Advances in Earth Science ›› 2006, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (9): 925-930. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2006.09.0925

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The Information-oriented Research of Human Geography in China

Sun Zhongwei 1,Lu Zi 2   

  1. 1.Department of Resource & Environment ,Shijiazhuang College,Shijiazhuang 050035, China;2.College of Resource & Environment Science,Hebei Normal University,Shijiazhuang 050016, China
  • Received:2006-05-09 Revised:2006-08-02 Online:2006-09-15 Published:2006-09-15

Sun Zhongwei,Lu Zi. The Information-oriented Research of Human Geography in China[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2006, 21(9): 925-930.

In China, "information-oriented human geography research" traces back to the "the simple exploration for information geography" in 1989, which was written by Ji zengmin. After that, there is extension in quality and quantity, especially a large number of information-oriented researches in geography are conduted in recent years and there are two main basic research directions. one is geographical information science from technology layer and the other is human geography from human layer. Taking the papers of geographical journal in past 15 years as search source, we examine the research achievements in information-oriented human geography. Four stages are divided including problem research, special research, era research and main-topic research. Five main research areas are indentified, (1)new spatial pattern and new flows; (2) information industry and informatization; (3)internet and regional economy differences; (4) the inter-city or inner-city evolution under the effect of information technology; (5) tourism online service. We give a prospect to the information-oriented human geography by references in the plan of “geography committee of information society” In IGU. It is found that the similarity in outer-layer research and the disparity in inner-layer research between home and abroad. We also pointed the four development topic in future, that is space of flows, regional information communication, virtual community and equal information access.

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