【Biaodien Gujin Tushu Jicheng】
The Great Encyclopedia of Chinese Civilization
Gujin Tushu Jicheng is the greatest encyclopedia in the world. And the database is the first digital version (full text punctuated /full images), and the most popular one that owns maximum institution subscribers globally. Its length is 4 times the size of The Great Britain Encyclopedia and unites Chinese cultural heritage of 5,000 years. It gathers all the most important classics from ancient China to Ching Dynasty, including, astronomy, geography, history, philosophy, literature, politics, economy, art, education, agriculture, fishing, medicine and others. People admire it with the good name—Encyclopedia of the Great Ching Dynasty. It is also the biggest and greatest classified books collection of China. UDP incorporated 40 Chinese scholars to digitize and punctuate all of its full text and reserved full images.
However, Gujin Tushu Jicheng’s length is very huge so that it’s very difficult to read or search. Therefore, Greatman Group incorporated 40 Chinese scholars and 60 software engineers to digitize and punctuate all of its content. The databank produced according to its original texts and editions solves the difficulty by the fastest and most correct way. Users can search whole text by any word or term and get the data and the original edition pages for comparison in seconds. It surely overthrows the old way of studying Chinese ancient books. Meanwhile, digital Gujin Tushu Jicheng also owns two special functions－ancient-modern Chinese synonym search, and two kinds of language interfaces (traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese in two different versions) to meet different users’ needs. Accordingly, Greatman's digital version is so far the best seller compared to other digital versions of the same title in the world.
The first printed edition of Gujin Tushu Jicheng was published in 1726, but had been used by very few people until today. The reasons are lacking of better printing skills and storing media. Even China Bookstore re-published it, the high price is another difficulty for people to purchase. These problems indeed hinder cultural communication. Now, Greatman published the digital version that is not only easy to read and store, but also easy to purchase for people. For communication of Chinese culture, the databank indeed creates a great and amazing contribution in history.