Prof. I-chun Fan
Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Executive Officer, Center for Geographic Information System, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS), Academia Sinica

Prof. I-chun Fan is a Research Fellow of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica. He is also the Executive Officer of the Center for Geographic Information System, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS), Academia Sinica. His main research areas include Socio-economic history of Ming Qing dynasty, Historiography and Geographic Information Systems. His early research, such as the Relations between Towns and Kiangnan Socio-economic Development during Ming Qing Dynasty”, mainly focused on analyzing the history of Kiangnan with quantitative methodology in tempo-spatial framework. Those researches provide clear pictures of the scale change and spatial transitions of Chinese townships in addition to traditional narratives. (For example, the project of Town Development and the Socio-economic Changes of East Taihu Lake Area during Ming Quing dynasty:1551-1861.)

In recent years, Prof. Fan has devoted himself into the research and promotion of Geographic Information System(GIS). For example, the Space-time Coordinates─Promoting the Use of Historical Maps and the Geographic Information Systems for the Distribution of Authors and Poetry during Tang Song Dynasty, both projects tried to integrate texts, statistical data, historical maps and aerial photos, and reconstructed the history, geography and culture in the space-time GIS.

Under the leadership of Professor Fan, the Geographic Information Science Center of Academia Sinica has completed a number of large-scale interdisciplinary projects such as the Chinese Civilization in Time and Space (CCTS, http://ccts.ascc.net/index.php?lang=zh-tw), based on Tan Qixinag’s “Historical Atlas of China”, and the History and Culture in Time and Space (THCTS, http://thcts.ascc.net/), based on the integration of historical documents, name information and ancient maps. All of these projects have accumulated important research resources for the spatialization and visualization for historical research.
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