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Dear Reader,

(including all its subsidiary (and/or sister) pages on "coombs.anu.edu.au" server) has permanently ceased its publishing operations on Friday 21st January 2011.

All of the online resources reported here have been thoroughly checked at the time of their listing. However, it is possible that, with the with the passage of time, many of the originally reported materials might have been removed from the Internet, or changed their online address, or varied the scope and quality of their contents.

Fortunately, in several cases it is possible to access many of the older versions of the resources listed in the MONITOR. This can be easily done via the free services of the "The Internet Archive" http://web.archive.org/, a remarkable brainchild of Brewster Kahle, San Francisco, CA.

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Editor, Dr T. Matthew Ciolek.

Canberra, 21 January 2011.

14 April 2008

China Biographical Database Project (CBDB)


13 Apr 2008

Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US

"The China Biographical Database is an online relational database with biographical information about approximately 35,000 individuals as of April 2007 [over 40,000 individuals in Apr 2008 - ed.], primarily from the seventh through fourteenth centuries. The data is meant to be useful for statistical and spatial [i.e. GIS - ed.] analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference. The long term goal of CBDB is systematically to include all significant biographical material from Chinaƕs history and to make the contents available free of charge, without restriction, for academic use. CBDB is currently adding more Song period biographies. CBDB originates with the work of Robert M. Hartwell (1932-1996). Professor Hartwell bequeathed his estate, including the first version of this database, to the Harvard-Yenching Institute. The development of CBDB is now a joint project of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica, and the Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History at Peking University.

The CBDB Steering Committee is responsible for oversight: Peter K. Bol, Harvard University (chair); Deng Xiaonan, Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History, Peking University; Michael A. Fuller, University of California at Irvine; Robert P. Hymes, Columbia University; Lau Nap-yin, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinic;a Liu Cheng-yun, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica; Zhang Xiqing, Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History, Peking University."

Site contents:
* History of CBDB; * Collaborating Institutions and Editorial Committee; * Coverage of CBDB; * Methodological Issues; * Mapping and Analyzing CBDB Data; * Structure of Data (1.People, 2.Kinship and Lineage, 3.Non-kinship Associations (Mourning Events, and Gifts), 4.Status (the types of socio-economic roles a person can play in society), 5.Modes of Entry into Government, 6.Offices and Postings to office (the bureaucratic organization of rule through time), 7.Events (the social, cultural, or political role of a person), 8.Administrative Hierarchy (defined in political terms as administrative units), 9.Physical Places (fixed locations in space required for historical comparisons), 10.Texts (including primary texts, secondary texts, and paleographic data)); * Current Projects (incl. he Ming Qing Women Writers Project directed by Prof. Grace Fong of McGill University); * Future Development; * Download CBDB Data (20070831CBDBh, About the Downloads, CBDWin, GUESS); * Conferences and Papers; * Discussion Forum; * FAQ; * First International Workshop on Biographical Databases for China's History.

URL http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16229&pageid=icb.page76535

Internet Archive (web.archive.org)
[Not archived. Access to http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16229&pageid=icb.page76535 has been blocked by the site owner via robots.txt]

Link reported by: Peter Bol (pkbol--at--fas.harvard.edu)

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* External links to the resource [over 3,000 - under 3,000 - under 1,000
- under 300 - under 100 - under 30]: under 30

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