James Madison University

History of Geographic Information Science &Technology at JMU

  • Geography Program
    • 1970's:
      • Cartography part of core curriculum
      • Aerial photography, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and digital image processing introduced
    • 1980's:
      • SYMAP, Tektronix graphics terminal, digitizing table utilized in instruction and projects
      • Custom digital mapping applications developed for archaeology lab by geographers
    • 1990:
      • first copy of (PC) Arc/Info acquired & installed
    • 2000's:
      • Geograqphic Science curriculum revised
  • University Level Events
    • 2010:
      • Provost forms task force to make recommendations that would lead to strengthening offerings and capabilities in offering courses and other learning opportunities that use GIS as a tool. (see Resources tab to download the report).
    • 2011:
      • Provost forms steering committee to continue dialog started with the task force and plan for future activities.


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