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This paper introduces resources on newspapers and magazines developed by the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA), the Digital Humanities unit of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. Its focus will rest on the Early Chinese Periodicals Online (ECPO) project, a collaborative endeavor between Academia Sinica, Taipei, the Cluster project MC15 “Powers of the Press,” and the HRA. The technical core of ECPO is the development of a database of women’s magazines and entertainment newspapers.
This database combines and significantly expands two resources developed in the Cluster’s first funding period which represent two complementary methodological approaches: The “Xiaobao Entertainment Newspapers” database covers more than fifty newspapers and provides information from a macro perspective (“extensive approach”). It offers characteristic features of individual newspapers and illustrates these with a number of examples. The “Chinese Women’s Magazines” database approaches its material from a micro perspective (“intensive approach”). It covers four major publications and records and analyses every single item, including advertisements.
While both methods have their advantages, with the extensive analysis providing characteristic features of a larger set of publications, and the intensive analysis offering detailed information for individual magazines, their combination within one system will offer a powerful research framework for the study of Early Chinese Periodicals.