Abstract: Profile data is the basis for studies of historical figures in this information age. This study draws sources from published materials including Biography of Academic Figures in Nanjing During the Republic of China, History of the Republic of China, Volume of People, and Concise Chronicles of Nanjing. The dataset records the profile information of 136 natives and non-native residents with great influence in the history of Nanjing, from the fields of politics, education, science and technology, literature and art. It contains such data items as the figure’s common name, alias, date of birth and death, birthplace, experience, and social ties. This dataset can provide bases for wide-ranging research concerning historical figure query and statistics, social tie visualization and analysis, life map generation, and so on, in a way to promote an in-depth mining and utilization of Nanjing history and culture.
Keywords: historical GIS; profile of figures; spatio-temporal data; historical culture; Nanjing