Launched in 2019, the Ningbo History Digital Humanities project is a large-scale cross-faculty/department project which delivers themed research around Ningbo history. The research topics cover local history and culture, climate, literature, religion, historical maps, historical photos, city morphology, water management, urban landscape, and may be further expanded.
The library has taken a lead on project planning, Geographic Information System-based database development, and IT maintenance. Meanwhile, academics with cross-disciplinary expertise (archaeology, architecture, environmental sciences and historical research) have provided consultancy from their specific research areas relating to Ningbo research. Their inputs have assured academic value of this project. The significance of this project has become evident at the initial stage, attracting numerous interests and supports from individuals and organizations locally and internationally. The project will continue to extend and cultivate the academic and professional network in the field of digital humanities and thus contribute to the outreach activities of the university and the city.
Aiming to reconstruct historical Ningbo in a digital manner, the project serves as a resourceful, authoritative and comprehensive platform that can be accessed by users with at a variety backgrounds and purposes from different corners of the globe.
The research data, activities and outcomes will be publicised through the project website: https://dhlab.nottingham.edu.cn/.