China: The growth rate of China’s geographic information industry exceeded 300 percent during the period of the 11th Five-year Plan and its annual output value is expected to reach 200 billion yuan at the end of the 12th Five-year Plan period, according to Xu Deming, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources and Director of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM).
The annual increase of the geographic information industry’s industrial scale exceeded 25 percent and the total output value stood at nearly 100 billion yuan in 2010. Currently, more than 400,000 people are working in the industry and new geographic information enterprises are being established almost every day.
During the 11th Five-year Plan period, 120 cities across the country initiated the process of development of digital cities, and so far, 40 of them have completed it.
By the end of the 12th Five-year Plan period, the development of digital cities will generally be completed in prefecture-level cities and some county-level cities, and the geographic information resource-sharing at the national, provincial and municipal levels will gradually be available.
“Digital China will generally be established, which is made up of a comprehensive global positioning service network, a national primary scale topographic map and a national geographic information service platform,” Xu said.
Source: People’s Daily