GISMO President, Alan Leidner, Reminds Members to Renew

July 1 marked the beginning of a new membership year (2021 – 2022) for GISMO. Never has it been more important for GISMO to be positioned to express its ideas and to influence policy, and that depends on both our numbers and our activism. GISMO is an affiliate member of the NYS GIS Association and when you join GISMO, you automatically become a member of the NYS GIS Association, as well. If you haven’t done so already, I urge you to rejoin (or join) GISMO for free if you are a student, $20 for regular membership, and $10 for retired membership. Just follow this link to the GISMO website and follow instructions (http://www.gismonyc.org/join-gismo-nysgisa/).

Looking back at the past year we have much to be proud of. GISMO has found new ways to engage digitally with members during the pandemic through our monthly On-Pointes presen-chat-ations on timely topics like #StopAsianHate, 2020 Census, and student showcase. Follow this link to a recording of the presentations (http://www.gismonyc.org/events/past-events/).

GISMO’s voice is being heard locally, across NYS, nationally, and internationally. Most importantly, we have helped to initiate and lead an effort to have GIS play a bigger role in the response to COVID-19 by advocating for the use of “precision spatial information” based on the geocoding of addresses. Follow this link to the webinar we helped organize in August 2020:  https://youtu.be/txhpKK6EqsM.

Additionally, we continue to push for legislation to require NYC to appoint a citywide GIO, a GIS steering committee of agency GIO’s, and to develop a GIS strategic plan. These recommendations are now being considered by the City Council where we have significant support.

GISMO is also supporting the efforts of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and New York University to develop an underground infrastructure data model and to demonstrate how the data from the City’s utilities can be securely brought together, to support excavation, construction, and the response to emergency and disaster events. Furthermore, a GISMO team led by Board Members Jiin Wen and Amy Jeu, and by Theo Goetemann (Theo gave a presentation to GISMO on voice to digital conversion – https://youtu.be/s_W69jF3ddA) was awarded thousands of dollars by OGC to prototype an A.I. application to bring together and analyze information from the public and from first responders during a disaster event.

And, don’t forget GISMO is organizing the 9/11 Remembrance Webinar to review how the City’s GIS practitioners supported the response to the attack on the World Trade Center. The webinar will take place on September 22nd between 4 pm and 6 pm as part of the NYS GIS Association’s Fall Virtual Event and Annual Meeting. If you have not received an invitation to the webinar, you can register for it here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zgaNv_-OSPiuxSOnWUhAaQ and for the entire NYS GIS Association Event here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nysgisa-fall-event-and-annual-meeting-registration-166168926733

So, this is a time to stay a member of GISMO. One of our intentions in the coming year is to find ways to get our members more engaged in our policy and research initiatives. Spatial information and technology is both increasingly needed to solve our problems, and growing in power and effectiveness. We need everyone whose career is linked to GIS to join GISMO and work with us to move forward.

Finally, GISMO will be holding elections in the Fall. You need to be a member to run for office (President and 8 Board Positions) and to vote.

Looking forward to your renewed membership.

Best, Alan

Alan Leidner, President
NYC GISMO
leidnera@nyc.rr.com

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