Showcase I: A Time Traveler's Guide to Taiwan



Overview of TELDAP Contents (20 Mins)
Kuo-hsing HSIEH, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica; TELDAP Program Office

Since the launch of the National Digital Archives Program (NDAP) in 2002 and the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP) in 2008, Taiwan has established vast amounts of digital cultural and natural heritage contents over the decade. The 10 years of effort has successfully made the precious collections preserved in various research and cultural institutions across the island accessible to the public through the Internet. These contents ranging from Anthropology to Zoology are important supports for academic research, as well as educational, cultural, social, and industrial development. This presentation as the first of a series of TELDAP showcases, will give an overview of the whole program with the emphasis on the major content holders as well as highlights of digital resources in Taiwan.



A Decade of the Rare Books Digital Archive at the National Central Library: Sharing and Collaboration (20 Mins)
Hsiao-ming YU, National Central Library

   Since 2001, the National Central Library (hereafter NCL) have participated the National Archives Digitization Pilot Project with its Chinese rare books collection. Followed by the National Digital Archives Program (NDAP, 2002-2007), the Taiwan E-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP, 2008-2012, NCL continues their participation with additional collections such as journals and newspapers, local gazetteers, government bulletins and statistics.  Besides, the NCL actively applied funding support from the Ministry of Education, the Council for Cultural Affairs for digitization of audio-visual materials and other important collections that need to be digitized.  At the same time, the NCL actively communicate and seek collaboration with publishing industry and academic researchers for possible mechanism on value-added joint projects with its rare books digitization outcome..

   This paper, based on our digital archiving effort over the past ten years, would like to exhibit some of the present the value-added application, successful joint projects between scholarly researchers and publishing industries, and to delineates the fruitful outcome of our international collaboration, in order to demonstrate the NCL as one of the important infrastructural basis for knowledge economy and innovative research in Taiwan.



An Overview of the Digital Resources of National Taiwan University Library (20 Mins)
Hsueh-hua CHEN, National Taiwan University

   The National Taiwan University Library (NTUL) has been digitizing its collections since 1997. After more than 10 years of effort, NTUL has accomplished considerable results. Under the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, NTUL has digitized six Taiwan-related archives, including the Tan-Shin Archives and several others, all of which are available to the public. Additionally, in hopes of better preservation and promotion, NTUL is gradually digitizing its collection of rare books and manuscripts. Furthermore, new subject collections such as the Database of Taiwanese Old Photos and the Taiwan Colonial Statistics Database have been created, whose entries include various photos and statistics extracted from old books published during the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945). NTUL also actively seeks collaboration opportunities with other institutions and private collectors. In these collaborations, NTUL digitizes the collections provided by collaborating institutes. Prominent examples of these efforts include the KMT Party History Database and the Taiwan Democracy Archives held by the Chilin Foundation. In addition to digitizing physical collections, NTUL is also concerned with born-digital materials. The establishment of the NTU Web Archiving System and the NTU Institutional Repository are notable examples of National Taiwan University’s focus on research and Taiwan-related studies.



Integrated Resources and Value-added Services: Digital Archival Systems of ITH (20 Mins)
Li-chiao WANG, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica

   Archives are the first-hand records of all human activities and provide valuable primary sources for historical researchers. Diversified historical resources not only offers researchers wide-ranging and multi-faceted perspectives into the study of history, but also enables more objective interpretations of these past materials, portraying the peoples and events of bygones eras with greater authenticity and accuracy. Therefore, Institute of Taiwan History (ITH) has been dedicated to collect and obtain more materials from the greater society in Taiwan for more than twenty years. In order to preserve the fragile materials, the ITH has adopted digitization technology to convert them into digital format. ITH has been participating in the national digital archives program since 2004. In “Digitization & Value-added Project of Taiwan Historical Archives”, diversified digital archives have been established, consisting of institutional records, personal papers, family archives, and rare books etc. This article introduces “Taiwan Archival Information System,” “Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank,” and “Taiwan Sotokufu Personnel Directory” established by ITH and demonstrates how these systems are designed to present diversity and uniqueness of historical resources of Taiwan, enhance retrieval efficiency and raise user satisfaction.


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