IBD's primary Data Processing facility was initially established
as a branch of China's State Information Center (SIC) with
United Nations funding to conduct the Peoples Republic of
China's, (PRC's) first computerized census.
SIC is the government
body responsible for delivering information technology services
throughout the PRC. The SIC is composed of 8 bureau-level
departments and several sub-companies, it has regional offices
and information centers dispersed throughout the country's
30 provinces and 16 large cities, operating on an advanced
nationwide private IP data network running over an ATM backbone.
The CEInet (China Economic Information Network) developed
by SIC is the largest Internet information server in China.
SIC is one of the key players in the project on National Spatial
Information Infrastructure (NSII), which is sponsored by the
State Development Planning Commission and Ministry of Science
All of SIC's 500 regional offices and the Beijing headquarters
have modern communication equipment and are linked together
using voice-over IP (VoIP). One of SIC's long term objectives
is to connect all government information centers using VoIP
as part of its bold "e-Government" initiative.
Upon completion of the census, IBD gathered industrial data
for the SIC until 1988. In 1988, the facility became a subsidiary
of the SIC and was chartered under the name of International
Business Data, Ltd., to process commercial data entry and
engage in software development.
IBD was granted complete autonomy
in 1988 to conduct it's operations on a profit-making basis,
receiving no funding from, and minimum control from the SIC.
In 1993, IBD became a subsidiary of SIC's newly established
China Guoxin Information Corporation (CGIC), which is one
of the leading companies that deals with information technology
IBD supplies data entry and data conversion services to organizations
such as government agencies, publishing companies, universities,
libraries, and virtually any company that needs to capture
and convert their data. IBD has offices in China and in the