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NYS ITS GIS Program Office

Geographic Information Systems Clearinghouse

About Us

Welcome to the New York State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse, operated by the NYS ITS GIS Program Office, was established to disseminate information about New York's Statewide GIS Coordination Program and to provide access to the New York State GIS Data and Metadata Repository.

Originally developed as part of the Center for Technology in Government's GIS Cooperative Project, the Metadata Repository was created to provide one central location where State agencies and local governments can list the GIS data sets that they have. GIS users can browse the list, or search for specific keywords, to find out what data is available, who holds it, and how it can be obtained. In some cases, users will be able to go one step further, and download the actual data set.

In addition to these primary functions, the Clearinghouse provides information on and links to GIS education and training opportunities; other state and Federal GIS resources, including downloadable data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the USGS; GIS user groups throughout New York; and GIS-related listservs. We also hope to provide a forum for New York State GIS users to showcase their projects and share their ideas and innovations with others.

We encourage your contributions, participation, and feedback in making the New York State GIS Clearinghouse a dynamic and robust resource. If you have projects you would like to showcase or other GIS-related information that might be useful to GIS users, please use our electronic forms or contact us page to send us the information. Let us know what resources you would like to see on the site and how we can make the site more useful to you -- we'll look forward to hearing from you.