China has launched a census to survey the production, storage, circulation, trade, use and security of data resources across the country, the National Data Administration said on Monday.

The census, from Feb. 18 to March 5, is intended to provide statistical support for policymaking as well as the launch of demonstration pilot programs, the administration said.

Census participants include relevant government departments at the provincial level, manufacturers of data collection and storage equipment, companies in the sectors of consumer and industrial internet platforms, big data and artificial intelligence, data resource exchanges, national laboratories.

The census also covers centrally administered state-owned companies, industrial associations and chambers, as well as the State Information Center.

China launched a three-year campaign in December last year to promote the use of data as a factor of production in key scenarios, pledging to increase efforts to promote the high-level application of data, ensure the quality of supply, improve the circulation environment and strengthen data security.


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