This research project aims at a large-scale digital documentation of funerary and epigraphic practices on Taiwan, Penghu, Jinmen and Mazu, and, for comparison, of related practices in Japan and China, and other places where migrants from China have moved to, including, but not limited to, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Europe and the US. Our research equally develops techniques and interfaces for the storage, annotation, transcription and elaboration of the data, the archiving of these resources and the distribution of data and media for scientific and educational purposes. In addition, our research explores and develops innovative analyses and visualization techniques to make data interpretable for a wide range of researchers and a broader public. Although the data are designed to cater to research questions in Humanities and Social Sciences, the analyses that we are currently conducting focus on the indigenous invention of new practices, their transformations and their interpretations in the light of Taiwan's multi-colonial history. Special attention is given in our documentation and research to the influence that professionals have on the invention, standardization, and rationalization of new practices.