Development and application of a digital humanities research platform for biographies of Malaysian personalities

Chen, Chih-Ming and Ling, Tek-Soon and Chang, Chung and Hsu, Chih-Fan and Lim, Chia-Pei (2022) Development and application of a digital humanities research platform for biographies of Malaysian personalities. Electronic Library, 40 (4). pp. 313-337. ISSN 0264-0473, DOI

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Purpose Digital humanities research platform for biographies of Malaysia personalities (DHRP-BMP) was collaboratively developed by the Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan, the Federation of Heng Ann Association Malaysia, and the Malaysian Chinese Research Center of Universiti Malaya in this study. Using The Biographies of Malaysia Henghua Personalities as the main archival sources, DHRP-BMP adopted the Omeka S, which is a next-generation Web publishing platform for institutions interested in connecting digital cultural heritage collections with other resources online, as the basic development system of the platform, to develop the functions of close reading and distant reading both combined together as the foundation of its digital humanities tools. Design/methodology/approach The results of the first-stage development are introduced in this study, and a case study of qualitative analysis is provided to describe the research process by a humanist scholar who used DHRP-BMP to discover the character relationships and contexts hidden in The Biographies of Malaysia Henghua Personalities. Findings Close reading provided by DHRP-BMP was able to support humanities scholars on comprehending full text contents through a user-friendly reading interface while distant reading developed in DHRP-BMP could assist humanities scholars on interpreting texts from a rather macro perspective through text analysis, with the functions such as keyword search, geographic information and social networks analysis for humanities scholars to master on the character relationships and geographic distribution from personality biographies, thus accelerating their text interpretation efficiency and uncovering the hidden context. Originality/value At present, a digital humanities research platform with real-time characters' relationships analysis tool that can automatically generate visualized character relationship graphs based on Chinese named entity recognition (CNER) and character relationship identification technologies to effectively assist humanities scholars in interpreting characters' relationships for digital humanities research is still lacking so far. This study thus presents the DHRP-BMP that offers the key features that can automatically identify characters' names and characters' relationships from personality biographies and provide a user-friendly visualization interface of characters' relationships for supporting digital humanities research, so that humanities scholars could more efficiently and accurately explore characters' relationships from the analyzed texts to explore complicated characters' relationships and find out useful research findings.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity of National Chengchi University 109H21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital humanities; Biographies; Malaysia personalities; Characters' relationships analysis; Geographic information analysis; Close reading; Distant reading
Subjects: A General Works > AZ History of Scholarship The Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Institute of China Studies
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2023 06:33
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2023 06:33

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