A Fully Refreshed Hong Kong Literature Database – Launch of the Beta Version
Hong Kong Literature Database (HKLD) has been in use for more than two decades since its launched on 15 June 2000. Currently, the database consists of nearly 588,000 records and its rich content have attracted local and overseas researchers ever since. In 2019, the usage was over 5.6 million. In order to match the increasing demand of users, the CUHK Library started last year to revamp the HKLD platform and enhance its search capabilities.
The new HKLD is a concise, but easy-to-use platform. Its beta version in the first phase will provide new features. The search function not only provides basic search, but also includes faceted search and search within results, for more refined searching results. With the grounding work of our Library on collecting pseudonyms of authors, the new HKLD offers searching of works under different pseudonyms of an author. Furthermore, users can share search results through email. Hot Rank and Hong Kong literature related activities will also be available in the new platform.
The second phase aims at digital scholarship supports. The Library will collaborate with Hong Kong Literature Research Centre and other libraries to establish Hong Kong Writers Profile. This linked open data platform will display pseudonyms of authors and related biographical data on person, place, and event through queries and visualisations. Moreover, to encourage the reuse of data from HKLD and to facilitate research needs, datasets and digital scholarship tools will be available to registered users in this phase.
While the beta version of the new HKLD is released, the platform that has been serving for over two decades will be retired by the end of this year.
Hong Kong Literature Database (Beta): hklit-beta.lib.cuhk.edu.hk
Hong Kong Literature Database (Current Full Version): hklit.lib.cuhk.edu.hk