Information Resources Development in China

Information Resources Development in China

Maosheng Lai (Peking University, China), Xin Fu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA), Liyang Zhang (Baidu.Com Co., Ltd., China) and Lin Wang (Peking University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch423
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Abstract

In its several thousand years of social progress, China has put continuous effort into cultural development, which to a certain extent contributed to the exploitation and utilization of information resources. This article reviews the history and present situation of China’s information resources development (IRD), with the focus on some IRD projects launched since the mid-1990s. The specific projects that will be introduced include the China Academic Library and Information System, the China Digital Library Project, the construction of the China National Science and Technology Library, the China Online Government Project, and the construction of the National Institute for Information Resources Management. The goal of each project is described and its initial impact is discussed.

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