China and Inner Asia
National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan (Republic of China)
The Diary of Mackay is written by the Rev. George Leslie Mackay, who is a missionary in Taiwan during the late 19th century. The diary begins on Nov. 1st, 1871 when Mackay leaves San Francisco and ends on Feb. 12th, 1901. Besides the diary of 1883, others were saved by his offspring and digitized by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and Aletheia University. With 10,284 days and over 290 thousand words of material, this diary is no doubt a treasure trove for Taiwan history from late Qing Dynasty to early colonial period of Japan. But it is also difficult to use. In 2002, Aletheia University build a database with the image and full-text database of Mackay's diary. After that, the Institute of Taiwan History of Academia Sinica rebuilds another Mackay's Diary Database in their Taiwanese Diaries Database in 2019.
With these foundations, we used the DocuSky Collaboration Platform to reorganize the full text and add tags and metadata to rebuild a database with the thought of digital humanities. In the newest database, we can explore the relationship of people that Mackay mentioned in his diary by the tags of PersonName, and retrieve the locations that he preaches the Gospel in Taiwan by the GIS map. Through this presentation, we hope not only to present Mackay's daily life in his diary but also show how to though the digital humanities platform helps researchers rebuild the material they already have and add more useful elementary by their research needs by themselves.