China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
Digital collections of data organized according to research needs in particular disciplines have rapidly become indispensable to many areas of scholarly enquiry. In many cases, digital systems not only offer efficiency savings of several orders of magnitude for common and repetitive tasks, but also make possible entirely new ways of working with historical materials. At one end of the spectrum, these can resemble digital archives with selection criteria motivated by particular research questions; at another, they may incorporate extensive annotations and data created by researchers using a combination of primary source data and domain knowledge.