2013 Tang Workshop


Information about the 2013 Tang workshop

Harvard Workshop on the Use of the
China Biographical Database (CBDB)
in the Study of Tang China

Harvard University

August 22–23, 2013

The T’ang Studies Society is conducting a workshop in the use of the China Biographical Database to take place at Harvard on August 22-23, 2013..

Workshop Program:

A workshop on the CBDB for Tang scholars is being planned for Thursday and Friday, August 22-23, at Harvard University, free of charge, run by Michael Fuller with help from others working on the CBDB. The workshop is for scholars with any research topic in Tang political, intellectual, religious, literary, or social history that involve networks of people and can use the China Biographical Database (CBDB) dataset. The workshop will begin with the general principles of relational databases as a way of modeling biographical information and then explain the details of how the tables in CBDB represent kinship, social relations, office-holding, etc. for pre-modern China. After an introduction to the querying interface provided by MS Access, the rest of the workshop will focus on how to use CBDB to explore the specific projects of the workshop participants. The final portion will show how to use the query results in social network analysis (SNA) and GIS software. (The workshop will be able to use the by-then -- we hope -- newly added data from Nick Tackett’s and Yao Ping’s research materials.).

Daily Schedule:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Session One: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

From Flatland to Modeling Historical Experience: Thinking through Relational Databases

Session Two: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The Structure and Functions of the China Biographical Database, with Query Examples

Friday, August 23, 2013

Session Three: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

The Design of Research Projects using Relational Database Entities and CBDB

Session Four: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Querying, Analysis and Visualization with Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software

For more information, please visit the Tang Studies Scociety website.

Files for download

Harvard Tang CBCB Workshop Session 1.pptx

Harvard Tang CBCB Workshop Session 2.pptx

Harvard Tang CBCB Workshop Session 3.pptx

This is the temporary CBDB Access database with data drawn from the Tang epitaphs for the purpose of this workshop. This is NOT a formal release of CBDB.

Interim CBDB Access Database Release

CBDB SQLite Core tables

CBDB SQLite Full version

Sample Database for Workshop