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Deep Dive into Digital and Data Methods for Chinese Studies

Workshop on Data Mining the Daoist and Buddhist Canons with DocuSky

Dr. Chijui Hu Dr. Chijui Hu
Dr. Chijui Hu
Speakers: Dr. Michael Stanley-Baker 徐源, Nanyang Technological University and Dr. Hu Chijui 胡其瑞, National Taiwan University

Light refreshments will be provided. The room is equipped with laptops, but please feel free to bring your own.

Designed by the Research Center for Digital Humanities and CSIE Digital Humanities Lab of NTU in Taiwan, DocuSky is a digital humanities research platform created specifically for researchers of texts, to suit various needs and different stages of research. It provides tools to build up their own personal database of texts for text processing, tagging, text reorganizing and contextualizing, text-mining, GIS and visualization.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to use Docusky and Palladio for large scale analysis of the full-text Buddhist and Daoist canons. You will learn how to search for large term sets, determine their statistical distribution by chapter, and then sort these chapters according to time period, intellectual genre, sectarian attribution and place of origin. You will then learn how to produce simple but powerful visualizations to show the similarities or differences between term clusters in different scriptural groups. This toolset is open access, and the Daoist and Buddhist canons data file will be made available as an open-source, citable document.

This workshop requires that you first register here: It is open to faculty, students, postdocs and visiting scholars at the University of Michigan. We regret that it is not open to the general public.

Dr. Michael Stanley-Baker 徐源 is assistant professor in History and at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He researches medicine and religion in early medieval and contemporary China. He developed tools for the study of religion and medicine in China with National Taiwan University and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, and is now developing them for the study of multi-lingual primary sources for medical history across the classical world. He also serves as Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM). More information is available at

Dr. Chijui Hu 胡其瑞 is a postdoctoral researcher at the Research Center for Digital Humanities at the National Taiwan University. Dr. Hu received his PhD degree from the Graduated Institute of Religious Studies from National Chengchi University, Taiwan. His research focused on the cultural and history of the minority groups in Southwest China, and now, he wants to put this research into the digital humanities tools to see what may happen.

The “Deep Dive” series is co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) and the Asia Library, and is co-directed by Mary Gallagher (Professor of Political Science and Director of LRCCS) and Liangyu Fu (Chinese Studies Librarian, Asia Library). Question about the series? Please email Liangyu Fu at

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