The NYS GIS Association

Regional Map 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).

NYGeoCon 2015

nygeocon2015logo100THANK YOU!: Thank you conference organizers, sponsors, and speakers,  It was a wonderful conference. To view a video (and the slides w/notes) from the “State of the State in GIS”, follow the link below to the website.  More slides for presentations are available. Updated: Nov. 16, 2015


NYS Geospatial Summit 2016

audienceThe NYS Geospatial Summit 2016 will be held in New York City in late October- check back for more details in 2016! GeoSpatial Summit_2016_Logo_313x80

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

sweatshirt_100x127As many of your know we have been offering NYS GIS Association merchandise. We’ve gotten many positive responses as we’ve displayed the merchandise throughout the state. To better serve you we have improved our store by moving to a different company. Check out the new webstore.

Latest Association News

New Job Added!

A new job has been added to the NYS GIS Association website.  Visit the GIS Job Postings page to view GIS jobs.  When you think GIS jobs in NYS, think NYS GIS Association! read more

Python Videos

Dr. James Zollweg’s two-part Python video series from summer 2012 are now available on the NYS GIS Association you tube channel and on our professional development archive page. Video 1 Video 2 Professional Development Archive Page (near bottom of page under... read more

Long Island GIS – requests for presentations

The Long Island GIS Steering Committee (LIGIS) is now accepting requests for presentations at our next conference on April 15, 2016 at SUNY Farmingdale, Long Island. If you are interested in giving a presentation (max. 45min), please submit a brief abstract of the... read more

Census Webinars – GIS from AFF Portal

Learn how to obtain GIS-ready files and data together from the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder (AFF) portal.  The presentation will show the advantages of obtaining geographic files from the portal as opposed to the FTP site, and how to use the AFF tool. MAP... read more

New Member Benefit

Tuition Discount! Association membership now entitles members to a 10% registration discount on classes associated with the new GIS Certificate Program at Purchase College starting Fall 2015. For more information, contact Sam Wear at

Upcoming Events

GISMO Meeting

11:30 AM - 02:00 PM
121 6th Avenue, 6th Floor, NY Meeting

You are invited to attend a GISMO meeting on Wednesday, February 10th between 11:30am and 2:00pm in the main Conference Room of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) on the 6th floor of 121 6th Avenue, two blocks north of Canal Street. The Fund is easily walkable from the downtown civic center, and from Canal Street stations of the #1 Broadway Local and the A, C, and E lines.

A light lunch of sandwiches and soft drinks will be provided through the generosity of FCNY and we thank Fund President Mary McCormick for once again making meeting space available to GISMO.

The main event of the meeting will be a presentation by Doug Williamson, Director of Operations Research at the NYPD, describing GIS use by the Police Department. One of his main responsibilities there is the application of GIS and mapping to help the NYPD investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make more informed decisions in their policies and strategies. The presentation will cover a brief historic overview of mapping efforts at the NYPD, past and current activities as well as future initiatives. Topics will include GIS software, open data and web/mobile mapping.

In keeping with the GISMO tradition, established by GISMO founder Jack Eichenbaum, at the beginning of the meeting all attendees will be given an opportunity to briefly introduce themselves. This meeting will also give members a chance to meet GISMO officers and members of the Board of Directors. GISMO President Alan Leidner will briefly review elements of GISMO’s work plan for the coming year.

We are looking forward to seeing you all. Please RSVP by email “YES” to so we can get an accurate count of attendees.

This event will be “For Members Only.” If you are not a member and wish to join GISMO to attend this and future events please follow the instructions below:

For GIS students and employees who are not now GISMO members
If you are a student, GISMO membership is free and also entitles you to membership in the NYS GIS Association. Just visit the GISMO website at and register. Spread the word to your fellow students.

If you are employed in a GIS related field, GISMO membership is $20 annually which also entitles you to membership in the NYS GIS Association. However, this is not the time to go on-line to pay your dues! By joining now your membership will terminate on June 30th, 2016 after only five months. If you wish to attend the February 10th event and agree to formally join GISMO at a more advantageous time (when you will be entitled to at least one full year of membership – probably in March) all we ask is that you provide your contact information and sign a GISMO commitment form promising to join when notified. We trust you to keep your word.

NYS GIS Association Committees Meeting

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

NYS GIS Association Emerging GIS Grant Meeting

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

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

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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