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UrbaChina photo collection

UrbaChina Project has launched this month UrbaChina photo collection; the images of the photo collection UrbaChina are stored on MediHAL, the French open archives for digital photographs and scientific images.1.urbachinaphotos 2013-05-31 à 13.35



MédiHAL allows researchers to deposit scientific image-type documents

  • scanned images
  • digitalised photographs
  • digital photographs

It is neither an institutional nor a thematic photo library ; but rather  a data warehouse, open to all scientific disciplines.

Researchers may deposit their photos from their research field, and therefore contribute to an international movement for open access to scientific data.

The UrbaChina photo collection

The collection is organised around the cities of

  • Shanghai
  • Chongqing
  • Kunming
  • Huangshan

Traffic jam in Kunming, Fu Jie .
MediHAL gathers pictures taken by UrbaChina’s participants as well as pictures of others in the same fields.  The pictures published in the posts by UrbaChina are deposited to MédiHAL.

The author chooses the licence : all rights reserved or a Creative commons licence. When you click on a picture, you will find the picture’s metadata and see the licence chosen by the author which will enable you to know what you are allowed to do with the picture.

How to deposit ?

  • Photos are deposited by the researcher.
  • The author may choose to have them accessible immediately after they are deposited or after a moving wall chosen by himself.
  • The pictures deposited in MédiHAL can be geo-referenced. The images containing GPS metadata will be placed automatically on the map.
  • The iconographic documents are stored in a secure data warehouse, with back up of the pictures and of their metadata.
  • A permanent preservation of the photos is guaranteed as well as their citability. More information

Browse the collection by authors

Link to MédiHAL

Médihal documents and video tutorials can be found on this page

Residential blocks, Gipouloux François
Night view of Chonqing, Wang Ju

  1. MediHAL was launched in 2010 by the Centre pour la communication scientifique et directe (CCSD) (centre for direct scientific communication) and the Centre national pour la numérisation des sources visuelles (CNRS national centre for the digitalisation of visual material) with the support of the Très grand équipement ADONIS (TGE), a very large research infrastructure led by the CNRS []

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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China’s electronic waste village- photos


  • Guiyu, China breaks down much of the world’s discarded electronics, slowly poisoning itself in the process. Photographs by Chien-min Chung / Reportage by Getty. – Jacqueline Nivard

Tags: china, village, photo, guiyu

by: Jacqueline Nivard

Deng Fei launches Weibo campaign to share images of water pollution


  • What’s interesting about this is not so much that some Chinese rivers are full of trash – this should not come as a great shock to anyone – but that it is a clever way of making a local issue into a national one. Sina Weibo has proved to be fertile ground for this, and we have seen the same story play out with corruption over the past few years and more and more weibo users realize that corruption isn’t just a local issue after reading weibo accounts of “local” corruption all over the country. Deng Fei appears to be trying something similar here, as while one river being full of trash is a local problem, everyone’s rivers being full of trash might point to a larger problem. – Jacqueline Nivard

Tags: pollution, images, Weibo

by: Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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China’s toxic sky

the Atlantic

(accessed 30 January 2013)

Since the beginning of this year, the levels of air pollution in Beijing have been dangerously high, with thick clouds of smog chasing people indoors, disrupting air travel, and affecting the health of millions. The past two weeks have been especially bad — at one point the pollution level measured 40 times recommended safety levels. Authorities are taking short-term measures to combat the current crisis, shutting down some factories and limiting government auto usage. However, long-term solutions seem distant, as China’s use of coal continues to rise, and the government remains slow to acknowledge and address the problems. * Starting with photo #2, a four-part set of these images is interactive, allowing you to click the photo and ‘clear the air’, viewing a difference over time.

[31 photos http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/01/chinas-toxic-sky/100449/]

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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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