A paper prepared for the biennial conference of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, 7-10 July, 1999
Internet development in China
Coding Systems for Chinese documents
Internet and Chinese Studies Resources
* Chinese characters = Big5 code
Among the services provided by Internet, the World Wide Web (WWW or "the Web") is the largest, fastest growing activity. Through the WWW, internet users can view images, look at film clips, hear sound recordings, and find information on many interests. The Web's hypertext documents allow users to move from one document to another by selecting highlighted links to access related Internet sources. Netscape and Internet Explorer are two of the popular WWW graphic browsers that allow users to images, films and sound via the Internet.
This paper attempts using Internet as a means to access and explore information and resources all around the world for Chinese Studies Research. Topics discussed cover the Internet development in China, Chinese character coding system, Chinese softwares, search engines and some useful Chinese Studies WWW sites for research purposes. It is intended for people who use the Internet for research, and would like to gain more knowledge on the Chinese Studies resources provided by the Internet. The information included in this paper is based on the author's experience in providing Information Literacy Program for Chinese Studies postgraduates and faculty members in the University of Melbourne Library and using Internet resources as part of the author's everyday routine.
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The first direct link from Mainland China to the Internet was established in 1993 at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and was formally connected to the internet via IHEP in March 1994. Along the growth of economy in China and it's government new policy to open to the outside world, there are tremendous growth of telecommunications in recent years which provides a matrix for the development of the Internet in China. China Internet Network Information Center reported that there were a total of 2.1 million Internet users and 18396 Internet sites in China as of December 1998. Of which, 76% are commercial users and education users only has 3%. Distributions of the subject areas are as follows:
The above graph is taken from "Development and statistical Report of China Internet (1/1999) " (http://www.cnnic.net.cn/99'cnnic/p1_1.htm)
In Taiwan, the number of Internet users reached 2.27 million in August 1998. Of these, 0.77 million are academic subscribers, the rest are commercial users. Both Internet development in China and Taiwan are expanding rapidly.
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|Big5 ¤j¤½X||EACC ¤¤¤éÁú½X||GB °ê¼Ð½X||HZ º~¦r½X||
|-2-byte encoding .
-Standard Traditional Chinese characters.
-Widely used in HK, Taiwan & elsewhere.
|- 4 byte encoding .
- Chinese, Japanese & Korean characters.
-Widely used in Library systems, eg. INNOPAC.
|-2-byte encoding .
-PRC standard code
-Chinese simplified characters.
-Widely used in PRC, Singapore & elsewhere.
|-7-bit encoding .
-GB Code standard.
-Used in Chinese newsgroups on the internet.
- unifying identical characters from different variants of the same script.
-cover all the scripts in the world.
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To view Chinese character display on the computer, Internet users are
required to install Chinese softwares onto their computers. Nowadays, there
are many Chinese softwares available from the Internet for trialling and
ordering. Listed below are some popular Chinese softwares used in
the English Windows platform:
(http://www.njstar.com.au/) «n·¥ ¬P
Download of software (http://www.njstar.com/support/regiuser.htm)
|Star + Globe (http://www.starglobe.com.sg/)
|For more information on CJK softwares, please refer to:
How to read Chinese in non-Chinese MS-Windows (http://www.twnic.net/big5/).
The Internet has become a vast, global storehouse of information. The only problem is: how do you find what you're looking for? Search engines index each word within internet documents. When internet users pose a query to a search engine, it matches the query words versus the records it has in its databases. The search service responds by giving a list of all the Web pages in its index relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of the results. Below are some useful and popular search engines for searching Chinese web sites.
Nihao Directory §A¦n(http://www.nihao.net.cn/)
- Provides English and Chinese version
- A Yahoo style subject directory in GB code
- Supports Chinese simplified character search
- Links to English search engines: Yahoo, AltaVista, Excite, etc.
- Useful for searching information on China
-A search engine for Chinese web sites
- Supports Big5, GB codes and English
- Supports traditional and simplified character search
- Provides several levels of searches, standard search, free text search, near search and Boolean search.
- Useful for searching information on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
Yahoo Chinese (http://chinese.yahoo.com/)
- Provides Chinese Big5 and GB version.
- Supports Chinese character search
- Provides links to Yahoo Taiwan, Yahoo Hong Kong and Yahoo Singapore and linking sites in Chinese all over the world
- Provides searchable subject directory, particularly useful for looking up regional information
- A useful search directory for Chinese studies
§ä¨ì°Õ ( http://www.zhaodaole.com.cn/gb_chinese/index.html)
-Provides Chinese and English version
-Provides searchable subject directory in GB code
-Supports Chinese simplified character search
-Provides links to download Chinese software from the internet
-Useful for searching information on China
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Internet Guides for Chinese/China Studies
Internet Guides for China Studies (http://sun.sino.uni-heidelberg.de/igcs/): the China WWW Virtual Library.
This page is maintained by Hanno Lecher, University of Heidelberg, Germany. The page is part of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library which provides comprehensive links to China Studies mainly in the areas of arts and humanities, arranged in the order Library of Congress Classification Scheme. Highly recommended as a starting point of research.
on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~felsing/ceal/welcome.html)
This page is maintained by CEAL. It provides information guides to China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Asia in general. It also provides links to other US East Asian library collections. Highly recommended.
Studies WWW Virtual Library (http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections//asian/chihp.html)
This page is maintained by Bick-har Yeung, University of Melbourne Library. This page is specially tailored for the research and teaching needs at the University of Melbourne and is divided into 28 subjects in the areas of arts and humanities. Highly recommended to the students of the University of Melbourne. It is also a good starting point for Chinese Studies research.
Bibliography of Asian Studies
The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is an online bibliographic database for western language periodical articles and books on Asia, especially in arts and humanities, containing more than 410,000 records. It is available online via library subscription. There are quite a few libraries in Australia subscribing to the BAS, namely Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian National University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and University of Sydney. It is an important online bibliographic tool for compiling bibliography in western language materials on Chinese Studies..
Kinetica CJK Catalogue (http://www.nla.gov.au/kinetica/cjk/connect/connect.html)
Kinetica CJK Catalogue is a national bibliographic database for Chinese, Japanese and Korean materials. It is available to users via library subscription. It helps library users to search for CJK material held in their library as well as other libraries in Australia, using CJK characters, romanisation in Pinyin in their search terms and seeing CJK characters in their search results. The database contains 1 million bibliographic records and 312,000 items of library holding data. It is an important online bibliographic tool for compiling bibliography in CJK languages and for obtaining holding information for interlibrary loans.
Uncover is a bibliographic database providing access to tables of contents to over 18,000 multidisciplinary journals, containing brief descriptive information of over 8,800,000 articles which have appeared since Fall 1988. Chinese articles are indexed in English translated titles. Free search is available to users and users can order fax copies of the articles from this database. It is a useful tool for bibliography compilation.
( http://online.anu.edu.au/Asia/Chi/ChiLib.html )
This page is maintained by Darrell Dorrington, Australian National University. It provides links to library online catalogues in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and other significant international Chinese collections. Internet connections to mainland and Taiwan sometimes is very slow. It is very useful for searching for Chinese materials for interlibrary loan purposes. The Fung Ping Shan Collection of the University of Hong Kong Libraries under HK, Hytelnet HK list is a good collection to start with when looking for Chinese resources outside Australia.
Asian Collection and Libraries - CEAL (http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~felsing/ceal/eastcoll.html)
This page is maintained by CEAL. It provides links to major American East Asian library collections, among which the Harvard Yenching Library Collection is one of the best Chinese research collections in the US.
This page is maintained by Matthias Kaun and is a sub-page of the European Association of Sinological Librarians. It provides links to major European Sinological libraries, including Great Britain.
Library of Congress (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/catalog/)
The Chinese Collection of the Library of Congress is the largest Chinese collection outside China. It is a web-based online catalogue. Chinese character display is not supported. Wade-Giles romanisation is adopted in the database.
Document Delivery and Research Assistance Services
Remote Electronic Access / Delivery
of the National Central Library , Taiwan, Republic of China. (http://www.read.net.tw/)
Membership is required to access the full databases and the annual subscription fee is NT$400. Internet users can access to the trial databases before joining. It contains periodical articles index, periodical contents, contemporary literature database, government document database and government gazetteers database for document delivery service. A good source to look up information on Taiwan in all subjects.
Universities Service Centre (USC)
USC provides access to the world's largest collection of printed research materials for PR China, to the data archive of computerized social science data for contemporary China and a professional service of research assistance to help scholars searching for documentary materials.
Full text databases
Han ji dian
zi wen xian º~ Äy ¹q ¤l ¤å Äm(ÂÂºÙº~Äy¥þ
¤å¸ê®Æ®w) , (http://www.sinica.edu.tw/ftms-bin/ftmsw3)
This includes 17 full text databases developed by Academia Sinica, Taiwan. It contains Twenty-five Dynastic Histories (Erh shi wu shi), Da zang jing, Taiwan fang zhi, Taiwan dang an, etc. in the areas of arts and humanities, in particular Chinese history, Chinese language and literature, and Taiwan regional resources. It is designed for the Taiwan people and institutions through membership subscription. Overseas scholars can access the databases for limited searches.
People's daily Online ¤H¥Á¤é³ø(http://www.peopledaily.com.cn/)
It contains 16 full text current daily newspapers and popular journals published in China. The system supports Big 5 and GB codes. Archives files are dated back to 1997. Searches are available using Chinese, English and Japanese JIS. However searches in English and Japanese provide the news headlines in the searched language.
Fo jiao jing dian
xi lie ¦ò±Ð¸g¨å¨t ¦C
This is a full text database of Buddhist scriptures. The system supports searching of Sutra, Vinaya, Abhidharma document in Big 5 code. It provides links to ftp sites of Buddhist scriptures. It is a very useful site for Buddhism.
Gu dian wen xian quan
wen jian so zi liao ku ¥j ¨å¤åÄm¥þ¤å¸ê®Æ®w(http://184.108.40.206/s25/index.htm)
This is a searchable full text database containing 12 major works of Chinese classics: Twenty-five Dynastic Histories (Erh shih wu shi), Shi san jing, Zi zhi tong jian, Xu Tong jian, Xian qin zhu zi......Quan Tang shi, Si ku zong mu. It is a very useful database for Chinese history, philosophy and literature. The system supports Big 5 code and Boolean keyword searches.
Guo jia fa lu fa
gui ku °ê®aªk«ßªk³W®w(http://www.qis.net/chinalaw/lawchin1.htm)
This is a searchable full text database of PRC law published since 1949. The system supports GB code. This page is a sub-page of Chinalaw Web (http://www.qis.net/chinalaw/index.html) which provides information about Chinese law and the legal system in the People's Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC), Hong Kong and Macau.
: Periodical ¼Æ¦r ¤Æ´Á¥Z
This is a searchable full text database of PRC journals in the areas of science and technology. It is a good source to obtain Chinese journal articles in the areas of science and technology. However, there are many broken links to the full text articles. Obtaining full text articles can be done via China Info's documentary services.
Internet Monthly Newsletter
of Chinese Publications ¤¤°ê·s ®Ñ¤ë°T
This is a database of Chinese Publications which was jointly developed by the Peking University Library, the China Educational Publications Import & Export Corporation and the Hongxuetang Bookseller Company Limited of Hong
Kong. It provides up-to-date and comprehensive news on Chinese publications from mainland China. This system is available to registered subscribers only.
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Chinese Internet resources developed in Mainland China and Taiwan was
slower in developing Internet communications. The existing barriers affecting
Internet users daily are described as follows:
(1) Slow response time : Accessing Taiwan and Mainland web pages from Australia is very slow . Both China and Taiwan should improve their Internet communications to meet the Internet demands.
(2) Changes of URLs: China web pages tend to change URLs frequently and new URLs are not indexed. It has been a problem for web page maintainers and Internet users to access the new URLs.
(3) Search functions : A lot of searchable databases and search engines only provide a simple search function , some full text databases have no search function at all. This makes it very difficult for Internet users to search for relevant information for their research topics.
Accessing the Internet is quick and and handy. In recent years there have been more global projects on web-based Chinese language databases, and more Chinese electronic journals and online books published. The Internet is a breakthrough in the dissemination of information. Keyword and Boolean searching provides timely and accurate matching. Internet documents can be downloaded or printed in the office without visiting the library. However, through the author's observation during the past five years, most Chinese scholars prefer the traditional way of researching due to their reading habits and the complicated environment of Chinese computers. It is very exciting to see the growth of Chinese resources on the Internet. However, Chinese librarians need to work harder to provide Internet skills to Chinese scholars.
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system, James Seng. (http://biomed.nus.edu.sg/CM/cweb/coding.html)
Browsing and searching Internet Resources (http://www.ub2.lu.se/nav_menu.html)
Development and statistical Report of China Internet (1/1999) " (http://www.cnnic.net.cn/99'cnnic/p1_1.htm)
Highlights of Internet Development in R.O.C. , Fall 1998( http://www.nii.gov.tw/niieng/y1998/howmany.htm)
Notes on CJK Character Codes and Encodings, Ross Paterson , 1995
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