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China Historical GIS

Investigator  Peter Bol

The CHGIS project has produced a comprehensive series of datasets related to the administrative geography of Chinese History. The data layers include nationwide coverages (for the years 1820 and 1911), and time series (for the Dynastic period from 221 BCE to 1911 CE). The administrative features include Provinces, Circuits, Prefectures, and Counties as they changed over time. Supplemental datasets include G.W. Skinner regional systems, Buddhist sites, features from historic Russian maps of China, Tibetan townships, modern gazetteer layers for each province, and many others. All CHGIS data is published for free academic use, and the contents are made available for online searching and access via XML webservice.

Grant Funding  CHGIS received major funding from the Henry Luce Foundation (2001 - 2004), and from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2005 - 2010).