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PNC Annual Conference                                                  October 6 - 8, 2009
TELearn 2009 Conference                                              October 8, 2009
GIS in Humanity and Social Science Conference       October 7 - 9, 2009



3F, The Building for Humanities and Social Sciences,
Academia Sinica
No.128, Sec.2, Academia Rd.,
Nankang, Taipei115, Taiwan

Tel: +886-2-2652-5251



Registration Form (PDF)  --  On-line Registration

Registration Fee
(Details please refer to “Registration”)

  Early Registration ( by 8/15, 2009) Registration (8/16~ 10/4, 2009)
Participant USD 50 / NTD 1,750 USD 120 / NTD 4,200
Student USD 20 / NTD 700 USD 40 / NTD 1,400
10/7 Welcome Reception USD 20 / NTD 700
10/9 Excursion USD 20 / NTD 700


Registration will be processed in Taiwan; therefore the registration fee will be charged in NTD.
Student voucher is designed for participants with Student Identification. To qualify for Student Voucher, he/she needs to fax the copy of Student ID to PNC Secretariat at +886-2-2783-4496.
Student’s registration fee DOES NOT include the welcome reception and excursion tickets. Students who are interested in attending the welcome reception or the excursion are required to purchase the tickets in advance via the registration.
The registration fee DOES NOT include accommodations. Please make a housing reservation separately.
The number of attending excursion is limited, so first registers, first reserved.

The registration fee will include the following items:

A storage device USB (2G) containing conference program and abstracts.
The registration fee allows participants to attend all sessions including PNC Annual Conference, TELearn 2009 Conference and GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference.
Daily lunch and mid-session refreshments from 10/6 to 10/9
Welcome reception on 10/7
Excursion on 10/9
Meeting Badge


A confirmation letter will be sent out after the registration is processed. The confirmation letter must be presented at the registration desk upon arrival. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Katie You at


Cancellations must be made in writing to the Secretariat before September 25, 2009. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Katie You at

Invitation Letter

To download the invitation letter, please click HERE   

Dear Sirs,

We are pleased to announce that Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) Annual Conference and Joint Meetings will be held from 6 October to 8 October 2009 at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. TELearn 2009 and GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009 will be held jointly. On behalf of PNC Organizing Committee, we sincerely welcome you to attend “PNC 2009 Annual Conference and Joint Meetings”. With your support and participation, we believe all the participants will greatly benefit from the conference.

The main theme for PNC 2009 annual conference is “Social Computing”. The conference calls for input from perspectives of culture as well as information technology to address this emerging issue. Participants are encouraged to integrate the impact of social computing into different sessions. This year PNC 2009 annual conference consists of oral presentation, and poster demonstration covering various domains such as Content Digitization, Digital Libraries, Digital Museums, e-Learning, GIS, GIS for Saving Life, Austronesian Studies, and Biodiversity. For detailed information about PNC 2009 please refer to

Since its initiation in 1993, PNC’s increasingly important role in the Pacific Rim scholarly community is foreseeable with the advent of the era of social computing. It is also a forum for interaction between scholars, technician, librarians, museum professionals, educators, site managers and all working with cultural materials and technology. Every year around 150-200 attendees from Asia-Pacific countries will attend this meeting, providing an excellent opportunity for academic resources sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration. We sincerely welcome your participation. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions.

With best regards,

  Tsan-Sheng Hsu
PNC Executive Officer
TEL: +886-2-2789-9380
FAX: +886-2-2783-4496

Visa Information

For more information about Visa, please visit  Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Visa-Exempt Entry:

Countries eligible for Visa-exempt entry:
1. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,  Italy, *Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands , New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.A.
2. Passport holders of India, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam, Indonesia, who also possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Travelers meeting the above qualifications and having never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar workers, have to first register information concerning their documents and personal data into the “Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan”. Upon completion, the printed confirmation is used to validate the traveler during the boarding and the immigration check. During the immigration check, travelers who can not show a valid visa or permanent resident visa issued by one of the aforementioned developed countries will not be admitted into the country.

1. A passport valid for at least six months upon entry.
2. Visa-exempt entry only applicable to formal passports, not including emergency, temporary, other informal passports or travel documents.
3. Japanese Citizen is entitled to validity of passport at least three months, under same other requirements) (unless otherwise stipulated by treaty or agreement)
4. A confirmed return air ticket (or an air ticket and a visa for the next destination), and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
5. No criminal record or not listed by the local authorities.

Duration of stay:
30 days. It starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Travelers must depart by the end of the said 30 days. Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to other types of  visas.
Japanese, U.K. passport holders can stay 90 days.
U.K. passport holders please go to "Notice for British Passport Holders Who Entered Taiwan Visa-Free and Are Applying for an Extension of Stay".

Landing Visa:

Countries eligible for Landing Visas:
  1. Holders of emergency or temporary passports with validity more than six months for nationals of those countries eligible for visa-exempt entry. Holders of USA passport with validity less than six months.

Requirements :
1. A confirmed return air ticket (or an air ticket and a visa for the next destination), and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
2. Fill out an application form with one photo.
3. Visa fee of NT$ 1,600 (citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements shall be issued visas gratis) plus a handling fee of NT$ 800; For U.S. citizens: see remarks 2.
4. No criminal record or not listed by the local authorities.

Duration of stay :
30 days. It starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Landing visa cannot be converted to other types of visas.

Other Information :
1. Passengers entering Taiwan through the TTY International Airport may apply for a landing visa at the Visa Office of Consular Affairs Bureau at the TTY International Airport.
2. Passengers who enter Taiwan through the Kaohsiung International Airport shall apply for a "temporary entry permit" at Kaohsiung Airport 2nd Brigade, Border Affairs Corps of  National Immigration Agency  for temporary permits. These passengers must change the permit to a visa at the Bureau of Consular Affairs or Southern Taiwan Office of  MOFA within three days, or will be subjected to administrative penalty for overstaying.

Remarks :
*Holders of USA passport with validity less than six months.
1. Passengers shall apply for a visa at ROC Overseas Missions and be charged a special handling fee of equal amount US$131 (NT$4,323).
2. Passengers who apply for visas upon arrival at the ports of entry in the ROC shall be charged a special handling fee of equal amount US$131 (NT$4,323) plus an additional fee of US$24 (NT$800). A single entry visa of which duration of stay is no more than 30 days may be granted.

Social Events

PNC Welcome Reception (Invited Only)

Date:      October 6, 2009
Venue:   4F, Building for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica
Time:     18:00-20:00 PNC Welcome Reception

PNC 2009 Banquet

Date:      October 7, 2009
Venue:   The Garden Taipei
                No.2, Xuzhou Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
                Tel: +886-2-2392-8888
Time:     18:30-19:00  Cultural Show -- Diabolo Dance Theatre
               19:00-21:00   PNC 2009 Banquet

Excursion (Free of charge for participants, students should buy coupons)

Date:    October 9, 2009
Tour:    09:00-11:15 National Palace Museum (
             11:30-12:30 Martyr’s Shrine
             14:00-16:00 Juming Museum (


“English” is the official language in this conference.


Conference Shuttle Bus Information

Shuttle service will be available between the Academia Sinica Activities Center and the appointed hotels from October 6 to 9, 2009 every morning and night. (Detailed shuttle bus timetable will be announced in September.)

About Taiwan

Currencies and Credit Cards
The Universal Currency Convert Website

The currency of Taiwan is the New Taiwan Dollar (NT$). The exchange rate to US$1 varies around NT$34 (updated till May, 2009). Hotels, department stores, airlines and major restaurants accept international credit cards which include VISA, American Express, and Master Card. The denominations of notes and coins are as follows:

Climate and Clothing
Central Weather Bureau, Taiwan

October is the enjoying month of Taipei, cool and soothing. The average maximum daily temperature ranges from 25℃ to 28℃ (about 77°F~82.4°F). Light clothing is advisable. However, as most of the buildings are air-conditioned, it is suggested to bring a light jacket for long sittings.


The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, though other dialects are also spoken. Many people can speak some English (the most widely studied foreign language), but taxi drivers generally speak only Mandarin. Taking name cards of the hotel written in Chinese is recommended.

Mobile Phone Network

GSM 900 MHz/ 1800 MHz


Tipping is optional. However, tips are usually given for restaurant services and to hotel porters. A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added Tax are already added to room rates and meals.


Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 5% and is included in the price. Few major tourist hotels, a 10% service charge is sometimes levied on rooms, meals or other services, and will be added to the bill.


The electric power is 110 volts, 60 cycles, AC.

Business Hours

Business hours are normally from 9:00 to 17:30 on weekdays. Banking hours are from 9:00 to 15:30 on weekdays. Stores, shopping malls, restaurants, etc. are usually open from the morning until late at night every day of the week.


Taipei City is located in the Taipei Basin of northern Taiwan. It extends east to Dafeng Neighborhood in Nangang District, west to Guandu Neighborhood in Beitou District, South to Jhihnan Neighborhood in Wenshan District, and North to Hutian Neighborhood in Beitou District. It is surrounded by Taipei County and it the largest city in Taiwan.

Population: 2,622,933(till Sept. 2008 )
Size: 271.7997 km2

The area that makes up modern-day Taipei was a lake 300 years ago. As the lake drained away, the rising lakebed formed what is known today as the Taipei Basin. The Danshui, Xindian and Keelung rivers come together in Danshui river in the center of the basin. The Danshui River eventually empties into the Taiwan Strait.

Historically Taipei has always been a place where cultures collide and coalesce. The earliest archaeological evidence of human presence in Taipei was found in the Yuanshan Prehistoric Site (B.C.5000) and the Zhishanyan Prehistoric Site (B.C.1000-200). The two sites confirm the early human presence in Taipei and Taipei's past as a lake. Later, the Ketagalan group belonging to the Pingpu ("Plains") Aboriginal tribes began to thrive in areas such as Danshui, Beitou and Bali.

The Spanish arrived in Danshui from Keelung and built Fort Provintia (now known as Fort Hongmao, or "red-topped tower".) Shortly after, the Dutch invaded from south Taiwan and fought for control of the island with Ming Dynasty general Koxinga, who was then stationed in Tainan. With the defeat of Koxinga forces, the Qing government assumed total control of Taiwan.
Southern Chinese immigrants from Quanzhou, Zhangzhou and Canton began to arrive in Mengjia, then Taiwan's largest port, in search of arable land. They fought constantly with the Pingpu tribes as well as among themselves for territory. These early immigrants built housings and temples that reflected a number of regional architectural styles.

Construction of Taipei City was completed in the late 19th century during Emperor Guangxu's reign. The original city gates we see today were constructed during this period.

Taiwan became a Japanese colony in 1895, after China lost the First Sino-Japanese War. Taiwan remained a Japanese colony until the end of WWII, when the mainland Chinese Nationalist government took over. The influx Nationalist troops and personnel brought with them mainland Chinese culture to Taiwanese society.

In recent years, increased immigration from Southeastern Asia has further contributed to Taipei's ever more diversified cultural climate.

Excerpted from TAIPEITRAVEL.NET at

Travel Links

Tourism Bureau, Republic of China (Taiwan) 交通部觀光局旅遊網站:
Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government台北市觀光傳播局:
Taipei Metro 台北捷運:
TaipeiTravel Net 台北旅遊網:
Taipei County Tour Net 台北縣觀光休憩網:
Yilan Tourism 宜蘭勁好玩:
Travel Agent (1) 宏祥旅行社 (2) Have Fun Travel 樂逍遙