By the end of 2015, the state Bureau of Surveying and Mapping will have mapped 286 cities with geographic information systems. The bureau is gathering attribute data from utilities, to street lamps, to rivers and buildings, and are to serve as the “sole authoritative geographical information source for each city.”
This project began in 2006 with 30 cities, extended to 60 cities this year, and will grow exponentially until 2015. This is an impressive testament to the importance that is placed on these systems for a more efficient governance.
Read more in China View.