Digital tools for Chinese history and literature studies have evolved very fast, and more and more scholars began using visual model to display the historical events statically or dynamically. Geographical analysis of Harvard University and Chinese researchers have cooperated to complete Geographical Information System of China. And now the historical GIS of China have give the virtual scenes of towns and cities from 221 BC. The application of GIS technology in this field of history can be classified in three aspects: Digitization of the historical material, visualization of history and the process of exploring the history based on spatial analysis. A striking example is the “Virtual Forbidden City”, which gives a general evolution of the magnificent ancient Chinese palace as well as the specific information at any specific time. Besides, a significant project has been set up recently called China Biographical Database, which offers mutually supportive applications for researches on Chinese history and literature, with the data stored in this system in languages of multi-languages.
Humanists are interest in how to make this system accessible to people who holds other relative database. Till now, the CBDB project have many sources of data, including the Tang Knowledge Database at the Center for Humanistic Research at Kyoto University, the Ming-Qing Archives at Academia Sinica, etc. By means of searching in the database, they can use data in quantity and looking for ways of making it accessible to others on the web.Now the CBDB project have a specialized orientation to develop more application programming interface for other researchers helping in adding information to this database. For example, the data base lacks detailed historical information in lower administrative division in some parts, this interfaces enable them to elaborate in their domain while at the same time them can incorporate information in the China Biographical Database project.
One application of CBDB project also exerts effect in archaeology data mining, ancient language analysis relics modeling. In addition to using of digital scanners 2-D or 3-D scanning ancient books and relics, archaeologists also using the computer for a 3-D virtual ruins drawing, virtual restoration artifacts.Besides, the virtual ruins scenarios can bring concrete conception to the public, especially students, thereby increasing the attractiveness of the archaeology. Overall, computer technology has and is profoundly changing the traditional look of archaeology.
In addition, the China Data Biographical Project also take the ancient literature into consideration.Now with the rise of digital publishing, growing number of literary publications were made into electronic text, which provides convenience to text mining. Ancient books are regarded as effective sources of information for historian which is equal important in the literature fields. In the international seminar on the “Dream of Red Mansions”(one of the Four Great Chinese Classics), a researcher used computer to analysis the word frequency and challenged a popular point of view which regarded the last 40 chapters in this masterpiece were written by another person rather than the original author. This study reflects that the terms statistical analysis with help of computer techniques has become a special literary research method, especially in the analysis of identification and literary style and literary genre. We can imagine with a compound help of various applications, readers can understand more close and precise of ancient masterpieces, while in return, the ancient works provide effective information to the databases.