NYS ITS GIS Program Office

Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse



Coordination Program

Welcome from the GIOBill Johnson

Greetings from the State Geographic Information Officer!  As GIO, my role is to coordinate GIS activities of state agencies in the executive branch of NY state government.  This involves combining separate GIS capabilities scattered among the agencies into something more seamless, useful, and widely available, with the broad goal of making our agencies more efficient and effective in delivering their missions.  That's a tall order on its own, but what makes it especially challenging is that what the state does with GIS affects others well beyond the executive branch state agencies. 

The GIS data produced and maintained to support state agencies is widely useful to citizens, non-profit organizations, schools, local governments, federal agencies, and the private sector.  Furthermore, much of the data needed by the state is created and maintained by these other sectors.  Increasingly, the state's GIS capabilities include functionality in map viewers, web and mobile applications, and services that can be incorporated into business applications.  These GIS capabilities are increasingly embedded in the "touch points" between agencies and the constituents they serve.  In short, what the state does with GIS matters to a large stakeholder community outside of state agencies. 

The way I try to make sense of all of this is to work with several groups involved with different elements of the full agenda.  I have no staff reporting directly to me, so everything is done on a coordination basis.  I seek input from the stakeholders, we debate the issues, develop a consensus, prepare plans, and only then do I bring forward recommendations that can be implemented.  Internally at the Office of Information Technology Services, I work with a GIS Team consisting of the lead GIS people in the nine business clusters that support the technology needs of nearly fifty state agencies.  For external input, I rely on the Geospatial Advisory Council and their broad reach across the full stakeholder community.  And for the implementation of any of our GIS programs, the GIS Program Office in ITS is the home "shop" for many of the programs you probably already use, such as the GIS Clearinghouse and a range of statewide GIS data projects. 

Ultimately, it's all about informing the state's decision and policy makers so that we can administer the state's GIS programs and resources wisely.  I encourage you to explore this website and learn about the many groups, projects, and activities that have resulted from these coordination efforts over the years.

Bill
Geographic Information Officer

Office of Information Technology Services
State Capitol – ESP, PO Box 2062, Albany, NY 12220
518.549.8575 | 518.859.5576 m | william.johnson@its.ny.gov

 

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