The Future of GIS in NYC
Monday, April 23, 2018
3:00 - 6:00 PM @ Roosevelt House

The doors to Roosevelt House open at 2:30 PM. The Forum will begin at 3:00 PM with greetings from Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College (invited) who will then introduce Hunter College Geography Professor Sean Ahearn.

Professor Ahearn has played a critical role in NYC GIS development starting in the mid-1990’s. Sean made major contributions to City basemap development, the GIS response to 9/11, and to infrastructure mapping initiatives. Sean will review the history of GIS in NYC and discuss the uniqueness and power of GIS enabled systems.

Following Sean, Alan Leidner, current President of NYC GISMO, and former Citywide GIS Director, will discuss the recommendations made in the Principles and Policies document which he compiled with the assistance of a number of GISMO members. In preparation for attending the Forum you are strongly encouraged to read the document at:  Alan will make the case for a more collaborative GIS community, the need for robust City government leadership, and for making NYC an international center for GIS research, development, and jobs.

Following these formal presentations, a distinguished panel of GIS experts will add their comments.

  • George Percivall, Chief Technology Officer, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
  • Gregory Yetman, Associate Director, CIESIN, Columbia University
  • John Konarski, Executive Director, American Geographical Society (AGS)
  • Amen Ra Mashariki, Director, Urban Analytics, ESRI
  • Jeff Ferzoco, Public Sector Technical Advisor, Carto
  • Tim Keane, GIS Manager, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Following comments from the panelists, attendees will be able to express opinions and ask questions, limited to 2 minutes each. Longer statements can be submitted for publication on the GISMO website.

Light refreshments to follow.

GISMO would like to thank Hunter College, Professor Sean Ahearn and GISMO Board Member Amy Jeu for making this event possible.

Location Details:
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Registration Required
Seating is limited


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