00:04At the moment, the government is rather like a farmer who has just inherited his farm.
00:10He doesn't really know how big the farm is, perhaps doesn't know much about the soil.
00:15He hasn't got too much idea about the climate, and he's not really sure whether there's usable water.
00:22And yet, he has to make decisions that will let him plant the right seed and grow enough food to support his family.
00:31And if you think that would be a problem on an ordinary size farm, think what it would be like with a million square miles.
00:39The Canada Land Inventory is trying to tackle this problem in two ways.
00:44Firstly, it's trying to gather together the basic information that we need to know about the country.
00:51Secondly, it's trying to find out some way of handling this information.
00:57We'd like to think that we've got a system that can accept the information, can store it...
01:03...can analyze it, and present the results in a usable form.
01:08A system that can do this not in years, but in hours.
01:19Thank you very much.
01:21It's rather frightening to see yourself 40 or 50 years ago.
01:28They were wonderful years.
01:31Mr. Kennedy was in the White House.
01:34And Sputnik was in the air.
01:40Mr. Kennedy gave us a feeling that if you could think it, you could do it.
01:46The good people in the government of Canada had a need to come to grips with their farming situation and put their money behind it.
01:57I just happened to be alive in the middle of all of that.
02:01And it was...we could still call them the champagne years.
02:07And now we are 50 years on.
02:12The movie was made in '67, I started in 1960 playing around with maps and computers.
02:25I got the thing started off, but many people, particularly Jack Dangermond from 1969 on, was the guy who really put the organizational strength behind the development of the field.
Dr Roger Tomlinson: Data for Decision, Then and Now
- Recorded: Sep 22nd, 2010
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- Published: Sep 27th, 2010
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