Xiao Dong Zhu

(China Cultural Heritage Information and Consulting Center)

The project – Cultural Heritage Investigation and Systemic Construction of Database Management in Trial Provinces organized by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage(SACH), has been finished by China Cultural Heritage Information and Consultation Center(CCHICC) as well as the four trial provinces successively, which are Gansu, Shanxi, Henan and Liaoning From 2001 to 2004.
Gansu Province Though the trial, gatherings of above 3rd-level cultural heritage (including the third-level) in the museum have been done, including 106,492 items of character data, 141,431 2D image pictures, 450 video files. Among them, there are 3198 first-level items of character data, and 4821 first-level pictures.
Shanxi Province is the firstly-developed trial province and has established provincial-level Information Center of Cultural Heritage Data. So far, the information relating to 1,212,017 articles of cultural heritage in the province has been entered the database.
Henan Province has finished collecting around 100 thousand above third-level articles of treasure cultural relic in the museum, among which the data of the pictures has amounted to 1500G.
Liaoning Province has completed the gathering and entering of the provincial treasure cultural relic in the museum. The data about 120,518 articles has been gathered, including 252.5 thousand digital pictures taken, 2600-minute photography data, which totally amounts to 640 GB.
CCHICC is responsible for constructing the central platform for national cultural heritage data. The staff has worked out thoughtful working program and data, special construction layout such as Internet and software, and has established argument system of expert consultation. In addition, the related regulations and standard criterions have been set up such as Regulations on Trial Project Management (Draft), etc. State Cultural Heritage Data Center has been connected with the four provincial centers. Besides, CCHICC is actively developing training work so as to make staff preparation for the national spread-out of the project.