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Reminisce the Century-old Stores Lin-fu-zhen Store and Qian-yuan Pharmacy on Dihua Street
The first image of Dihua Street in Da-tong district, Taipei is an old street full of Chinese medicine shops, dried goods stores and fabric stores. Reminiscing the development of Dihua Street, it is located in an area called “Dadaocheng” which became a street in 19th Century. Foreign companies came to Tamsui and built their career after Tamsui Customs Wharf was established in 1860. The trading of tea activated the commercial developments in Dadaocheng area. In the end of the 19th Century, Dadaocheng became the trading hub in northern Taiwan.


The team of ICTAP responsible for acquiring historical records is made up of research fellows from the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. Owing to historical origins and geographical connection, It focus on collaborating with historical archival institutions in countries including Japan, Russia and China.

Through survey and investigation, literature analysis and review, search on the Internet and academic networks, the whereabouts of Taiwan historical resources ‘in exile’ are located, with details on their contents and quantities in foreign repositories, the status of their documentation and preservation as well as the progress of their digitization.  Visits are then made to these repositories abroad for further appraisal of the archives and discussion on possible future collaboration.  Taking into consideration the preservation status of the historical resources, the policy of the archival institutions, the subsequent value-added applications, as well as future plans for utilization and open access, the acquisition strategies adopted so far include digital archives acquisition and digital content value-added. Materials in the forms of both digital archival materials and original historical records are collected through purchase, collaboration, and exchange. The achievements include the establishment of digital databases and archives as well as thematic knowledge banks. Historical records and digital images brought back from overseas repositories are then arranged and interpreted. The annotated editions are then posted at digital archives such as the 「Taiwan Archival Information System」 and 「Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank」 for free and open access by the general public.

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