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Vision and Commitment: A History of the Development of Digital Humanities at Academia Sinica, 1984-2015

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The fruitful digitalization of cultural assets in Taiwan does not happen overnight. This book interviews nearly 40 people who have witnessed and participated in the development of Digital Humanities in Taiwan. It reflects in retrospect on the long way of digitalization that Academia Sinica has traveled over the past 30 years as well as pays tribute to those unnamed heroes who have contributed to the expansion of digital culture in Taiwan.

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White Paper on Digital Humanities

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White Paper on Digital Humanities is a new born child of this digital age. Emphasizing frontiers in Digital Humanities, this companion collects thirty book reviews on various subjects of digital humanity, providing detailed analyses on the field’s recent intellectual and institutional developments. The companion also includes essays on leading journals, research projects, and institutes of the field, as well as records of useful website sources. Meanwhile, this White Paper also reflects on the state of the affairs in Taiwan, and asks questions about ways in which Taiwan can participate in recent, international development of Digital Humanities. This is not only a highly reflexive and visionary manual. It provides one of the richest account on Digital Humanities in the Sinophone world, with elements of Taiwanese experiences of the field.

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The Development and Application of Xiaoxuetang Database

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This is a scholarly report on the technological development and scholarly applications of Xiaoxuetang Database for Chinese Etymology. Xiaoxuetang Database for Chinese Etymology is the largest database of the filed in Taiwan, accumulating twenty-four years of experiences and scholarly efforts. The Database boasts its collections with more than 220,000 entries on characters – including Oracle Bone Script, Chinese Bronze Inscriptions, and Small Seal Script; more than 1,340,000 entries on Chinese Phonology; and about 360,000 entries of index on Chinese Character Dictionary. It is also linked to five external digital dictionaries. It has been the subject of successful and positive receptions by scholarly experts in the field since its launch in 2013, and has accommodated more than 10,000,000 viewers.
This report is clear and rigorous, providing detailed introduction to the development, the system structure, the user interface, the logic and the practices of the database.

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Selected Digital Collections of Academia Sinica

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Since the founding of Academia Sinica, research fellows from various institutes have collected a large amount of data and cultural artifacts, oracle bone scripts, bronzes, files, aboriginal artifacts, audio-visual materials, maps and remote sensing images, and animal and plant specimens, for the purpose of conducting academic research. Many of these important collections have been digitized and available for users to search on the databases. Due to the enormous size of the collection, this catalogue is produced to facilitate promotion, which includes collections selected by various institutions that are worth appreciation. It is divided into three major categories: cultural heritage, documents and files, and natural resources. The content of the atlas have been added to the Selected Digital Collections of Academia Sinica.

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Creative Comic Collection

“Anime Endorsement”
Vol. 7, Creative Comic Collection

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The convention of celebrity endorsement is being challenged by bespoken anime characters that take up the place of movie stars and sport heroes. We make a pilgrimage to Kyoto to see how the city’s municipal subway embraces anime decoration from the inside out, and we also pay attention to the anime character conquering Kaohsiung Metro. In this trend, Simon Co. is a Taiwanese designer’s firm that makes a name for itself. Other examples include the animation of Mazu, i.e. the sea goddess worshiped in the Chinese-speaking coasts and overseas, and Apocalypse of Darkness Warfare which has been endorsing the tourism of Ximen district in Taipei.

Strips in this issue:
Yuhuide xiaomeiwu jishibu, “I’m gonna hold a garden fair!” by Qinshui
Save the Habitat by KoKai
“The Secret of Pearl” part 1, To the Glittering Sea by Yinyin
Nobody's Song by ROCKAT
The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chi-ya

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“Dojin: A Rising Wave”
Vol. 6, Creative Comic Collection

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Over three decades dojin has been an important site of self-published productions of manga and animation in Taiwan. Dojin refers to the creative practice in which amateur fans dedicate their own interpretation of the narrative of a given creative work in small-time publication. Some professional manga artists use dojin as a test ground for their techniques. Fandom networking flourishes on dojin because it brings people from various fields together. In effect dojin amounts to a unique social culture in readership and publishing. This issue looks into the early development of dojin in Taiwan, where sparkles of creativity forms a shiny non-commercial constellation.

Strips in this issue:
“A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Colors” Episode 6, by D.S.
Nobody's Song by ROCKAT
Save the Habitat by KoKai
“The Secret of Pearl” part 1, To the Glittering Sea by Yinyin
The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chi-ya

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“Dreaming within a Budding Grove”
Vol. 5, Creative Comic Collection

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Tentatively put, every young girl cherishes one manga that has struck a chord with the tenderness of her heart. This issue surveys the development of what is known as “shojo manga” (viz. manga about or for young women) in Taiwan, with interviews featuring authors from different generations including You Su-lan, Nicky Chung-ping Li, and Ke You-shi to probe their insight into manga creation. A special commentary is dedicated to male protagonists who have stolen many hearts away while dreaming in a budding grove.

Strips in this issue:
“Monday Recycling”, Terrestrial Paradise part 2 by Yang Shuang-zi
“A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Colors” Episode 5, by D.S.
The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chi-ya
“Overwhelmed”, Episode 8 part 2, Nobody's Song by ROCKAT
Save the Habitat by KoKai
To the Glittering Sea, by YinYin

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“Getaway to Thailand”
Vol. 4, Creative Comic Collection

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Thailand is carrying an impressive clout as one of Asia’s emerging giants in cultural industry. Heading for the 2018 Bangkok International Book Fair in April, our editors report the latest manga news on the spot. A special interview is dedicated to Munin Saiprasrat (known as Munin or May), cartoonist author of I Sea You, a delicate graphic work that sets out to explore the ineffable and intimacy in its purest form.
“The Globetrotting Taiwanese” brings home how Taiwanese expats are getting on in pursuit of their manga dreams.

Strips in this issue:
“The Book of Lost Property,” Old Objects at Huai House: A Chronicle by AKRU
“A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Colors” Episode 4, by D.S.
The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chi-ya
“Monday Recycling,” Terrestrial Paradise part 1, Yang Shuang-zi
“Overwhelmed,” Episode 8, Nobody's Song by ROCKAT
“Save the Unknown Charitable Deeds” Episode 3, by KoKai

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“Adaptation across Disciplines”
Vol. 3, Creative Comic Collection

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Adapting manga into television series is all the rage, and to make the show a hit, the screenwriter plays a decisive role. In this issue, “COMIBig Names” interviews Nogi Akiko, screenwriter of two adapted series The Full-Time Wife Escapist (逃げるは恥だが役に立つ) and Second Print Run Confirmed!(重版出来), to talk about some tips for remaking manga stories. “Behind the Scene” probes into the production of A Hundred Tableaux of Taipei (北城百畫帖), the first CCC narrative to go onto the screen. See how the community of Sakae-cho in early twentieth-century Taipei under the Japanese rule is recreated!

Strips in this issue:
“Yamaraja's List: Part 2” by Yotzu (柚子)
The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chi-ya
“Overwhelmed,” Episode 7, Nobody's Song by ROCKAT
“Save the Unknown Charitable Deeds” Episode 2, by KoKai
“A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Colors” Episode 3, by D.S.

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“Anatomy of Historical Manga”
Vol. 2, Creative Comic Collection

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It’s just hard to resist historical manga. The cover story “Anatomy of Historical Manga” focuses on the recreation of nineteenth-century Asian tea hub Dadaocheng (大稻埕) in terms of mapping, characterization, material culture and fictional weaving of historical facts in the fabrics of The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade (異人茶跡). “COMIBig Names” interviews Japanese manga artist Motoka Murakami, and “World Manga” journeys to Turkey to have a look at one of the world’s oldest satirical weekly cartoon!

Strips in this issue:
“House Hunting in Monga: The Second Factory,” The Strangers’ Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chi-ya
“Yamaraja's List: Part 2” by Yotzu (柚子)
“Save the Unknown Charitable Deeds” by KoKai
“The Book of Lost Property,” Old Objects at Huai House: A Chronicle by AKRU
“A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Colors,” Episode 2 by D.S.
“Overwhelmed,” Episode 7, Nobody's Song by ROCKAT

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Vol. 1, Relaunch Issue of Creative Comic Collection

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CCC is officially back. Now a monthly magazine instead of a seasonal one it used to be, CCC foregrounds attempts at integrating talents in the Humanities, manga and technology and provides testing grounds for commercially-oriented projects.
The cover story of this issue focuses on a variety of independent manga shops to open up Taiwanese readers’ imagination of what manga can be. “Recommending New Sensations” presents “Grass Wind” by Zheng Yao-qing, whose strong, powerful strokes depict the desolation of adult dreams.

Strips in this issue:
"A Hundred Flowers, A Hundred Colors" Episode 1 by D. S.
"Yamaraja's List" by Yotzu (柚子)
"Nobody's Song" Episode 6, The Curse of the Artist by ROCKAT
"House Hunting in Monga: The First Manufacture Factory", The Strangers' Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chiya (張季雅)
"Stairs on the Water Surface: Part Two", Old Objects at Huai House: A Chronicle by AKRU

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“Relaunch Issue” of Creative Comic Collection

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The objective of this new generation of Creative Comic Collection is to drive the trend of long and mid-length comic book series in Taiwan, to draw attention to the trends of comic books in Taiwan and even the world as well as to improve industry trend reports.
The highlight of this collection is "Border-Crossing Comic of the Year" section centering on "Comic Book Qseries" in which takes place an intertextual dialogue between audio-video materials and comic books. The "World of Comics: Imaginary or Reality? Creative Comic Collection Interactive Digital Exhibition" report delineates the "Fictional Reality in Comic" exposition that displays all sorts of delicate design embodied by creativity and technology. The "New Sensation Recommendation" section presents 61Chi's Sometimes in the City whose 9-panel grid comic portrays the poetic corners of the city.

Strips in this issue:
“Stairs on the Water Surface: Part One”, Old Objects at Huai House: A Chronicle by AKRU
“House Hunting in Monga: Part One”, The Strangers' Travels: A Tale of Tea Trade by Chang Chiya
Prologue: Part One, Dutchman in Formosa by Kinono
Saving the Last Leopard Cat by Kokai
“I'm a singer too” Episode 5, Nobody's Song by ROCKAT

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Issues from 2009 to 2015: Creative Comic Collection Number 1-20

 
Walking into the Past & Present Series

Walking into Taichung's Past and Present

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* English version forthcoming in autumn 2018


Walking into Taichung's Past and Present introduces the first tour guide with mobile app of the city of Taichung. Garnished with eleven exquisite early maps of the city, alongside with nearly two hundred old photographs, this 'digital' guide summons the spirit of the city's past. With the uses of GIS and comparisons with modern maps, it promises a journey walking through Taichung's past and present.
The guide also provides essays on seventeen themes that are intimately related to Taichung's city culture in the past hundred years, from Period of Japanese Rule to the Post-War Period, covering histories of the development of the city, as well as the city's cultural activities. Reading these essays with the mobile app shall increase the enjoyment of touring through profound introductions to and lively experiences of the city's ancient and modern memories.

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Walking into Taipei's Past and Present

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The past history of Taipei has been buried gradually in peoples' memories after generations and regime changes but clues to the past still remain. When turning a corner, we may suddenly stumble on a street view that may have been familiar before - the features of the past may be hidden within our modern city. The daily lives of the people in bygone generations still have surprising connections to our own lives.
This book has selected 12 historical maps from 1895, and over 200 old photos. Using the Geographic Information System (GIS) technique, the book integrates old and new maps, allowing users to travel in time while walking around the city. Furthermore, the book even combines with the free "Taipei Historical Maps" mobile APP. If users scan the QR Code of the destinations, then it will link directly to the APP maps and the users can instantly see streetscape photos of past and present. It is the first ever guide book to combine annotated street photos from two different timelines to allow readers to experience travel through time and space.
Experts in the fields of history and the humanities were invited to write articles and fascinating stories based around 24 themes. The readers are invited to compare the maps and photos, while vividly experiencing historical detail designed to fuel their imaginations. Find out more

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Reading Antique Cartography

Reading Antique Cartography: Historical Chinese Maps in the British Library

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Published by: Institute of Taiwanese History in association with the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures

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The atlas contains 129 historical Chinese maps from the British Library. The selected maps are divided into several categories: economic and transportation, famous historical sites, flood control and embankment, local administration and provinces, city, world and military focus. Most of the historical Chinese maps treasured by the British Library in the mid nineteenth century are official manuscripts or works presented to the court. Furthermore, compared with the historical maps housed in the Qing Court, they share a completely different way of being presented in terms of style, techniques and the target audience. The interpretation of historical literature, chronology of the maps' examination and the maps' information analysis was done by Dr. Lin, Tien-jen from the National Palace Museum. Dr. Peter Barber, Head of Cartographic and Topographic Materials, the British Library, made time for contributing a great paper in the midst of his busy schedule. He explores the acquisition of the historical Chinese maps of the British Library. The content of the atlas have been added to the Reading Digital Atlas.

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Reading Imperial Cartography: Ming-Qing Historical Maps in the Library of Congress

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Published by: Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures in association with the Library of Congress

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October 2014 (2nd edition)


The bi-lingual annotated atlas contains 157 pre-1900 historical Chinese maps from the Library of Congress. The maps selected for the book are either of academic significance, made with exquisite craftsmanship or rare to be seen among the collection institutes. They are organized into 9 categories: (1) general maps (2) local administrative maps (3) flood control and embankment maps (4) military and traffics maps (5) city maps (6) political and boundary maps (7) maps of temples, palaces and royal gardens (8) maps of social and economic conditions (9) mixed-theme maps. The content of the atlas have been added to the Reading Digital Atlas.

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Complete Companions to Digitization

Digitization Procedures Guidelines (29 volumes)

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Published by: Taiwan Digital Archives Expansion Project

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This set of guidelines is divided into two categories: "selected objects" and "common principles", which compares and integrates the digitization procedures of the digital archives projects around the country, accompanied by theories and practices of related digitization technology from home or abroad. It is hoped to give the readers a more complete insight into the procedures.

 

Project Albums

The 2018 Album of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities at Academia Sinica

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This album presents the latest work of Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures (main project) and the thirteen subprojects supported and carried out by other institutes at Academia Sinica. Essential topics include the Digital Humanities Research Platform, Linked Open Data conversion, Open Museum, Creative Comic Collection, Walking into Taichung’s Past and Present (book & mobile app), Scripta Sinica, and Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank.

2017 Report on Digital Archives & Digital Humanities Research Project

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This program presents a digital promenade across a wonderland of cultures. Find out the latest work by ASCDC in a nutshell: Exhibition “World of Comics: Imaginary or Reality?” “Linked Open Data,” “Open Museum” curating program, Digital Humanities Research Platform, Automatization of Chinese Corpus and analytic tools for ancient texts.

 

Gleaning in History: Sustainable Management of Taiwan Digital Archives: 2013-2015

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Published by: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica

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The objective of Digital Archives is to sift through the long course of history and arrive at the quintessence of all things. Since its founding, Center for Digital Humanities has assisted all institutes at Academic Sinica in developing projects for digitalization and executed “The Project for Sustainable Management of Taiwan Digital Archives” for the Ministry of Science and Technology. Gleaning in History records this endeavor in its first three years. The content presented here largely comes from the website of Oryza Sativa: Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures, 2013-2015.

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Taiwan e-Learning & Digital Archives Program

Digital Taiwan: Websites and Databases of Digital Archives and e-Learning

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Published by: TELDAP Program Office

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The book collects the websites and databases of digital archives and e-learning, including those built and maintained by the "Digital Museum Project", "National Digital Archives Program", "National Science and Technology Program for e-Learning" and "Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program". Through the classification and brief introduction, it is hoped to help the readers know more about Taiwan's rich cultural and digital resources.

When Technology Meets Humanities: The Process of Digital Archives and e-Learning

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The book takes a retrospective and thorough look at the "Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program" from 2002 to 2012, which not only reports on the development process and important achievement of the program, but also invites the members to share their experiences and thoughts about participating in the program. At the end of the book are a collection of photos and an overall list of projects.

 
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