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2006-2007 Provost Lecture Series

GIS Vision and Enabling Technology

Thursday, March 8, 2007
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Fiedler Auditorium,
Fiedler Hall

Jack Dangermond
Founder and President

Video of Lecture

Archived video of the lecture provided by the Office of Mediated Education and Regents Educational Communications Center.

Biographical Sketch:

Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of ESRI. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI is widely recognized as the technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web. ESRI has the largest GIS software install base in the world with more than one million users in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide. He fostered the growth of ESRI from a small research group to an organization of over 2,900 employees, known internationally for GIS software development, training, and services. Jack holds six honorary doctorates from California Polytechnic University-Pomona, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of West Hungary, City University in London, University of Redlands in California, and Ferris State University in Michigan.


The implementation of geographic information system (GIS) technology is growing rapidly within government, business, and academia. This lecture will provide the background on some of the key visions of independent GIS popularity and provide a number of examples of its application in various institutions ranging from local government to the entire globe.

GIS and related technologies are evolving-moving to the Web. This presentation will describe these new innovations and suggest what they will mean to our various social institutions.