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Chrisman, Nicholas (1950–)

  • By: Francis J. Harvey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Nicholas R. Chrisman is a professor at the Université Laval, Canada, and scientific director of GEOIDE, a network that funds research spanning 30 universities across Canada. Over a 30-year period, Chrisman has contributed considerably to the development of GIS and the nascent scientific discussion of its potential and pitfalls, including data structure development, consideration of error, and engagement with sociotechnological dimensions of the use, creation, and consequences of geographic information technologies. Besides his current positions, he has also held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Washington.

Some of his early contributions were as part of the research group working at the Harvard Lab for Computer Graphics and Spatial Analysis in the 1970s on data structures and on programming the first GIS ...

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