Virtual Shanghai is a research and resource platform on the history of Shanghai from the mid-nineteenth century to nowadays. It incorporates various sets of documents: essays, original documents, photographs, maps, quantitative data, etc. The objective of the project is to write a history of the city through the combined mobilization of these various types of documents. The implementation of this approach relies on the use of digital and GIS technologies. On the research side, the platform offers various ways to step into the history of the city and follow its course at different levels over time. On the resource side, apart from providing original textual and visual documents, it develops a powerful cartographic tool for spatial analysis and real-time mapping (to be upgraded soon). The authors of the present project suscribe to the idea of sharing scholarship and research tools for the benefit of scholars, students, and citizens at large.
Beijing has attracted the interest of historians of modern China only in the last decade. If we set aside the spate of books generated by the Olympic games, few studies have addressed the social history of Beijing and, among them, few have actually devoted much attention to the spatial dimension as part of the historical analysis. Through this digital platform, we plan to explore further the social history of Beijing and to address its historical trajectory through case studies based on textual, visual, and spatial data.
Virtual Wenzhou is a platform for research and resources on the history of Wenzhou from the late imperial period (circa 1300-1911) to the present. It collects and assemblies a wide array of sources, including photographs, old maps, archival documents, and analytical data. The aim of this project is to present a thorough collection of sources pertaining to the history and culture of Wenzhou, and port city in Southeast China that had developed distinct cultures and languages. Aiming to enhance the understanding of Wenzhou,
Numerica Sinica is a CNRS initiative initially supported by INSHS and operated by TGER Huma-Num in order to create a mutualized instrument of access to digital resources on Chinese worlds for the benefit of CNRS affiliated units. The platform now includes a broad range of resources, including those purchased specifically for ANR projects and the ENP-China project.