Exploring Republican China in the USC Digital Library: An Experimental Metadata Analysis

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This exploratory study analyzes the metadata of over 1,500 items in various categories from digital collections related to Republican China (1911-1949) in the University of Soutehrn California Digital Library. It uses data visualization, mapping, social network analysis, and other analytic tools to investigate their coverage and connections in terms of geographic locations, timeline, historical figures and events, themes, and possible social networks. The results of this study, particularly the visual mapping and analysis, will help researchers gain a deeper understanding of USC’s Republican China collections.

Exploring Republican China in the USC Digital Library: An Experimental Metadata Analysis