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Opportunities and Challenges for the Construction of a Smart City Geo-Spatial Framework in a Small Urban Area in Central China

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State Key Laboratory of Geodesy and Earth’s Dynamics, Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 340 XuDong Rd., Wuhan 430077, Hubei, China
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School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1160, USA
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Intelligent Transport Systems Research Center, Engineering Research Center for Transportation Safety, Ministry of Education, National Engineering Research Center for Water Transport Safety, Wuhan University of Technology, 1040 Heping Avenue, Wuhan 430063, Hubei, China
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Smart Cities 2019, 2(2), 245-258; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities2020016
Received: 12 May 2019 / Revised: 10 June 2019 / Accepted: 12 June 2019 / Published: 18 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Big Data-Driven Intelligent Services in Smart Cities)
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Abstract

In 2006, China lunched its first Digital City initiative to build a national geo-spatial framework. Over the past ten years, 511 county-cities benefited from the national initiative with funding and technical resources channeled from the central government. Has the initiative achieved its goals? How has the geo-spatial framework affected local governmental administration, public services, business operation, and the daily life of citizens? What lessons can be learned from the ten-year experience of digital city development? Answering these questions is of important policy, scholarly, and practical interest. The Digital City initiative set the foundation for building smart cities that China’s central government agencies and many local municipalities are currently pursuing. A review in retrospect of China’s digital city development helps inform future Smart City investment decisions and related policy making in the nation. Lessons learned from the Chinese experience are also valuable to cities in other countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; digital city; geo-spatial framework; e-management and services; Qianjiang City; Hubei China smart city; digital city; geo-spatial framework; e-management and services; Qianjiang City; Hubei China
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Wang, H.; Zhang, M.; Zhong, M. Opportunities and Challenges for the Construction of a Smart City Geo-Spatial Framework in a Small Urban Area in Central China. Smart Cities 2019, 2, 245-258.

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