Early Vermont GIS History

There once was a time when digital geographic information did not exist in Vermont. Now, it is used throughout the state in many contexts.

The transition did not happen overnight. This site's catalog contains digital copies of artifacts related to the early history of GIS in Vermont to help people discover when and how GIS (geographic information systems) became established in Vermont.

If you have artifacts from this era you would like to contribute to the catalog, please contact us.

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Significant Dates

Items with related documents in the Vermont GIS History collection are highlighted in italics.
1969   Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) is founded by Jack Dangermond
1974   The Vermont Mapping Program is started within the Department of Taxes to develop statewide orthophotography in Vermont
Summer 1981   The first installation of GIS in Vermont occurs at the University of Vermont's School of Natural Resources
1982   ESRI launches ARC/INFO, its first commercial GIS software
1983   Database development formally starts at the University of Vermont's School of Natural Resources
1985   The Vermont Mapping Program's statewide orthophoto coverage is completed, in hardcopy format
1988   The Growth Management Act of 1988 (Act 200) is enacted
August 1988   Pilot Projects are initiated
March 1989   The first Vermont GIS Annual Report is issued
June 1989   The Office of Geographic Information Services (OGIS) is created within the Agency of Administration through an Executive Order by Governor Kunin
1994   The Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc. (VCGI) is established through Act 204 of 1994 (10 VSA Chapter 8)
1994   The Vermont Mapping Program initiates digital orthophoto coverage for Vermont
January 1996   The Office of the State Auditor issues a recommendation that the Department of Taxes should not copyright digital orthophotographic data files.