Digitization of the Historical and Cultural Materials in the Institute of History and Philology
V Rare Books in the Fu Ssu-Nien Library

Contact: Chih-feng Wang

The rare books collections in the Fu Ssu-Nien Library with great values and interests to sinologists over the world include:
1. Over 44,765 volumes of rare books;
2. Over 40,000 pieces of inscriptions from metal and stone-ware collected by famous experts;
3. About 10,579 volumes of vernacular literature that are essential to the study of popular culture and low society of 18 thV20th century China;
4. About 800 documents of the border minorities in early 20th century China;
5. About 4,273 volumes of quasi rare books, and 144,712 volumes of string-bound books that are mostly historical or collected works produced in late Ch'ing and early Republic China.

The goal of this project is to provide the best conservation and the easiest accessibility to the rare books. The Fu Ssu-Nien Library (FSNL) has been working on two topics common to all project participants: The Ming-edition works of Ming literati and the illustrations in antique books. Also, in relation to its particular collections and with an eye to integration with the common topics, the FSNL has selected its own digitization targets, including materials on medical sciences, archaeology, and inscriptions from metal and stone wares. The goal is to gather most of the related sources of certain significant research topics in one search. In addition to digitizing the materials, this project also attempts to establish an integrated automatic system that includes Scanning and Proofreading Procedure of the Image Quality Control, Image and Metadata Databases, and Circulation and Security Control Procedure.

<source: National Digital Archives Program web site>

Applied Metadata Standard: MARC (Machine Readable Cataloguing)

Metadata Elements List

Progress and Result


Working documents contain the records when MAAT works on analyzing metadata with the staffs of the thematic group. They include worksheets, controlled vocabulary lists, analysis reports, system requirement specifications, guidelines, meeting reports, and misc