August 20, 2014

Fast Facts: China Moves Ahead of U.S. As World’s Largest Smartphone Market

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New data from Flurry, a mobile data analytics company. From the Flurry Blog: Just days into the Chinese New Year (Year of the “Snake” for anyone keeping track), China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. This historic milestone takes place a year after […]

Access to Information: Carnegie Mellon Performs First Large-Scale Analysis of "Soft" Censorship of Social Media in China

From the CMU News Release: Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs, or “weibos,” to uncover a set of politically sensitive terms that draw the attention of Chinese censors. Individual messages containing the terms were often deleted at rates that could vary based on current events or geography. […]

OCLC Adds 500,000 Records to WorldCat From China Academic Library and Information System

From OCLC: OCLC has added 500,000 records to WorldCat from the China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS), a nationwide academic library consortium with a mission to promote, maintain and improve resource sharing among Chinese university libraries and other libraries and institutions. These records represent Chinese publications between 1987 and 2001. The records have been […]

Beijing's First "Human Library" Opens

From Xinhua: Beijing’s first human library opened Saturday night, with dozens of readers and six “living books” exchanging their life stories and ideas. In a human library, also called living library, readers borrow and return books as they do in a normal one. But books in a human library are real people who engage readers […]

Publishing Technology Announces Deal To Build 1st Ever Digital Content Delivery Platform for Chinese Library Market

From the Announcement (PDF): Following the launch of Publishing Technology plc in China last August, [the company] is partnering with the China National Publications Import and Export Corporation (CNPIEC) to deliver the first ever digital publishing platform to supply content to Chinese libraries. As the largest company fully licensed by the Chinese government to import […]

Rare Chinese Papercuts Found in U. of Michigan Storage Room, Hi-Res Scanned Versions Online

From the University of Michigan News Service: Scholarly gems are often found by sifting through dusty archives in foreign lands thousands of miles away. But sometimes they’re discovered just by doing some office cleaning on campus. That’s what happened recently at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Staffers who were tidying […]

Digitization Projects "China to Digitize Folk Literature"

From the People’s Daily: On July 13, 79-year-old Yang Liangcai and several colleagues carefully selected several yellowed books and documents from huge piles of cardboard boxes in a document room of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. “These paper originals will be sorted, scanned and then made available online,” Yang said. [Clip] The […]

New Working Paper from Hewlett-Packard Labs: "What Trends in Chinese Social Media"

Authors: Sitaram Asur, Louis Yu, Bernardo A. Huberman (Hewlett-Packard Labs, Palo Alto and Hewlett-Packard Labs) From the Abstract: There has been a tremendous rise in the growth of online social networks all over the world in recent times. While some networks like Twitter and Facebook have been well documented, the popular Chinese microblogging social network Sina […]

"Visualising China" Launches; Access More Than 8,000 Digitised Historical Photos of China (1850-1950)

New from Bristol University (Funded by JISC) From the Visualising China Blog The site now allows users to explore more than 8000 digitised images of historical photographs of China taken between 1850 and 1950. It cross-searches metadata from Historical Photographs of China, the Sir Robert Hart Collection and Joseph Needham’s Photographs of Wartime China. [Our […]

"China to Promote Building of National Digital Library Network"

From Xinhua (State Run News Agency) China will launch a national project to promote the building of a digital library network in the next five years. The project aims to build a nationwide digital library network with the National Digital Library of China at the center, integrating local libraries, said a statement jointly issued by […]