Boston, USA, October 03, 2007: The New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC) have hired Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo) to support the development of a statewide GIS strategic plan. The project, funded through a FGDC Cooperative Agreements Program Grant, will focus on strategies for how the state can best engage the geospatial community of New York in cooperative strategies to maintain and share National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) framework data.
In coordination with the CSCIC, the NYS GIS Coordinating Body and the NYS GIS Association, AppGeo will conduct meetings around the state to gather input from stakeholders representing all levels of government and the GIS community. From these meetings, AppGeo will assess prevailing incentives, institutional structures, and relationships affecting framework data. The final report will articulate a consensus vision for broad geospatial data sharing within New York and will make specific recommendations for what is required to realize that vision.
New York is one of ten states that have engaged AppGeo to assist with their statewide strategic planning exercises. AppGeo’s state clients include Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah and Wyoming. In 2006, AppGeo developed GIS Strategic and Business Plan templates and a state scorecard under contract to the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) in support of the FGDC’s (Federal Geographic Data Committee) Fifty States Initiative.
“New York has a mature GIS coordination program in place and this project will build on that base,” said Michael Terner, Executive Vice President of AppGeo. “We will assist New York in soliciting input from stakeholders and in identifying strategies that will foster data sharing to the benefit of both the state and local governments.”