The NYS GIS Association

Regional MapThe NYS GIS Association represents the interests of the entire geospatial community within New York and is the premier statewide professional organization for GIS and related industries. The Association is uniquely positioned to advocate in the state and nationally on issues of importance to the GIS industry (e.g., legislation and funding), reach out to sister organizations in other professions in building strong collaborations, and provide a statewide forum for advancing our profession through shared experiences, learning and training. Downloadable brochure (PDF).

Webinar: May 19; High Accuracy Field Data Collection in the Bring Your Own Device Era


The proliferation of spatially-enabled consumer grade devices – commonly referred to as the Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD“) revolution —  in recent years has resulted in the organic creation of sizeable contingents of lay people effectively performing field data collection activities that were heretofore the province of trained technicians, many of them GIS professionals.   While this phenomenon has immense potential to positively contribute to the overall volume of spatially-aware data sets , questions regarding both positional accuracy and data integrity remain.

This presentation aims to compare the “traditional” GPS-centric method of field data collection with the modern but still evolving data flow based upon the BYOD revolution.   The session will include a demonstration of a popular cloud-based data collection/management solution that will showcase both the power and simplicity of the current crop of offerings available to GIS professionals and non-GIS professionals alike.

Presented By

Presented by: Jonathan A. Cobb. Mr. Cobb is a founder of Waypoint Technology Group, an Albany-based geospatial solutions company.  He has over 25 years of varied professional experience in GPS/GIS applications, civil and environmental engineering, and GPS technology sales, consulting and training.    At Waypoint, he is responsible for consultative sales of GPS solutions aimed at supporting GIS mapping applications and integrated solutions.


NYS GeoSpatial Summit 2016

2016SummitBanner_NYCskyline_368x75The New York State GIS Association is pleased to announce that the 2016 GeoSpatial Summit will be held on Friday, October 21st at the Bern Dibner Pfizer Auditorium, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY.

We will kick off the event on Thursday, October 20th at the DB Pfizer Auditorium with the NYS GIS Association Annual Meeting at 4:00 pm, followed by food, drinks, and great company at the GeoSpatial Summit reception from 5:30 – 8:30pm.

More Information

The GeoSpatial Summit enables sharing and discussion of innovative and emerging ideas in our field and you won’t want to miss it!  This will be the NYS GIS Association’s only statewide event this year as the Association alternates yearly between NYGeoCon and the GeoSpatial Summit.

This is the 9th GeoSpatial Summit and we have an exciting lineup of speakers in the works. Jack Eichenbaum of The Geography of NYC ( will speak at our Thursday evening Reception. Two of the six keynote speakers for the Summit on Friday are:Chris Tucker, founder of and Chair-Elect of the American Geographical Society (; and Mike Flowers, former Chief Analytics Officer for NYC, and Senior Fellow for What Works Cities ( Stay tuned for more about this great event, and please visit the GeoSpatial Summit Website for further information.

Emerging GIS

oldMapThe NYS GIS Association is pleased to announce that we have received a generous $10,000 grant from the Fund For the City of New York to determine the GIS needs and resources in local government throughout New York State. We look forward to furthering our mission to support development of GIS throughout New York State by embarking on this new endeavor.

Please see the Emerging GIS Resources page and check back often as we will be adding new content. Second video added January 2016. If you'd like more information please contact Mickey Dietrich at

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New and Improved Store Available NOW

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Latest Association News

GIS event at UN HQ in New York

GISMO: GIS event at UN HQ in New York, Tuesday May 10, 2016, 13:15 to 14:30 A copy of the notice, which includes the person to contact to get the UN grounds pass that will be required in order to attend: Journal of the... read more

Western NY User Group Mtg May 25, 4:30

We are planning to have our spring educational event on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM. This is tentatively set to be held at the Main Court Building, 438 Main Street, Buffalo NY and we are planning to have about 4 presentations. Please set aside this time in your... read more

2016 Westchester GIS User Group Meeting

We are three weeks away from the 2016 Westchester GIS User Group Meeting at Purchase College. If you have not already registered, this is a friendly reminder to come and join us. Listen to a wide range of geospatial presentations covering the areas of infrastructure... read more

Catskill GIS Users Group Meeting – Apr 27

Just a Reminder, there are only a few spaces left…… The Catskill GIS Users Group will be having a meeting in the afternoon on Wednesday April 27th. There will be a presentation and interactive discussion with Ben Houston (of Spatial Analytix) about... read more

Technology Transfer Days April 25-27

Technology Transfer Days invites you to attend three evenings of collaborative learning next week, April 25-27. Reminder to RSVP via Meetup at You can find all details and speaker information at this... read more

Upcoming Events

NYS GIS Association Board Meeting

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Conference call. Please contact Mickey Dietrich <>, NYS GIS Association president if you'd like to attend.

Summit Committee Meeting

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Summit Committee plans and delivers! They are working on Geospatial Summit 2016. Contact committee chair if you are interested.

2016 Westchester GIS User Group Meeting

07:30 AM - 03:45 PM

Mark your calendar & join us at the 2016 Westchester GIS User Group Meeting on May 12th at Purchase College - the largest meeting of geospatial professionals in the Lower Hudson Valley!

The 2016 Westchester GIS User Group Meeting preliminary agenda is now available online.
Presentations for the event include representatives from government, industry, and academia. This year’s program includes GeoJeopardy! Contestants will be tested on their knowledge about Westchester County. For updates visit our website at Westchester County GIS.

Registration may be limited closer to the May 12th event, so register NOW!

When registering, indicate if you’re planning to attend any of the Workshops/Activities.

See you May 12th!

What People Are Saying

Becoming a member of the NYS GIS Assoc. is one of the best things I’ve done for my career! Events such as the summit and annual conference help provide critical professional connections as well as some good friendships while keeping me up-to-date with recent developments in the industry and across the state. Mike Schifferli