International GIS Day 2015

Wed 11th Nov 2015

International GIS Day 2015

To help celebrate this year's International GIS Day we have delved deep into the history books to uncover the true history and origins of GIS to see just how much has changed and developed since the early days back in the 1960's. The early beginnings of GIS has its roots in Canada in the 1960's, where Roger Tomlinson, now widely credited as the 'Father of GIS', introduced the concept of Geographic Information Systems to the Canada Land Inventory.

Since its early days both the technology and the industry has come a long way. GIS software is no longer for the reserve of specialists and is easily accessible to millions of people around the world on a daily basis. The GIS industry is now truly global in size, generating billions of dollars in revenue each year and has helped to spawn new industries and services of the back of its success. Industries, jobs, careers and interests that today all wouldn't exist if it weren't for those early steps taken into the unknown world of GIS.

To commemorate those early pioneers and to celebrate International GIS Day we have created a special Map of the Moment. We have mapped out all the major milestones of GIS and the industry, charting its origins and developments right up to the present day, showing us how and where they came about. From its humble beginnings in the 60's GIS has advanced so far and wide that it is now regularly used by millions of people around the world. But what does the future hold and how will the technology and industry advance further... only time will tell!