Workshop on Chinese Historical Databases: Sources, Methods, Prospects held at HKUST, January 11-12, 2024

Participants at the workshop Chiense Historical DatabasesL Sources, Methods, Prospects held at HKUST on January 11 and 12, 2024

Cameron Campbell organized a meeting on Chinese Historical Databases: Sources, Methods, Prospects on January 11 and 12, 2024 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The meeting is one in a series of activities intended to promote the development of research infrastructure for studying China’s past organized under the auspices of and with support from the RGC Areas of Excellence Project Quantitative History of China (Chen Zhiwu PI). Staff from the HKUST School of Humanities and Social Sciences, including Lee-Campbell Group RA Shengbin Wei, provided logistical support.

The meeting brought together historians and social scientists constructing databases suited for the quantitative analysis of Chinese history. Participants from Hong Kong, mainland China, and Europe introduced their databases. These included projects that were already complete, others were in progress, and some were in the planning stages. Presentations and discussion focused not only on the content of the databases and prospects for analysis, but nuts and bolts issues related to the construction, preservation, documentation and dissemination of the databases. Several presentations covered techniques being used to automate the creation of databases, including OCR, tokenization, entity recognition, and record linkage.

Lee-Campbell Group members including Cameron Campbell, Dong Hao, Gao Shuaqi, Chen Jun, Wu Yibei, James Lee, Hou Yueran and Matt Noellert made presentations introducing their databases.

In addition to the presenters, other faculty and students attended as observers.

The meeting concluded with the development of plans for training workshops for historians to help them learn how to construct databases and make use of existing ones.

Christian Henriot has written a more detailed discussion of the Chinese historical databases meeting at the ENEP website.

Opening

Introductory Remarks by Chen Zhiwu, Cameron Campbell

Session 1 – New Approaches

Chair: Cameron Campbell

Lin Zhan
Content and Value of the Chinese Genealogy Database

Guenther Lomas
The Process of Building the Chinese Genealogy Database

Chen Yuqi
Geocoding the Past World: Unearthing Coordinates of Early China from Texts Using Large Language Models

Session 2 – Geographic, Economic, and Other Context

Chair: Chen Zhiwu

Hu Heng
清史时空综合数据平台-清史地理信息系统和基于地方志的清代职官信息集成数据库

Ma Debin
Quantifying Living Standards, an Overview

Ziang Liu
Early Modern Wages: Data and Limits

Gao Shuaiqi
清代危机(灾害)量化数据的应用与局限

Session 3  – Late Imperial China I

Chair: James Lee

Ma Min
基于近代传教士档案的人物数据库设想

Dong Hao
East Asian Population Databases

Christian Henriot
Modern China Historical Database: Current Status and Future Prospects

Session 4 – Late Imperial China II

Chair: Debin Ma

Cameron Campbell
CGED-Q: Current Status and Future Plans

Chen Jun
CGED-Q ZSBL: Military Officials

Fu Haiyan
近代中国寺庙登记表数据库及初步的研究

Session 5 – ROC

Chair: Dong Hao

Yibei Wu
Late Qing and Beiyang Student Records, and Beiyang and ROC Officials

Hou Yueran
Construction of Occupational Database of Tsinghua Students Studying in America with Boxer Indemnity Fund (1909-1944)

Lik Hang Tsui
Ink Trails: Correspondence and Connections in a Dataset of Epistolary Manuscripts from Song China

Session 6 – ROC and PRC

Chair: Christian Henriot

Matthew Noellert
Lee-Campbell Group Post-1949 Rural Datasets

James Lee
Lee-Campbell Group PRC and ROC Educational, Academic, and Professional Datasets

Chen Ting
Post-1949 County Gazetteers

Pierre Landry
China’s provincial CCP élite since 1921

Future Directions

Panel with remarks by Cameron Campbell, Zhiwu Chen, Christian Henriot, and James Z. Lee

Closing panel with opening remarks by Cameron Campbell, Zhiwu Chen, Christian Henriot, and James Lee
James Lee, Christian Henriot, Zhiwu Chen and Cameron Campbell at the closing session. Photo by Xue Qin.

Participant Roster

CampbellCameron康文林
ChenJun陈俊
ChenTing陈婷
ChenYuqi陈钰琪
ChenZhiwu陈志武
DongHao董浩
FuHaiyan付海晏
GaoShuaiqi高帅奇
HenriotChristian安克强
HouYueran侯玥然
HuHeng胡恒
KanHongliu阚红柳
LandryPierre李磊
LeeJames李中清
LinZhan林展
LiuZiang刘紫昂
LomasGuenther罗孟德
MaDebin马德斌
MaMin马敏
NoellertMatthew倪志宏
TsuiLik Hang徐力恒
XueQin薛勤
WeiShengbin韦圣彬
YangYang杨阳
YuBruce虞越
ZhangLawrence张乐翔
WuYibei吴艺贝
BethKwok郭靖琦
MilesSteven麦哲维