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China Historical GIS datasets [Version 4]
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 12:31:37 -0700
Sender: H-Net list for Asian History and Culture
Subject: H-ASIA: China Historical GIS Datasets available, Harvard Univ.

April 13, 2007

China Historical GIS Data sets project available, Harvard University
From: H-Net Announcements :

CHGIS China Historical Geographic Information System [Version 4]
We are pleased to announce the release of the China Historical GIS -
Version 4, providing a fully documented database of historical
administrative units in China. The new datasets may be downloaded
free of charge for academic use.

Contents of the new release include:

Updated! Time Series datasets (from 222 BCE to 1911 CE) for the
region covered by modern Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi,
Guangdong, and Hunan and partial coverage for Guangxi, Shandong,
Sichuan, Yunnan & Zhili

Qing Dynasty Datasets circa 1820.

Updated! Late Qing Datasets circa 1911 for the region covered by
Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan,
Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shandong, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Yunnan,
Zhejiang, Zhili (Including more than 35,000 town and village points)

New! ChinaW Dataset (with more than 150 variables related to Cities,
County Seats, and Yamen) circa 1820-1893, produced by Regional
Systems Analysis Project (G. W. Skinner, Zumou Yue, Mark Henderson at
UC Davis)

New! Physiographic Macroregions of China produced by Regional Systems
Analysis Project (G. W. Skinner, Zumou Yue, Mark Henderson at UC

Updated! CITAS 1990 data (Provinces, Prefectures, and Counties)
joined with basic census statistics.

New! USGS Geographic Names Data circa 1990 for all Provices (over
140,000 named features)

New! Digital Elevation Model plus Topographic Background Image
(derived from GTOPO-30).

Frontier Regions datasets (circa 1875 - 1900) covering areas in
Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang, and Mongolia, as digitized from Russian
historical maps.

Digital Scans of Southwest China Maps by Joseph Rock

The complete contents of the datasets listed above are available for
free download by registering your name, institution and email address

CD-ROM is available ..... For price and postage information please
contact CHGIS...

Editors:: Peter K. Bol [] and Jianxiong Ge
Executive Editors: Merrick Lex Berman [] and Zhimin Man

Chair, China Historical Geographic Information System Project
Center For Geographic Analysis
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Harvard University
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