As a joint effort by the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, the China Data Center at the University of Michigan, and the State Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing of Wuhan University, we are pleased to announce the 1st release of the "Spatial Explorer of Religion" at http://chinadataonline.org/religionexplorer. It enables a variety of data derived from different sources and formats to be incorporated into one single system and offers demographic and economic data, maps, charts, reports, as well as advanced functions for graphic and spatial statistical analysis in a web-based delivery system.
About "the Spatial Study of Religion and Society" Project:
Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the "Spatial Study of Religion and Society" project is co-sponsored by the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University and the China Data Center at the University of Michigan. The project aims at promoting research, teaching, learning, and training on the spatial studies of religions and society in China. It is expected that the project will enhance the scholarship on the subject and provide effective assistance in support of scholars’ research through 1) developing their research interactions and collaboration; 2) expanding their research projects with the information and tech support in view of their limited access and tech support from local institutions; 3) promoting interdisciplinary studies with the added value from the integration of those data from different sources and fields, and 4) providing a variety of teaching and training tools for their courses on the studies of Chinese religion and society.
The project is directed by Dr. Z. George Hong (Professor of History at Purdue University Calumet and Co-Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University), Dr. Fenggang Yang (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University), and Dr. Shuming Bao (Director of the China Data Center at the University of Michigan). The project is also co-sponsored by Purdue University, the University of Michigan, Purdue University Calumet, Renmin University, East China Normal University, Wuhan University and some other institutions. All collaborations will be welcome. For more details, please visithttp://religioninchina.org or contact mailto:director@ReligionInChina.org.