China’s geoinformation industry—surveying, mapping, and associated geospatial data and technologies—has grown explosively in the past decade, perhaps more so than that of any other country in the world. Yet outside of China, it remains little known. China’s civilian, military and even commercial geospatial players have long operated in a state of secrecy and restriction.
This 21-article volume, the inaugural issue of the new series East View Special Intelligence Reports, examines the past, current, and future of the geoinformation industry in China. Originally released in Chinese in January 2015 by Social Sciences Academic Press in Beijing, this comprehensive analysis offers timely insider perspectives from individuals and organizations leading change in the public and private sectors. Article authors include officials from national and regional mapping agencies, as well as company executives in China’s geoinformation industry. Now a vibrant billion-dollar activity, China’s geoinformation industry requires continuous updates and transformation to grow dramatically. Several authors recommend policy reforms that would allow market forces to drive the industry and foster demand for geospatial services. Ambitions to expand the Chinese geoinformation industry are integral to the continued development of China’s economy and security, including in information technology, mining, transportation, and China’s first-ever National Geographic Census. Authors view China’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS) BeiDou and the mobile internet as key catalysts in transforming the geoinformation industry.
Ongoing Reforms in the Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Industry
Kurexi Maihesuti, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Land and Resources, Director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
China’s National Priorities in the Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Industry
Xu Yongqing, Qiao Chaofei, Liu Li, Ruan Yuzhou and Ning Zhenya, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
China’s Geoinformation Industry: Major Urban and Provincial Initiatives
Geoinformation in the Chinese Capital: New Developments at the Beijing Institute of Surveying and Mapping
Wen Zongyong, Beijing Institute of Surveying and Mapping
View from a Coastal Province: Zhejiang’s Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Industry
Chen Jianguo, Zhejiang Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
China’s Newest Mega-City: Chongqing’s Transformation of the Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Industry
Zhang Yuan, Chongqing Bureau of Urban Planning
China’s Deep South: Sichuan Province’s Development of the Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Industry
Ma Yun, Bureau of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
Country-wide Organization and Reform
China’s Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Sector: Law and Legal Reform Issues
Wang Baoli, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
Taking Country-wide Geospatial Sector Reforms to Key Provinces: The Jiangxi Experience
Gao Zhenhua, Jiangxi Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
China’s National Leadership Directives for the Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation Industry: Challenges and Transformation
Liu Li, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
Major Initiatives at the National Level
China’s National Geographic Census
Li Weisen, National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation
Mineral Resources: Interplay of Remote Sensing and On-site Monitoring
Lu Xiaoping, Cheng Gang and Ge Xiaosan, HPU-NASG Key Laboratory for Mine Spatial Information Technology
Anticipating User Demand for China’s National Geographic Census
Wang Hua, Chen Xiaoqian and Zhang Kai, Hubei Bureau of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Hubei Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
China’s Geoinformation Industry: Key Sectors and Services
China’s Map Publishing Industry: SinoMaps in 2015 and Beyond
Zhao Xiaoming, SinoMaps Press
Satellite Navigation and Location-Based Services: China’s BeiDou GNSS and More
Miao Qianjun, GNSS & LBS Association of China
China’s Geoinformation Industry: Themes for 2015
Cao Tianjing, Sun Xiaopeng, Liang Peng and Rong Wei, Catic Siwei Co., Ltd, AVIC Siwei (Beijing) Aviation Remote Sensing Technology Co., Ltd.
China and the Global Internet: Geospatial Private Sector Embraces ‘Mobile Internet’ and ‘Internet of Things’
Wang Kanghong, SuperMap Software Co., Ltd.
Traditional and State-owned Geoinformation Enterprises: New Challenges Ahead
Yang Zhenpeng, South Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
Learning from Mistakes: Applying ‘Internet Thinking’ to China’s Geoinformation Industry
Geoinformation: Science and Technology Developments
A View from China’s Military: Innovation in the Geoinformation Industry
Wang Jiayao and Cui Xiaojie, Geospatial Information Institute, PLA Information Engineering University
The Transformation of AutoNavi in the Mobile Internet and Big Data Era
Dong Zhenning, Wang Yujing, Chen Shuiping and Zhou Qi, AutoNavi Software Co., Ltd.
China’s Virtual Reality: The Live 3-D Image Map Industry in the Big Data Era
Wan Heping, Yuan Jianfeng, Ding Yong and Li Yuqi, Leador Spatial Information Technology Co., Ltd.
China’s First High-Security Geospatial Database Management System: BeyonDB and Protecting National Geoinformation Assets
Guo Xinping, Shang Dong, Chen Rongguo and Xie Jiong, Beijing Unistrong Science Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing Beyon Information Technology Co., Ltd.
Other China Geoinformation Industry Reports