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Construction of Chinese version of "Google Earth" launched
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17:05, January 15, 2009

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The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping launched a program to set up a service platform on national geographic information for the general public. The move, disclosed at a national conference for directors of surveying and mapping bureaus held on January 14, marks fundamental changes in China's traditional services to supply basic geographic information. Upon completion, the program will provide comprehensive online geographic information services similar to "Google Earth" and "Google Maps" to all types of institutions and to the general public.

According to experts, the world-renowned "Google Earth" geographic information system has inspired China's geographic information sector scientists and engineers.

Because the needs of the society are getting bigger, and because the demands coming from Government institutions, enterprises and individuals for authoritative and reliable online maps and geographic information services are increasing on a daily basis, there is now a pressing need to provide online national multi-scale and multi-type geographic information resource services for a comprehensive use.

To meet these demands, the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping made this strategic decision and organized experts to plan the construction of the platform, perform overall design and conduct relevant experiments.

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