Development of geographic information systems (GIS) in China: An overview

Jun Chen, Jing Li, Jianbang He, Zhilin Li

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Geographic information systems (GISs) were introduced into China (Mainland) in the 1970s. This paper provides an overview of the advances in GISs in Mainland China (not including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau) during the past more than 20 years. It covers the developments of operational application systems, national geospatial databases, and technical systems. It also reviews the advances in research, education, and institutional development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-332
Number of pages8
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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