University of Pittsburgh


Conceived in August 2018, the Contemporary Chinese Village Gazetteer Data (CCVGD 数字村庄) project was initiated by the East Asian Library (EAL) within the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS). The project aims to promote the unique and sizeable collection of Chinese village gazetteers held by the library, to offer researchers and scholars access to a unique set of data extracted from selected gazetteers, and to support teaching, research, and reference services around it. This project received initial funding from the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Office as well as support from the Asian Studies Center (ASC) and the University Center for International Studies (UCIS).

The project reached its initial goal of extracting data from 500 different gazetteers in August 2019. Data from an additional 500 gazetteers was added in June 2020. This data can be viewed and/or downloaded in 18 different data sets varying by topic. A data dictionary is also available that documents the process of capturing and recording the data by the EAL team. The project will continue extracting data from more gazetteers as time and resources allow with the goal of eventually reaching 2,500-3,000 village gazetteers


University Library System (ULS) Departments

  • Acquisitions Management Unit
  • Catalog Management Unit
  • Digital Scholarship Services
  • Hillman Library Stacks Maintenance
  • Information Technology
  • Library Collections Storage Unit
  • Library Management Team
  • Media Services
  • Metadata and Discovery Unit
  • Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
  • Technical Services
  • Web Services and Communications

Contemporary Chinese Village Gazetteer Data (CCVGD) Advisory Board

  • Dr. Peter Bol, Harvard University
  • Dr. Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Tina Johnson, St. Vincent College
  • Dr. Pierre Landry, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Thomas Rawski, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Wenfang Tang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Yunxiang Yan, University of California, Los Angeles

Special Thanks

  • Office of the Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
  • School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Evelyn Chan
  • Yan Li
  • Yiqun Li
  • Sisi Liang
  • Rongqian Ma
  • David Rowan
  • Xiaoyu Shi
  • Yi Shi
  • Cai-Cian Song
  • Tianni Wang
  • Tianyi Wang
  • Dr. Xincai Wang, Wuhan University Library
  • Sandi Ward
  • Fanghui Xiao
  • Yu Xiao
  • Qi Xin
  • Yi Xu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Xueyan Yang
  • Yuanziyi Zhang
  • Nuoqi Zeng
  • Nianyun Qi

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