The China Archive is a data archive dedicated to support of scholarly, empirical research by anthropologists, economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and others in the fields of business, agriculture, and engineering. The goal of the Archive is to enable case research on Chinese domestic matters and China–U.S. relations, as well as to facilitate the inclusion of China in more broadly comparative studies.

To that end, the Archive’s mission includes:

  • acquiring and maintaining extant data sets and data sources on an ongoing basis,
  • facilitating production of quantitative data from textual information when such is desirable and feasible,
  • making all of the Archive’s data available on a user-friendly basis to scholars at and visiting Texas A&M University, and
  • establishing web-based links to searchable electronic sources of information on China.

As long-term goals, The China Archive is especially dedicated to:

  • locating and acquiring difficult-to-obtain Chinese data such as public opinion data,
  • making as many of the holdings as possible available online or via other computer media, and
  • providing capability for converting textual data to numerical data suitable for quantitative analysis.
In keeping with these goals, the Archive includes data sets collected by individuals and research centers/institutes as well as by government agencies.

The Archive was planned by a faculty committee in 2002–2003, and is now a project of the Texas A&M University Libraries. A faculty committee continues to function as an advisory committee to the Libraries on matters related to the upkeep and expansion of The China Archive. The faculty committee is, in turn, advised by an External Advisory Panel, composed of China scholars from other academic institutions in the United States.

Faculty Planning Committee

  • Bob Harmel, Archive Planning Committee Chair; Political Science; Director, Program in the Cross-National Study of Politics
  • Stephen Atkins, Sterling Evans Library
  • Ben Crouch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Qi Li, Department of Economics
  • Xinsheng Liu, Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Bush School of Government and Public Service; School of Government, Peking University
  • Rick Nader, Director, Institute for Pacific Asia
  • Dudley Poston, Professor of Sociology and Abell Professor of Liberal Arts
  • Raghavan (Srini) Srinivasan, Director, Spatial Sciences Laboratory, Texas Agriculture Experiment Station
  • Di Wang, Assistant Professor of History
  • Ben Wu, Associate Professor, Rangeland Ecology and Management
  • Wei Zhao, Professor, Computer Science; Associate Vice President for Research
  • Dianzhi (Dan) Sui, Department of Geography
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