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East Asian Digital Scholarship Lab

At the Harvard-Yenching Library


"Libraries have always been in the business of knowledge creation and transfer, and the digital scholarship incubator within the library can serve as a natural extension of this essential function" -The University Library as Incubator for Digital Scholarship

The East Asian Digital Scholarship Lab aims to serve as a starting point for scholars and students interested in digital scholarship in East Asian studies. It exhibits ongoing or completed projects that can be used as model and provides information about databases, tools and methods that are used in creating these projects. The rest of the site is arranged according to the usual workflow of digital scholars, starting from finding and managing data and moving subsequently to analysis and presentation.

News and Highlights

  • Doing Digital Scholarship at SSRC

Doing Digital Scholarship offers a self-guided introduction to digital scholarship, designed for digital novices. It allows you to dip a toe into a very large field of practice. It starts with the basics, such as securing web server space, preserving data, and improving your search techniques. It then moves forward to explore different methods used for analyzing data, designing digitally inflected teaching assignments, and creating the building blocks required for publishing digital work.

  • Digital Humanities Literacy Guidebook

The DHLG is your slim guidebook into this world, like the tourist map they give you when you check in at a hotel. Use it to get your bearings, plot your course, and find the resources that will help you explore further

  • The World’s Largest Collection of Buddhist Texts Is Now Available Online

"Thanks to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and the Internet Archive, the world’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature is now available online. Dedicated to preserving and sharing Buddhist scholarship, the BDRC has archived over 15 million pages of Buddhist works since it was founded in 1999. Now, thanks to its collaboration with the Internet Archive, these texts will be available—free of charge—to an even wider audience."

  • Center for Open Data in the Humanities

Center for Open Data in the Humanities (CODH) is working on research and development for enhancing access to humanities data using the state-of-the-art technology in informatics and statistics, and at the same time constructing data platforms based on the idea of open science to promote trans-disciplinary participation of people with diverse backgrounds, thereby opening up new possibilities of research framework in digital humanities from data-driven perspectives


Harvard-Yenching Library Forum

East Asian Digital Scholarship Series


Note: Since Oct, 2019, we have changed the series title from Digital Humanities to Digital Scholarship, in order to reflect the wide range of topics covered in this series.