D-Lib Magazine
The Magazine of Digital Library Research

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Volume 16, Number 5/6

ISSN: 1082-9873


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Special Issue on Digital Libraries in China
by Laurence Lannom, Corporation for National Research Initiatives



Overview of Digital Library Developments in China
Article by Xihui Zhen, Content Digital Innovations

Abstract: China began its digital library development in the mid-1990s with a series of studies and pilot projects. Beginning in 2000, a number of national-level digital library projects, proposed separately by the National Library of China, National Technology and Science Library, China Academic Library and Information System, and the National Science Library were approved, moving the China Digital Library effort into the implementation phase. These national projects are currently building, and the greatest challenges for these project today are in areas of application: digital resources construction, design of services provision, etc. Some universities, colleges and industries have begun implementing their digital libraries. Their shorter development time and smaller scale have produced substantive results which will prove to be beneficial across the China Digital Library effort.

Building the New-generation China Academic Digital Library Information System (CADLIS): A Review and Prospectus
Article by Wang Wenqing and Chen Ling, The National Administrative Center for CALIS, Peking University

Abstract: China Academic Digital Library Information System (CADLIS) is a national project funded by the Chinese government and steered by the National Administrative Center for China Academic Library Information System (CALIS) which is a nation-wide academic library cooperative with over one thousand member libraries in China. By leveraging cloud computing technology, the new-generation CADLIS is an open framework and infrastructure, designed to help academic libraries to build and support large-scale federated academic digital libraries of high-quality scholarly information resources which are constructed and shared by CALIS members. This paper gives an overview of CALIS and CADLIS, and then describes two kinds of services, the overall architecture and interoperability of new-gen CADLIS, the related standards and specifications, newly-built and imported digital resources, etc. It concludes by discussing the current status and future development of CADLIS.

China National Science and Technology Digital Library (NSTL)
Article by Qiao Xiaodong, Liang Bing and Yao Changqing, Institute of Science and Technology Information of China (ISTIC)

Abstract: In order to acquire and share high quality foreign science and technology documents (and other resources) among research personnel in educational and scientific organizations in China, the Ministry of Science and Technology (among others) established the Centre for Documentation and Information in 2000. The Centre employs an integrated purchasing system that ensures the processing of documents according to regulations, and may provide document retrieval and original transmission services via the Internet. The National Science-Technology Digital Library was founded in 2008. This article describes the ongoing development and service strategy of the Centre, and focuses on the expansion of various service modes of the Library in its new service network.

The National Digital LIbrary Project
Article by Wei Dawei and Sun Yigang, National Library of China

Abstract: The National Digital Library Project (NDLP), which was launched in 2005, has attracted wide attention across Chinese society. This paper introduces the project, and covers its basic characteristics, objectives, and content. It also explains the basic concepts and the overall structure of the project and gives an introduction to the design of its basic platform, application platform, business management system and its standardization control system. As of the end of 2009, the National Library of China maintained over 320 TB of digital resource. Finally, the article also presents the digital resources involved, including collection policies, such as the collection of web information and new media.


N E W S   &   E V E N T S


In Brief: Short Items of Current Awareness

In the News: Recent Press Releases and Announcements

Clips & Pointers: Documents, Deadlines, Calls for Participation

Meetings, Conferences, Workshops: Calendar of activities associated with digital libraries research and technologies

F E A T U R E D   D I G I T A L

Photo of Image Elder Taken by Hedda Morrison
[Photograph by Hedda Morrison. Title: Village elder standing next to a junk on the Shandong coast. Copyright Harvard-Yenching Library. Used with Permission.]


The Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946

The Harvard-Yenching Library holds some 5,000 photographs and 10,000 negatives taken by Hedda Hammer Morrison (1908–1991) while resident in Beijing from 1933 to 1946.

The photographs contained in the 28 albums assembled by Hedda Morrison have been cataloged and digitized and can be viewed in VIA (Visual Information Access), the union catalog of visual resources at Harvard. This site provides information about the collection and strategies for effectively searching for Hedda Morrison photographs in VIA.

From 1938 until she and her husband left China in 1946, Morrison worked as a freelance photographer, selling individual prints or thematic albums of her work and creating photographs for other people's books on China. Her photographs document lifestyles, trades, handicrafts, landscapes, religious practices, and architectural structures that in many cases have changed or have been destroyed.

Funding for the Hedda Morrison Photographs of China project was provided by Harvard University's Library Digital Initiative (LDI).

(The site description above is an excerpt from the Introduction to the Hedda Morrison Photographs of China web site.)


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Laurence Lannom, Editor-in-Chief
Catherine Rey, Managing Editor
Bonita Wilson, Contributing Editor


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