Data for Decision

Data for Decision

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This short documentary is a portrait of the early era of computing and the process and implications of the digitization of large amounts of information. Examining the arduous work of assessing and documenting the geographical landscape, including sampling and analysis of soil, forestry, timber, wildlife, resources, industrial sites, and many other aspects, we see that human beings alone couldn't handle the vast amount of information that is collected. A new kind of computer (an “instant library”), the Canada Land Inventory Geo-information System, was developed to help manage and develop Canadian land. This film examines the workings of this new and mysterious machine.

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Data for Decision, David Millar, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    David Millar
  • producer
    Sidney Goldsmith
  • photography
    Martin Duckworth
    Jacques Fogel
  • animation camera
    Kjeld Nielsen
  • editing
    Arthur Lipsett
  • sound editing
    Sidney Pearson
  • re-recording
    George Croll
  • animation
    Donald Stearn
  • narrator
    Richard Gilbert