Digitization of Cultural Heritage: Taiwan Experience (part 1 of 2)
Speakers: Der-Tsai Lee, Ming-chorng Hwang, Sophy Shu-Chen and Jessie Tsai, Academia Sinica. Abstract: The government of Taiwan initiated a national digitization program in 2002 to digitize our cultural heritage. Its main objective is to promote content digitization and preservation at major museums, libraries, archives, universities, research institutions and other content holders in Taiwan. Several public cultural institutions such as National Palace Museum, National Museum of History, National Museum of Natural Science, National Central Library, Academia Sinica, Academia Historica, National Taiwan University, etc. have participated in this national effort. Since then the program has evolved to become what is known as Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program, or TELDAP for short. In this presentation, we will first give an overview of TELDAP, and then present major outcomes accomplished and values derived in cultural, academic, socio-economic and educational aspects. The significant outcomes include a collection of databases with a union catalog containing more than 3 million digital items, the core technologies developed and the application & services models employed. The union catalog (http://catalog.digitalarchives.tw) contains digital collections ranging from archaeology, architecture, anthropology, artifact, botany, calligraphy and painting, geology, journalism and mass media, photography, rare books, stone rubbings, zoology, etc. We will also demonstrate some of projects that use Simile Timeline, Google Map API and other visualization tools and systems. A more in-depth description of the Early Chinese Bronze Inscription and Image Database, which is part of the Hanji (Scripta Sinica) database containing a very large corpus of ancient Chinese text will be presented also to demonstrate the demand for information technology from humanities and the relationship between scholars and information scientists.