Archiving program offers public countless insights
By Eva Tang
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
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2009-02-12 12:19 AM
Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP), a government sponsored program that archives Taiwan's cultural and natural assets digitally, held an opening ceremony for its annual exhibition in Taipei's Technology Building yesterday. The exhibition is open to public from now to Feb. 28.

TELDAP is an integrated program of National Digital Archives Program (NDAP) and Program for e-Learning (ELNP), which aims to showcase Taiwan's cultural, biological and social diversity. This is the first exhibition since the merger in 2008.

"TELDAP has archived 2.18 million of items digitally, with a total number of 3.7 million pieces of data. As for e-learning, thousands of digital courses have been built. Everyone can make use of the resource through the union catalog online," said the Program Director Liu Tsui-jung at the opening ceremony. She is also vice president to Academia Sinica.

"We have made great progress in digital archiving. In several top Science Citation Index periodicals, Taiwan ranks no. 3 in both accounts of the number of studies and the number of studies being referenced by other research," said Lee Lou-chuang of the National Science Council.

He added that Taiwan is now a creative kingdom since the U.S. removed Taiwan from its Special 301 Report this January. The report indicated intellectual property in Taiwan was poorly maintained.

The exhibition consists of two sections. The Project section explains the rationale of TELDAP, while the Theme section showcases the websites of accomplishment in different areas, from online Huayu and Hakka studies to digital Taiwan ethnography archive to a virtual tour of the Palace Museum. Digital versions of just about anything you can think of are accumulated in TELDAP day by day.

A Ministry of Education commissioned Digital Education and e-Learning Project presents digital courses in Formal Education and Lifelong Learning. The project built websites to provide teaching materials for instructors in different levels of education, which is a resource database for teachers who would like to offer digital lessons to their students. The Council for Cultural Affairs is in line with the project to provide the content of a website that offers art and cultural lessons to the general public.

While some work on enriching the content, others focus on reforming the technology to build digital archives. Photography, videography and scanning are no longer good enough for archiving classical antiques. The tech team is developing a three dimensional stereoscopic display technique to better present the characteristics of ancient cultural assets. The original is valuable without doubt, but the digital form is immortal when the original compromises its quality with time.

The exhibition will be on tour to National Taiwan University, National Central University, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Dong Hwa University and National Penghu University from March 5 to April 30.

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