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The Ten Thousand Rooms Project (廣廈千萬間項目) is a collaborative workspace for pre-modern textual studies being developed at Yale University with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon FoundationBuilding on the Mirador Viewer developed by Stanford University, the platform allows users to upload images of manuscript, print, inscriptional, and other sources and then organize projects around their transcription, translation, and/or annotation. Both as a workspace for crowd-sourcing core textual research and as a publishing venue for scholarly contributions that are less well suited to conventional book formats, the Ten Thousand Rooms Project aims to establish an international online community committed to making the East Asian textual heritage more accessible to a wider audience.

All users are free to view projects on the site, and registered users are welcome to create their own projects and/or contribute to others’ projects (provided they do not violate the Terms of Use). If you initiate a project, you retain total control over your own project, including the ability to choose and vet project contributors. All original content uploaded to the Ten Thousand Rooms platform is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (for additional information, please see the Terms of Use.)

As of 3/1/2017, we are currently in the third and final year of a $430,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation. In future funding applications, we plan to further expand and refine the platform and also build connections with other East Asian digital humanities projects. Additional support for the project is provided by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University.

The Principal Investigators of the Ten Thousand Rooms Project are Tina Lu and Michael Hunter of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Technical development for the project is being carried out by the Web Technologies group of Yale’s Information Technologies Services (ITS).

A brief overview of the project can be found here and here (中文). If you would like to contact the site administrators, you can e-mail us here.

Where can I find a spacious hall with a thousand, ten thousand rooms,
A grand refuge to gladden the miens of all scholars in the cold,
Unmoved by winds and falling rains, secure as a mountain? Oh!
When will I get to see this house before my eyes soaring?
For that I would suffer this broken hut, and die alone and frozen.


Du Fu, “Song of My Cottage Unroofed by Autumn Gales” 茅屋為秋風所破歌