(Source: Academia Sinica)
Open data and digital archive make historical data research easier! The Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica and Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures have developed the “Bamboo and Wooden Slips Dictionary - A Database of Juyan Han Bamboo and Wooden Slips Collected by the Institute of History and Philology” in 2019. This year, they have further cooperated with 5 university research institutions in Japan to build the largest “Multi-database Search System for Historical Chinese Characters” in East Asia and the database was officially launched.
Through a single portal, high-quality historical text images spanning thousands of years can be retrieved across countries and institutions. According to the Academia Sinica, there are currently about 1.5 million high-resolution text images in the five integrated databases, all of which are released in accordance with the creative CC terms and can be downloaded for free for value-added use.
According to the Academia Sinica, the “Multi-database Search System for Historical Chinese Characters” consists of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica, Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures, Nara National Research Institute for Culture Properties, Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo, National Institute of Japanese Literature, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, and the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University. The database integrated the text and image digital resources from the epoch to the 19th century, such as bamboo slips and papers, documents and classics, manuscripts and block copies from China and Japan.