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).

Professional Development – Webinars

Feb 22: The GISP: The Road To and Through an Exam

Date:  Feb 22, 2017  — Time:  11AM to 12PM Register

GISCI began providing GIS professional certification in 2003 and launched the GISCI Core Technical Knowledge Exam® as an addition to the GISP certification in 2015. This session will focus on the value and growth of GIS professional certification, a description of the new Exam, and where GISCI and the GISP certification will go from here.

GISP Details

Presenter:  Bill Hodge, GISP, Executive Director, GISCI
As a non-academic geographer with a degree in Chemistry, a Masters in Theology, a GIS Certificate from Penn State, and being a 2018 MGIS Candidate in their online program, while holding a GISP Certification since 2010, I am interested in and intrigued by all things geospatial! As Executive Director of GISCI, I am now responsible for helping to determine and direct the institute’s focus in its second decade of existence.

Mar. 1: Ten Model Courses of the GeoTech Center and Education Products

Date:  March 1, 2017  --- Time:  3PM to 4PM Register

The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center), developed the GTCM and revised it in 2014 and also developed a metaDACUM.  From this information a course content tools was developed and used to develop 10 model course.  The model courses were developed based on the input from numerous faculty from across the country.  The 10 model courses have been developed into full courses that can be used as a turnkey resource or as individual components in other curriculum.  The GeoTech Center recently released a personal assessment tool which provides individuals a way to reflect on their abilities in 44 content areas which are used in the preparation for the GISP exam.  The conclusion will discuss new research and new products being produced.


Presenter Bio

Vincent A. DiNoto, Jr. is Dean of College and Systemic Initiatives and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Jefferson Community and Technical College.  He is the Director/PI of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence.  Vince has been PI, co-PI and senior team member on numerous grants including being co-PI of three different national centers and Project Director of a regional center.  He has created numerous courses including some of the first online offerings in Kentucky.  He continues to do research areas which include Water Powered Mills (most recent article on the two great armories), the topography of Civil War Battlefields as well as the concept of Citizen Scientist (which allows non-scientist/technologist to collect valuable information).  His degrees are in Physics from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.  Vince’s hobbies include photography, biking, painting and visiting wineries.  He is married to Cindy and they have two children.


Talk will include:

  1. Creation of GTCM
  2. Creation of MetaDACUM
  3. Course Assessment Tool
  4. Model Courses
  5. Personal Assessment Tools
  6. New Research and Developments

NYGeoCon2017 Oct. 17 – 19. SAVE THE DATE

nygeocon-logo-2017_150x150What: 2017 NYGeoCon
When: October 17-19, 2017
Where: Convention Center in Lake Placid, NY
How to Register: Registration will open in the Summer of 2017!
Sponsor Information: Brochure
More information: Website 

What is NYGeoCon?

For over 30 years Geospatial Professionals from throughout New York State and surrounding regions have been gathering to network, share and discover the latest in GIS and related technology. NYGeoCon is the premier New York State GIS conference. It occurs only once every two years and provides an opportunity for you to obtain training, see timely presentations, attend workshops and find out what your peers are doing.

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

Webinar- Earth Reshaped: Designing World Map Projections

Date:  February 24, 2017  — Time:  12PM Registration URL: Webinar ID: 678-151-667 Abstract Tom Patterson will discuss the making of the Natural Earth, Natural Earth II, and Patterson projections in...

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Upcoming VCGI Webinars about Geospatial Web Services

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 PM: Connecting to VCGI Web Services in ArcGIS and QGIS Presented by Leslie Pelch, Outreach Coordinator at VCGI. Join us to learn how to connect to web map and imagery services provided by the VT Center for Geographic Information. We will cover...

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CUNY Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) Summit

Hosted by Dr. Mark Hauber CUNY Interim University ​ ​ Vice Provost of Research Sunil Bhaskaran,​​ ​Professor, Bronx Community College, CUNY Glen Johnson Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy Andrew Maroko,​ Professor, CUNY Graduate...

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