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Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 2871-2884;

Present State and Trends of the Geoinformation Industry in China

School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, 129 Luoyu Road, Wuhan 430079, China
Development Research Center of National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation of China, 28 Lianhuachixi Road, Beijing 100830, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 28 December 2014 / Revised: 10 February 2015 / Accepted: 10 February 2015 / Published: 9 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Business and Development II)
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The geoinformation industry is a high-tech service industry based on modern surveying and mapping technologies, remote sensing technologies and satellite navigation and positioning technologies. In China, the geoinformation industry is an emerging strategic industry that has rapidly developed; it has played an increasingly important role in the economy and society. This essay briefly introduces the present state of the international geoinformation industry. The state of the geoinformation industry enterprises in China from 2011 to 2013 is introduced. Although this industry has greatly progressed in China, problems and limitations still exist. The structure of the industry is not sustainable. The innovation capacity of Chinese enterprises is weak. Various market demands, increasing social investments, rapid progress in surveying, mapping and geoinformation technology and attention from the government are the main driving factors in this industry. Developing trends in the industry are proposed. Overall, the government will remain the main user of geoinformation applications, and enterprises will continue to merge and reorganize. Mobile geoinformation applications have broad prospects, and new business models will continue to emerge. View Full-Text
Keywords: geoinformation industry; surveying and mapping; present state; trend; business model; China geoinformation industry; surveying and mapping; present state; trend; business model; China

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Zhang, H.-F.; Du, Q.-Y.; Qiao, C.-F. Present State and Trends of the Geoinformation Industry in China. Sustainability 2015, 7, 2871-2884.

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