NYS ITS GIS Program Office
Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse
Welcome to the GIS Coordination program, the role of the program 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.
GIS support and coordination within executive branch State agencies is largely the responsibility of the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). For all IT support including GIS, ITS has grouped agencies into clusters. The GIS leads for each of the ITS clusters meets every other week to facilitate GIS coordination. For input and guidance outside State from all sectors, the Coordination program relies on the Geospatial Advisory Council and their broad reach across the full stakeholder community. And for the implementation of many 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.
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.