Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond closes the 34th Esri User Conference with a tribute to the father of GIS, Dr. Roger Tomlinson.
Dr. Roger Tomlinson, the “father of GIS” and Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond share their vision for the Senior Executive Seminar.
This short film was produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 1967 and describes the development of the Canada Geographic Information System (CGIS). Dr. Roger Tomlinson, then director of CGIS, commissioned the film as a way to communicate information about the project to the government, who was funding CGIS development.
In this excerpt from the 1967 film “Data for Decision,” Dr. Roger Tomlinson explains how computers were being used to solve geographic problems in Canada. In a second clip from the 2010 Esri Senior Executive Seminar, Dr. Tomlinson looks back at 40-plus years of geospatial innovation.
National Geographic Society Board Chairman Gil Grosvenor recognizes Dr. Roger Tomlinson for his inventiveness in providing humanity with the ability to understand the Earth in ways never before thought possible. The award is also given to Jack Dangermond for transforming the field of geography and bringing the use of geographic information to virtually every field of human endeavor and every corner of the globe.