Contemporary Chinese Village Data (CCVD)

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The East Asian Library (EAL) of the University Library System (ULS) will use its Seed Project funding to begin work on the Contemporary Chinese Village Data (CCVD) project, which will create an open resource of primary data from the ULS’s collection of Chinese village gazetteers. The ULS currently holds the largest collection of these publications outside of China. The CCVD project, the first of its kind in the world, will create a dataset of significant scholarly value based on these periodically-issued compendiums of administrative data on China’s villages. The dataset will include information on topics such as population changes, healthcare, rural development, educational attainment, religious activities, village histories, genealogy, and more. CCVD will create an open-access resource that will allow users to discover and analyze data concerning China’s most basic administrative unit: the village. The project is a collaborative effort between multiple ULS departments, in consultation with the Department of History, the University Center for International Studies, and the Asian Studies Center.

With the support of the Pitt Seed funds, the CCVD project has created the Chinese Village Data site.  

Principal Investigator

Haihui Zhang
University Libraries

Select Collaborators

Michael Bolam
Metadata Librarian

Aaron Brenne
Digital Scholarship, ULS

Luke Ferdinand
Technology Support Services

Edward Galloway
Librarian for Archives & Special Collections

Jinfu Lu
East Asian Catalog Librarian

Boris Michev
Liaison Librarian

Jeffrey Wisniewski
Web Services and Communications Librarian

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