History of GIS The Commercial Era: 1980 to 2010

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2 .. Background. Why?Random conversation in Matt McGrath's office a couple years ago after reading Nick Chrisman's book (we all knew very little about this topic)FocusTimeline style approachNothing truly historical (e.g., before computers)CaveatsWe are not historians, merely curious ESRI deve

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1. 1 . History of GIS The Commercial Era: 1980 to 2010 Erik Hoel Craig Gillgrass Matt McGrath June 2010 Version 19

2. 2 . Background Why? Random conversation in Matt McGrath’s office a couple years ago after reading Nick Chrisman’s book (we all knew very little about this topic) Focus Timeline style approach Nothing truly historical (e.g., before computers) Caveats We are not historians, merely curious ESRI development staff Intended to be low-key and fun – not scholarly Determining what is historical is quite hard …

3. 3 . Overview Timeline of GIS development Key academic developments Significant contributors and personalities Commercial technologies Cold War’s influence Impact of computer technology ESRI’s role Lots of amazing trivia

4. 4 . Message to Our External Reviewers Your chance to influence history! Shape how young minds perceive the past! Cement your place (and your friends) in the historical record! Expunge your enemies and the wannabees!

5. Law of the Famous “The famous are given most, if not all, of the credit, and a large number of others who also made key contributions to the success are largely ignored.” 5 .

6. 6 . 1981 IBM releases the Personal Computer (model 5150) Development led by Don Estridge; he realized that cost effectiveness required 3rd party hardware and software Starting price of $1565 ($3700 today) Intel 8088 CPU (4.77MHz, 16 bit) 16KB RAM 160KB 5.25” floppy drive 63.5W power supply PC named the Time’s 1982 Man of the Year

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