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National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA)

In 1986, the GIS software industry was very small, and courses in GIS were offered in only a handful of universities. Ronald Abler, then the Director of the Geography and Regional Science Program at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), recognized the potential importance of GIS as a tool for science and promoted the idea of a research center focused on facilitating the use of these systems and strengthening affiliated education programs. Two years later, after an intense competition, the center was awarded to a consortium of the University of California, Santa Barbara; the State University of New York at Buffalo; and the University of Maine.

The research of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) was organized around the concept of a research ...

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