shrug-l: SHRUG 2010 Workshop Panel Discussion

Jim Robeson jim at
Tue Nov 2 10:22:21 EDT 2010

I think the first thing I used ware a Product from Yale, Forestry.  LAND.
It was a Boolean math program to evaluate land use vs slops..  That was in
1984.  I ended up using it on a CDAMA by IBM.  A very new mini computer
workstation.   I forget what LAND stands for .  I'd have to dig up an old
resume.  So much started as a 1's and 0's on a dot matrix printer back then.



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There was a lot of GIS going on.  There was ESRI (only Arcinfo), Intergraph,
GRASS.  A lot of government grant money for universities.  LandSat had been
around for 10 years and people were doing classifications and trying to
analyze the results.  The WMD's were already using Arcinfo.  I used Arcinfo
20 years ago and it was version 4.3 so it had been around for awhile.  I did
my thesis (1985-87) with custom software based on IMGRID software written at
Harvard in the mid 70's when Jack Dangermond was a grad student there.  We
had computer science students customize routines for our analyses. 

Google search something like "+imgrid gis harvard".  It's interesting


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Re: shrug-l: SHRUG 2010 Workshop Panel Discussion



     If the time does not conflict with one of my presentation 
assignments, I would be interested.  My only question is the bit 
about the History of GIS since I only started in 1994 although I did 
work with mainframe computer programs to map things back in 1969 or 
1970.  Given the capacity of the mainframes back then, what GIS was 
being run 20 some years ago? .

C. Henry Depew

At 03:10 PM 11/1/2010, Brown, Janelle wrote:
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>Hello everyone,
>This year we would like to conduct panel discussions as part of our 
>concurrent speaker sessions. Possible topics would include the 
>History of GIS (for practioners with 20+ years of experience), the 
>Future of GIS (discussion about what the future holds for GIS) and 
>possibly a technical panel, where we could have a Question and Answer
>If you would like to participate as a member on any of these panels 
>or have suggestions for panel discussion topics, please contact me.
>Janelle Brown
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>Transportation Statistics Office
>Florida Department of Transportation
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