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NYS ITS GIS Program Office

Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse

Coordination Program

Frank WintersWelcome from the New York State GIO

New York State has a long and proud history of GIS coordination and collaboration. I am personally grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this coordination throughout my career. Further, I am pleased to commit to serving this community in my role as State Geographic Information Officer (GIO). I look forward to continued growth in the reach and effectiveness of spatial data and technologies to benefit all of New York. GIS, by its nature, works best in a collaborative environment. This web site is intended to foster collaboration, data sharing, and help connect the State's GIS community. Recognizing that important data originates at all levels of government, as well as the private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors, is intended to serve all GIS stakeholders.

The Geospatial Advisory Council serves a critical role as part of the collaborative GIS environment in New York State. The Council, on which I serve as Executive Director, is made up of GIS professionals who represent all sectors of GIS users in the State. The Council meets quarterly with a mission to:

  • Advise the State on effective use of geospatial technology resulting in tangible benefits to NYS.

I encourage you to reach out to any of the members of the Council to voice your needs and opinions on geospatial matters.

As GIO I am motivated to help each participant in the State's GIS Community to play the right role. It is my vision that we can all rely on data maintained by others, and focus on the pieces for which we are responsible. The NYS Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) GIS Program Office (GPO) hosts framework data programs providing the most commonly used GIS base layers. The GPO has also begun an initiative called ShareGIS, which will provide a GIS web services platform, hosting data from all levels of government. I firmly believe that a comprehensive collection of openly available GIS web services will not only improve the effectiveness and efficiency of GIS users in the state, but will also have a positive impact on all aspects of the state's economy, natural resources, health and safety.

I invite your participation and welcome your comments.


Frank Winters


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