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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. The number reached 2,701 (To ensure the consistence of administrative village and document type, the effective number after removing 100 natural villages is 2,601) by November 2022. 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.


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

Chinese Studies Specialists

  • Dr. Peter Bol, Harvard University
  • 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
  • Dr. Kaoru (Kay) Shimizu, Research Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Digital Humanities Specialists

  • Dr. Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Shih-Pei Chen, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Dr. Song Shi, University of Pittsburgh
  • Zhendong Wang, PhD student in Information Science, University of Pittsburgh

Project Coordinator of the Student Team

  • Tianni Wang (2018–2019)
  • Yi Shi (2019)
  • Yuanziyi Zhang (2020–2021)
  • Ruoyun Zheng (2021–2022)

Special Thanks

Schools and Departments 

  • 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


User Experience Researcher
(alphabetically by last name)
  • Rongqian Ma
  • Fanghui Xiao
Data Entry Platform and User Interface Designers
(alphabetically by last name)
  • Peilin He
  • Xiaoxin He
  • Yuelü Ji
  • Nianyun Qi
  • Cai-Cian Song
  • Yifei Tai
  • Qi Xin
  • Nuoqi Zeng
CCVG Data Input, Review and Others
(alphabetically by last name)
  • Evelyn Chan
  • Siyan He
  • Yuqing Huang
  • Yan Li
  • Yiqun Li
  • Sisi Liang
  • Kaiyuan Luo
  • David Rowan
  • Xiaoyu Shi
  • Marc Smith
  • Tianyi Wang
  • Dr. Xincai Wang, Wuhan University Library
  • Juntong Wang
  • Fred (Zhizhen) Wang
  • Sandi Ward
  • Shan Wu
  • Yu Xiao
  • Yi Xu, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • Jiadong Xu
  • Jianxing Xu
  • Xueyan Yang
  • Yuanzhe Ye
  • Shuying Yin
  • Yile Zhang