The China Historical Geographic Information System (CHGIS) project has established a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 222 BCE and 1911 CE. The objective of the project is to create an open-ended platform, which can be used as the basis for exploring the successive political systems through more than 2,000 years of Chinese History, and also to provide a means for the digital representation of their locations in the contexts of space and time. All layers have been reprojected according to the PRC China Standard [Gauss Kruger, Xian 1980, Zone 19].
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 at www.fas.harvard.edu/~chgis.
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 Davis)
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 at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~chgis
CD-ROM is available for $10.00 (including shipping to USA, Canada, Mexico) or $15.00 (including shipping to Europe). For other areas please contact CHGIS for price including shipping.
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