Tianditu: China's first official online mapping service

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dc.contributor.author Chen, Yu-Wen
dc.contributor.author Yap, Ko-Hua
dc.contributor.author Lee, Joey Ying
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-04T16:51:45Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-04T16:51:45Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03
dc.identifier.citation CHEN, Y.-W., YAP, K.-H. & LEE, J. Y. 2013. Tianditu: China’s first official online mapping service. Media, Culture & Society, 35, 234-249. doi: 10.1177/0163443712468776 en
dc.identifier.volume 35 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 234 en
dc.identifier.endpage 249 en
dc.identifier.issn 0163-4437
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1365
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0163443712468776
dc.description.abstract Tianditu is China’s first state-sponsored web mapping service. Beijing considers Tianditu part and parcel of its burgeoning endeavor to build a ‘digital China’. The Chinese state created Tianditu to regain some of the ground lost when its monopoly on geographic information was effectively broken. This effort goes hand in hand with Beijing’s intention to compete with and shrink the space occupied by Google mapping services (Google Maps, Google Earth, etc.). Although Tianditu does bestow a certain degree of power on civilian users to interact with and explore geographic data, for political and social reasons the Chinese state tightly controls Tianditu. It is a tool that the regime uses to maintain political power and push ideologies it supports. This type of top-down reinforcement of static geographic knowledge is a far cry from the concept of civilian empowerment as understood in liberal democracies. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Sage en
dc.relation.uri http://mcs.sagepub.com/content/35/2/234.abstract
dc.subject Cartographic representation en
dc.subject Google Earth en
dc.subject Google Maps en
dc.subject Online mapping service en
dc.subject Tianditu en
dc.subject Web cartography en
dc.title Tianditu: China's first official online mapping service en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Yu-Wen Chen, Government, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: yw.chen@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2013-12-19T07:30:44Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Media, Culture and Society en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress yw.chen@ucc.ie en

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