NUS-led crowdsourcing project to map over 1,000 Chinese temples here (Top of the News, Page A6)

Monday, 8 May 2017

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, it was reported that the Department of Chinese Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is developing an interactive atlas of more than 1,000 Chinese temples in Singapore, dating back to the 19th century. The first such project here to consolidate such data is led by the Department’s Head, Professor Kenneth Dean with the aid of Senior Research Fellow Dr Hue Guan Thye from the same Department and the Department of Geography at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Using a crowdsourcing model, the project’s success will hinge largely on contribution from the public. It was mentioned that the geographic information system’s (GIS) first contributors are NUS undergraduates who studied 69 temples as part of a module called Everyday Life of Chinese Singaporeans: Past and Present. The project, named A Singapore Historical GIS Analysis: The transformation Of Chinese Institutions, has received about $700,000 in funding from the Ministry of Education. By the year end, Prof Dean and Dr Hue will launch a free mobile application developed by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering.

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