be queried and used.

This program was presented at the 14th Conference of Digital Archives & Digital Humanities (DADH) in 2017 -- find out more
Partners: The Scripta Sinica Database at the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

 

5. Web Image & Text Annotation

■ Our image annotation tools live up to the standard of International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
We make online image resources open to direct annotation, correction and revision. Such a revision can be carried out straightforwardly, as the user can pick up a passage or an image to annotate the content in a way he/she sees suitable. Employing IIIF ensures the interoperability of the resources on other programming interfaces.

Featured sites: Digital Humanities Research Platform, Open Museum, Cyber Island
Related project: The Construction of Asian Buddhist Art Thesaurus and Information System, Ministry of Science and Technology
Partner: Institute of History and Philology

 

6. Geographical Information System (GIS)

■ Do your fieldwork on the go: upload and annotate data with GIS
Our GIS product features GIS for Religious Landscape in Taiwan, which combines historical literature, fieldwork, and the collaboration between experts and locals with GIS. It enables the user to locate all kinds of religious site in Taiwan and get a sense of their distribution in space and development through time, ushering in a methodology of digital humanities.

Related projects: GIS for Religious Landscape in Taiwan; Walking into the Past & Present app series: Taipei, Taichung, Tainan (currently available editions)
Partner: Department of Religious Studies, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

 

7. Metadata Architecture & Application

■ Enabling richer access to metadata
As an object is archived digitally, it cannot go without a set of metadata that represent it in computational terms within a standardized data structure. The organization of metadata is therefore key to the efficiency of its retrieval, display, management and use, so that the data can be preserved in an open, interoperable and sustainable environment.

Find out more: http://metadata.teldap.tw/standard/standard-frame.html
Related projects: National Digital Archives Program (NDAP); Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP); MOE Resources for Teaching, Ministry of Education; Institute of History and Philology and Institute of Ethnology

 

8. Union Catalog System

■ Over 560 million digitized items available on over 760 sites – accessible via one portal
Search among the archives built during the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP) via the Union Catalog. You can switch between basic search and advanced search, and the search criteria include: subject, time, location of preservation, participants and contributors of the Program etc.

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9. Digital Archives Construction & Maintenance

■ Archive components allow for a fast and stream-lined process for building databases
This technology intends to componentize modules that are prerequisite for initiating digital archives to facilitate the construction of new archives in a systematic way. With these components, repetitive building process can be reduced and system maintenance can run smoothly.

Currently there are: string process, XML document process, timing process, Chinese word missing process, HTML website process, authority control process, multimedia process, data base access, data transfer process, etc. Also including authority control module, code administration module, journal management process, etc.

Related projects:
Institute of History and Philology: Rare Books at the Fu Ssu Nien Library, Seals at the Fu Ssu Nien Library, IHP Authority Files of Names, Digital Archives of Archaeological Data, Rubbings Data, Digital Archive of the Han Wooden Slips, Digital Archives of Bronze Images and Inscriptions
Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica: Taiwan Ethnography Video and Audio Archive

 

10. System Preservation & Maintenance

■ A powerful back-up
This technology protects websites, databases and programs by virtue of virtualization. It provides archive managers with back-up and maintenance systems.

Related project: Digital Taiwan - Culture & Nature

 

11. Restitution of Missing Chinese Characters

■ A lost-and-found for missing Chinese characters
With the assistance of Home of Chinese Document Processing Lab, our exchange code draws on the word formation method to tackle with the problem of missing characters of electronic texts in the Chinese language in digital archives. Based on the rules of Chinese word formation, we divide a character into small image components, which are crucial to restituting missing characters on the Internet.

Find out more: Missing character processor, Home of Chinese Document Processing Lab
Related projects:
Institute of History and Philology: Rare Books at the Fu Ssu Nien Library, Seals at the Fu Ssu Nien Library, Digital Archives of Archaeological Data, Rubbings Data and Digital Archive of the Han Wooden Slips.

 

12. Digital Image Archiving

■ A multimedia data manager
This technology specializes in converting HD images of digitized objects into a browser-friendly version online with animated watermark and other functions to ensure high-quality presentation and rights protection.

Find out more: Multimedia Center, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica
Related projects:
Institute of History and Philology: Rare Books at the Fu Ssu Nien Library, Seals at the Fu Ssu Nien Library, Digital Archives of Archaeological Data, Rubbings Data and Digital Archive of the Han Wooden Slips.

 

13. Video Archiving Technology

■ Publish your own video on Vcenter
The Research & Development of Technology Division of the National Digital Archives Program has developed advanced technologies for managing digital video archives. With these technologies, we can build indexing systems for the fast retrieval of digital video content, and also add value to applications of the content.

We develop tools enabling the user to upload a video, convert it, play it, collate it and archive it – and all the tools are unified on Vcenter. There are many things that one can do with Vcenter: video format transformation, video shot detection, video abstract extraction, key frame extraction, metadata searching, full text searching, voice searching, streaming video format, and a nonlinear online editing tool. Watermarks, subtitles, bookmarks and GIS technology are also available on the site.

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14. Web Album & Social Media

■ Share your photos on social media
iPicbox is a site that allows users to manage their photos before publishing them on social media such as Facebook or Plurk. On iPicbox, you can also share your albums with people and design how the pictures are to be viewed.

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