On the morning of April 20, an expert appraisal meeting was held at the International Academic Conference Center upon the completion of “Chronological Information Platform for Literature of Tang and Song Dynasties”, a major project of National Social Science Fund led by Professor Wang Zhaopeng from the School of Literature, Journalism & Communication of SCUN. The meeting was attended by the expert panel composed of Professor Zhao Minli from Capital Normal University, Professor Wang Changhua from Hebei Normal University, Editor Zhang Guoxing of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Research Fellow Zheng Yongxiao of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Shang Yongliang from Wuhan University, Professor Liu Shi from Tsinghua University, Professor Liu Yiqing from Shanxi University, Professor Ding Fang from Anhui University, and Professor Wang Qizhou from Central China Normal University, Li Jinlin, president of SCUN, the heads of related departments and schools, engineers of the project’s platform, members of the project, and teacher representatives. The meeting was presided over by Chen Qiangsheng, the director of the Institute of Scientific Research and Development.
Li Jinlin made a speech on behalf of SCUN, expressed his heart-felt gratitude for the support from the expert panel and spoke highly of the striving spirit and work achievements of Professor Wang Zhaopeng and his team.
The chief expert Professor Wang Zhaopeng introduced in detail the completion status and three achievements of the project, namely a chronological information database of literature of Tang and Song dynasties with more than 10 million characters, a web edition of “chronological map of literature of Tang and Song dynasties” and Research Series on Chronological Information of Literature of Tang and Song Dynasties with more than 6 million characters. The platform’s engineer Chen Yiyun demonstrated each function of the “chronological map of literature of Tang and Song dynasties” on the spot, showed the life tracks and creations of authors of Tang and Song dynasties from three perspectives, namely, author, time and location, and introduced various cross retrieval functions.
The experts attending the meeting spoke highly of the concept of “xi di” which was raised for the first time, the outlook on literature history based on time and space, the innovation and demonstration of the combination of academic research and information technology and the openness and sustainability of the platform. They agreed that the fruit realized a unification of time and space in traditional academic researches and achieved a perfect combination of traditional academic research and technology, which provided a large tool platform with a high technology content for the development of humanities and particularly the researches of the traditional disciplines of literature, history and philosophy. It is sufficient to lead the academic trend and is an outstanding achievement of characteristics among the major national projects of philosophy and social sciences in recent years. The experts suggested that in the future the project can extend before Tang Dynasty and after Song Dynasty and include the literature of minorities and grow into a special symbol of institutes of nationalities and a major project entrusted by the state. Relying on the project, SCUN continued to invest in research and development, strengthen the discipline construction and turn it into a special discipline of SCUN.
After a careful appraisal, the experts agreed that the aforesaid achievement led by Professor Wang Zhaopeng is one of the “best achievements in recent years”, so they suggested that the project should be rated as excellent in its conclusion comment.
Engineer Chen Yiyun demonstrated the newly developed function of “knowledge card” at the site.
He said, the research and development of the “literature map” will not stop after the conclusion of the project. In the future, the literature map will continue to expand the size of data, and improve its functions based on the issues of humanities. The map platform will ultimately become a useful tool for scholars to deepen their academic research and a special window for exhibiting the traditional culture.
(Edited by Chen Pengbing,source: The School of Literature, Journalism & Communication)