Happy Fall! And a Happy Two Year Release Date to the Gateway!

URISA Selects Gateway to Receive Distinguished System Award

We are excited to share the news here at the New York Department of State’s Office of Planning and Development that the award-winning Gateway has received yet another honor, a 2017 Distinguished System Award from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), an International association of information professionals. The award recognizes outstanding and working examples of the information system technology and after two review stages the Gateway was selected as one of six Exemplary Systems in Government Awardees. For more information about URISA’s 2017 Exemplary Systems in Government Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit here.

Results of our Social Media Survey

Last month we introduced you to a new effort to capture recreational use data through crowdsourcing. The Gateway Team developed and opened a simple short survey (using Survey 123) that helped inform us in our development of social media/crowdsource data collection applications. We had great participation on the survey and definitely got some directions!

We learned that folks are really active on social media, with most respondents posting daily and predominately on facebook and Instagram. Many folks post publicly (good for us!) and like to share positive experiences (also good for us in teasing out “mood” for recreation places). Almost all respondents (all but 10) share photos to social media and tag locations using the social media app they’re in. Nearly 2/3rds of respondents are either moderately, very or completely likely to contribute using our app…and there’s a very definitive time cut-off that folks are willing to spend using the app…we promise not make the survey any longer than 5 minutes to complete! Look for a big announcement related to this work soon!

And we are very happy to have an abstract about our recreational use crowdsource application development accepted by the NYS GIS Association for a concurrent session at their upcoming GeoCon Conference in Lake Placid, NY (October 17th – 19th). There’s still time to register, come see us talk further about the work and see a demo of our apps!

East and West

We have added another 16 datasets from the Lake Erie-Niagara River Watershed in partnership with Erie County Environment & Planning. These are state-wide and in some instances region –wide datasets that Erie County used in developing their Atlas. You can find the information by simply searching on “Lake Erie”. And to the East, an additional 12 datasets originating from The Nature Conservancy’s Long Island Ecoregional Assessment (LISEA) are now available through the Gateway bringing the total of Long Island Sound related datasets to 153! Just search on “Long Island Sound”.

A Nod from the Northeast

Last month the Northeast Ocean Data Portal (NE-ODP) released a case study on how the Gateway pulls data from the NE-ODP, highlights an excellent collaborative relationship between data portals! Check out the NE-ODP to see the case study.

Reaching Out

Over the past month we have participated in two outreach events. There was an Ocean Data Portal Workshop hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society at the their office at the Bronx Zoo (what a fabulous location!) on 14th September. About 30 folks interested in ocean issues came for a day of demos, future directions and use of three ocean data portals, the Northeast Ocean Data Portal, the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal and the Gateway. And just this past Monday , October 2nd we participated in a Local Government Training Session for Seneca and Wayne Counties organized and run by our sister Division here at DOS, Division of Local Government Services. There was a good crowd of 40 – 50 local government planners attending the demo and working session. If you’re interested in setting up a demo/workshop for your organization, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, demos can be done in person or via webinar/conference call.

Two Years and The Numbers

On September 29th the Gateway hit its second “Birthday”! As of that date the Gateway continued a strong trend of growth in all metrics. Visitorship to the Gateway exceeded 1100 for the 7th month in a row bringing the long-term average monthly visit solidly above 1000/month. Visitors leaving after one action (“bounce rate” in website metrics jargon) for July dropped into single digit %s at just 9% meaning that over 90% of folks visiting the Gateway were not there by accident. Total monthly pageviews since launch is over 125,000 and there have been over 300,000 actions taken since that time. October is starting out very strong and at the current pace could be another record-breaking month for number of visitors…stay tuned.

Social Media

The facebook and Twitter icons at the bottom of Gateway pages link directly to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/informationgateway/ and twitter account https://twitter.com/NYGateway You can stay up to date on facebook and/or by following our twitter feed. Please like us and share us on fb and retweet!


The Gateway does have an About page so if you’re new to this emails or need a refresher please follow this About link. You can also learn about the Office of Planning and Development (OPD) on the same About page.


As always, please don’t hesitate to provide feedback on your visit to the Gateway so that we may continue to improve on its usefulness and your experience.

Gateway Team

Division of Community Resilience and Regional Programs

Office of Planning & Development

New York Department of State

1 Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12231 – 0001

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