Congratulations to the Digital Lin Chao Geomuseum Initiative which will be launched on October 30, 2011 in Beijing. After a series of preparations for more than half year, the initiative is led by the Geographical Society of China and jointly supported by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and International Geographical Union (IGU), more than ten organizations had decided to joint the initiative as partners.
Mr. Lin Chao is one of the great masters in exploring and leading China's geography from modern to contemporary geography in China. He made most outstanding contributions in so broad fields of geography, including geographical theory and methodology, integrated physical geography, historical geography, geographical education, as well as the international cooperation between China and the world else. On behalf of Institute of Geography of China, he submitted China’s application to join the International Geographical Union (IGU) at the 16th International Congress of IGU in 1949 in Portugal, when the General Assembly of IGU made decision to accept China to be a member of IGU. The great progress of China in IGU family in most resent years is inseparable from Prof. Lin Chao’s contribution on it.
The Digital Lin Chao Geomuseum will integrate the special charm of geography, technology of Internet, and the most valuable heritages of history and culture together; it will open to all with the digital geomuseum methodology. The Digital Lin Chao Geomuseum will record the historical contributions from Chinese geographers in exploring the earth and geographical sciences, the museum will demonstrate the geo-diversity with full color in multi-culture and arts, as well as the historical achievements of how human to discovery and to know its environment and the changes in rules
I believe that the Digital Lin Chao Geomuseum will be a new platform for learning geographical knowledge, promoting geographical spirit and enjoy geography all; it will also play a special and unique role in enhancing exchanges for the rich and colorful multi-culture in the world!