2nd-Year : "Digital Museum -- The World of Xuanzang and Silk Road"

  The main purpose of this project is to build a world-class digital museum containing historical, geographical, and art materials related to Master Xuanzang 's "A Record of the Tang's Western Regions". The digital museum built by this project is designed to become an invaluable resource not only to the researchers interested in related topics but also to the teachers and students of elementary and middle school. The project is a joint effort of contents expert computer scientists, and visualization art designers and is significant in the following aspects:1. The cultural exchanges between the eastern and western worlds have played a significant role in evolution of human civilization. In this regard, "A Record of the Tang's Western Regions" is one of the most comprehensive texts recording the cultural exchange occurred along the Silk Road and, as a result, is one of the most important articles for studying Silk Road and Indian history.2. The content of the well-known Chinese novel "The Monkey" is closely related to "A Record of the Tang's Western Regions". This project will integrate the contents of these two texts to form an interesting and exciting learning material for elementary and middle schools students.3. This project emphasizes joint effort of computer scientists and visualization art designers to develop an informative presentation and friendly user environment. This effort is a pioneer work in digital museum development. This project includes three sub-projects, namely,1. The study and organization of documents, images geographic and historical records. 2. Visual art design of an interactive, 3D virtual web site.3. Study of information technologies for a digital museum. In Year 1, we built a first version of the Digital Museum (http://mars.csie.ntu.tw/silk) using Part 1's work in the organization of documents and historical record, Part 2's web script design, web site construction and interactive information visualization design, and Part 3's virtual reality technology, GIS, and databases. The Digital Museum is directed both to scholars (with a database for Buddhist literature) and the public (as an exercise in distance learning about the literature, history, geography, religion, art, and culture of the period). Based on Xuanzang's first and second Silk Road routes, seven themes were built in Year 1:· Record of the Tang Dynasty's Western Reach: historical viewpoints· Silk Road: its geography, including video and GIS virtual tours· Journey to the West: literary viewpoints· Art Historical Collection: artistic and cultural viewpoints· Interactive Learning: technology for e-learning· Database Look-up: a powerful search tool· Buddhist Electronic Dictionary In Year 2, we will extend these themes to cover Xuanzang's third, fourth, and fifth routes. Further, we will link themes where connections exist. For example, the Tang Dynasty's Western Reach can organizing access to other information, integrating maps, chronologies, database access, and multimedia. A single click in the interactive system will synchronize relevant text, multimedia, video, and different frames of a single window. Our interface will make this information highly readable, alive, and interesting through innovative visualization technology for geography, chronology, and numeric information. The Digital Museum uses, and will continue to use, technologies including mark-up languages (HTML and XML), Java, Javascript, and PHP. Interactive displays are supported with Java, DHTML, Flash, and streaming video and audio. The entire site features professional design quality.


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