The next iteration of New York Department of State’s Geographic Information Gateway (Gateway 3.0) was launched last Friday afternoon and announced on the Department’s Facebook page on Saturday in celebration of Earth Day. 

A big part of this upgrade was migrating from a server-based ArcGIS Enterprise (formerly ArcGIS Server) hosted on the Amazon Cloud to ArcGIS Hub hosted on the Esri cloud ArcGIS OnLine (AGOL), so, many of the features and pages will sound familiar in topic and scope. We have expanded the data holdings and now have more than 800 layers of information available for informing your work, including a large new batch from NYSERDA on sea floor cable corridor identification. The Gateway now allows you to access in web feature services that allow the end user more control over how layers are displayed. The Gateway is now on a secured https, which should resolve some of the issues experienced with the old Gateway.

Below are some of the items that have changed:

Home Page – You will see that a search of the data catalog is right up front. The Coastal Atlas is now prominently displayed in multiple locations (navigation bar, a “card” below the Welcome, as well as other places).

About Page – updated DOS Office of Planning, Development and Community Infrastructure (OPDCI) and NOAA OCM description, OPDCI program descriptions and contacts, and a library of all OPDCI program resources.

Map Viewer – this will look significantly different from the old Gateway viewer and, as most of you are familiar with other Esri-based mappers, will look more similar to those. There is a “splash page” with viewer tool use tips (once you’re familiar with the viewer tools you can check a box to not see this splash page again). There are more base maps available, the datasets now have thumbnail maps of what the dataset looks like, there is a draw tool and a measure tool. There will be a lot of changes to this Map Viewer with the next upgrade; the focus will be on making the Map Viewer more user friendly for the general public.

Story Maps – scrolling down the home page you will see “cards” for 4 of 6 stories developed for the old Gateway featured here…all 6 stories have been revisited, updated and formatted to the new platform style. Check them out!

Explore Data (on the navigation bar) – again provides a search box, “cards” to both the Gateway Map Viewer and the Coastal Atlas, a way to parse data by categories and by program.

Dive In (on the navigation bar) – This is where the focus panels and the focus pages of the old Gateway went, and all 6 stories are available here.

Program Resources (on the navigation bar) – This is a new Gateway Partners/Resources page listing out Gateway partners and providing a bridge to those organization’s pages. Below the Gateway partners is a OPDCI program resources library.

There are a lot of other changes and improvements that will increase functionality and expand the Gateway (, including a mapping application separate from the Gateway Map Viewer that will allow users even more control and data creation and analysis functionality, a Community page which has a place holder “card” on the homepage called “Engage” and will have a link on the navigation bar, this will act like a Gateway Community of Practice; and many more exciting applications coming!

Those of you who may have maps and applications that are ingesting services from the old Gateway, rest assured that this undertaking is a gentle transition and the old Gateway is still providing map services for the time being. When you visit the old Gateway site you will see a splash page explaining our transition, but if you do have datasets you’re using from the Gateway we encourage to start transitioning those over to ingesting from the new site.

Jump in and kick around, let us know what you like, what you don’t like what is missing. Leave us Feedback at 

Again, thank you to all have participated and provided us feed back over the years, we hope you like and find this tool useful and usable on a daily basis. Last but certainly not least thanks and recognition go to the Gateway Team for all the hard work they have put in over the past year:

  • Barb Patterson – Stone Environmental
  • Nick Floersch – Stone Environmental
  • Paige Gebhardt – Stone Environmental
  • Mary Haley – Stone Environmental
  • Rebecca Newell – OPDCI
  • Peter Lauridsen – OPDCI
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