Introduction to the 1st All-China Internet Stamp Exhibition
By Yaohua LIANG
The 1st All-China Internet Stamp Exhibition (ACISE) organized by the All-China Philatelic Federation (ACPF) and undertaken by Hubei Post Administration and Hubei Philatelic Association, was held on Hubei Philatelic Net from November 2006 to May 2007 (Fig 1: logo of the ACISE). It displayed 280 philatelic exhibits (748 frames in total) and number of clicking is 1.33 million during the exhibition-period, and then continued to show online for more than two years (Fig 2: Catalogue of the ACISE). It’s the first time globally to hold a national competitive & comprehensive philatelic exhibition by computer technique and the internet. It has a strong influence in China and has also attracted the close attention to some overseas philatelic peers.
During the Training Seminar of International Philatelic Exhibition in Hangzhou in May 2007, we briefly introduced the basic situation of the ACISE to Mr. Tay Peng Hian, ex-Chairman of the FIAP. He marvelled at and was very happy that China took the lead in holding a national internet stamp exhibition globally. While highly appreciating the exhibition, he also said that it is a new channel for future philatelic exhibitions, and the bold attempt and valuable experience of Chinese peers are worth being introduced to the international philatelic world.
Award Ceremony of the ACISE was held during the 6th National Congress of the ACPF in Beijing on 29 July 2007 (Fig 3). Mr. Chang Yan’ting (Vice Chairman of the ACPF), Mr. Wang San’yi (Deputy Secretary-General of the ACPF) and Mr. Liu Yu’ping (Head of the Exhibition Department of the ACPF) attended the Award Ceremony. It’s the first time to present awards for a philatelic exhibition at a National Congress of the ACPF.
The ACISE has five characteristics:
1. The classes of exhibits & exhibitors are quite complete. The ACISE includes 11 classes (Championship, Traditional Philately, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic Philately, Maximaphily, Youth Philately, Revenue and Modern Philately) and is the first time to add the Championship Class at a national exhibition. All provincial philatelic associations and six industry philatelic associations participated in the exhibition. Philatelic organizations from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan also selected some exhibits to display. This is the first time in the history of Chinese national philatelic exhibitions.
2. The exhibition lasted a long time and had a wide space. The whole process from the solicitation-stage to the award & withdrawal stage, can be regarded as the actual exhibition-period. And it isn’t limited by the venue. As long as there is a computer and the internet, anyone can visit the exhibition.
3. It’s convenient & fast to visit the exhibition online. Hubei Philatelic Net developed a set of application technique of the online stamp exhibition. It has a special home-page and some sub-pages for the exhibition. Through four path links of the website, visitors can also go to the “venue” to watch those exhibits any time.
4. Remote & online judging combined with on-site centralized judging. With those exhibits being uploaded gradually, the jurors could judge them immediately. After the webmaster finished the collection of all exhibits, the jurors could realize their paperless works through the electronic evaluation-forms. Finally, all the jurors and members of the expert-team were invited to gather in Wuhan for a final judging of the exhibits (Fig 4). It's a first initiative to the ACISE to adopt the evaluation-method of combining network technique and nomal mode.
5. It maximizes people's participation in the exhibition. The ACISE was held on the internet, which objectively created a condition for the unlimited acceptance of visitors. During the exhibition-period, two activities - “Free Comments” and “Try to Be a Juror” were carried out online. Visitors were very active in participating in the two activities, which greatly improved the click-rate of the exhibition.
The ACISE has caused great repercussions nationwide, achieved the expected goal, greatly stimulated the enthusiasm of collectors and expanded a new idea and a new field of developing philately. No any exorbitant financial expenditure during the exhibition, which provides a reference for carrying out large philatelic activities with low cost and long-term effect in the future.
Fig.1 : Logo
Fig 2a: Catalogue of the ACISE
Fig 2b: Catalogue of the ACISE
Fig 3a: Award Ceremony of the ACISE (Beijing, 29 July 2007)
Fig 3b: Award Ceremony of the ACISE (Beijing, 29 July 2007)
Fig 4: Centralized Judging Meeting of the ACISE (Wuhan, May 2007)