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Harvard's At-Risk Digital Collections

There are many valuable digital collections created by Harvard students, faculty and researchers, including these shown here, that aren't yet receiving the digital preservation that they need to remain usable long-term. To be eligible for deposit into Harvard's preservation repository, the DRS, a Harvard unit needs to take curatorial responsibility for the collection. 

  • If you are representing a Harvard unit that would like to take curatorial responsiblity for one of these collections, please contact Andrea Goethals or the collection's primary contact
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China Biographical Database Project

  • Primary contact: Peter Bol
  • Collection description: The China Biographical Database is an online relational database with biographical information about approximately 128,923 individuals as of July 8th, 2013, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries. The data is meant to be useful for statistical, social network, and spatial analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference. The data is regularly enriched and new biographical entries are being created for Tang, Five Dynasties, Liao, Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing figures.
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    China Local History Archive

    • Primary contact: Peter Bol
    • Collection description: An online digital collection of China's local history
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      Chronology of the rural fortification of 3 counties in China's Hebei province

      • Primary contact: Hannibal Taubes
      • Collection description: The goal of my research was to establish a chronology of the rural fortification of three counties in China’s Hebei province. With a set of dates in hand, I could attempt to tie that in a meaningful way to political events of the period and changes in fortress typology. I was able to do this first by mapping out the existing fortresses of these three counties (Yu Xian, Guangling Xian, and Yangyuan Xian) using GIS software, then by pursuing primary and secondary sources which dealt with the fortification of this area, and finally by travelling there over spring break to collect inscriptions from the forts themselves. By the time I’d returned from China, I had dates of founding for fifty-four village forts, along with a good record of photographs from the nearly thirty fortresses that I was able to visit during my time there. Since then, I have been in the gradual process of organizing and putting this information online in various ways including an illustrated timeline, fortress photgraphs and maps.
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