An Inclusive History of Conservation GIS

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An Inclusive History of Conservation GIS

All too often, history is the stories of empires and conquest, and the gentlemen explorers who benefited from that privilege.  Conservation is no different.  2020 will be an historic year by many measures, for reasons ranging from biology to politics to social justice.  It seemed opportune therefore to attempt to tell the history of Conservation & GIS from a different perspective, that of the many different cultures and nations who contributed, not just the few John Muirs or Ian McHargs normally described.    For source material, it will rely heavily upon the ongoing work of the Conservation Reference Project,  a series of profiles about individuals from around the world who contribute or contributed to the field.   This history will appear in this page as a series of columns, also listed below. 


1. "On GIS, modesty & the problem of racial privilege":  An introduction to the author and thoughts on Esri's unique role in GIS culture

2. An Inclusive History of Conservation GIS: Introduction to the series

3. Chapter 1: Origins of Conservation: Indigenous Lansdcapes & Traditional Knowledge

4. Chapter 2: Era of the Naturalists

5. Chapter 3: The Sixties - Natural Resources & the Birth of GIS

6. Chapter 4: The Seventies Ecology Movement: Everything is Related

7. Chapter 5: The Eighties: Computing Becomes Personal, GIS Becomes Real.

8. Chapter 6: Early Nineties: ECP, CTSP & the birth of GIS grants to Conservation & Social Justice

9. Chapter 7: Late Nineties: SCGIS, NPS & the birth of Conservation GIS User Groups

10 Chapter 8:  Early Aughts: Conservation GIS spreads around the globe

11. Chapter 9: Late Aughts:  Train-the-Trainers & Storymaps: Conservation GIS Training & Storytelling

12. Chapter 10 Teens: Clouds & Pandemics: GIS becomes universal, accessible and inclusive