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2012 New York State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference

NYSGIS 2012 Crowdsourcing Challenge

As Jeff Howe explained in his Keynote address at the 2012 NYSGIS Conference, crowdsourcing has become an enormous and powerful force for change, action, and development in the world. Just as it works for innumberable other fields, crowdsourcing is rapidly becoming a supercharged engine for GIS - whether it's using the crowd to map locations of invasive species, or to show traffic congestion on the highways. Take the challenge!

Tuesday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Oncenter Complex
Syracuse, NY

Jeff HoweThe NYS GIS conference has a long standing tradition of providing attendees with an opportunity to meet fellow New Yorkers active in the GIS field, exchange information and real experience, and seek solutions to your geographic data management needs. To continue our longstanding shared commitment to excellence in service to the New York State Geospatial Technology community of leaders, practitioners, educators and students, we have moved the 2011 NYS GIS Conference to Spring 2012.

We are excited to announce that Jeff Howe, who coined the term "crowdsourcing," will be our keynote speaker for the 2012 conference! Jeff is the author of Crowdsourcing, a professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wire Magazine, where he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in June 2006. For more information on Jeff, visit the Speakers page.

2012 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

MRB Group

MRB Group

MRB Group

Bronze Sponsors

MRB Group


Willow tree




Best buy


What's new at the 2012 NYS GIS Conference?

App Garden

This year there will be a brand new feature called the “App Garden”. This is the modern, natural evolution of the poster session. You don’t just read about it, you play with it! Visit this exciting exhibit of applications on web-based and mobile platforms. Apps have been blossoming all over. At the same time, devices and computers are becoming ever more powerful and mobile. It’s a perfect storm of location based growth… so we put it in a garden! Sample the fruits of app goodness and see what terrific applications are taking root.

  • 3D Building Capabilities - The Sanborn Map Company
  • Central Adirondack Hiking, Biking, and Paddling for iPhone (custom app) - Linda Rockwood
  • Discover Herkimer County for iPhone and Android (custom apps) - Linda Rockwood
  • Election Districts with Polling Places - Svetla Borovska
  • Environmental Health MapApp for Tompkins County Health Department - Svetla Borovska
  • Geocortex Essentials Mobile Application - Latitude Geographics Groups Ltd.
  • GeoExpress 8.5 - LizardTech
  • Geospatial Solutions - Intergraph
  • Imagery Collection - The Sanborn Map Company
  • HTML App to Collect Pavement Distress Data in the Field for iPad or Android - Transmap Corporation
  • LiDAR (Mobile/Aerial) - The Sanborn Map Company
  • LiDAR Compressor - LizardTech
  • MapGeo - Applied Geographics, Inc.
  • Municity GIS Data Viewer for Android - Software Consulting Associates
  • Municity GIS Web-based Data Viewer - Software Consulting Associates
  • NY Recreation Interactive Webmap (Manifold IMS) - Linda Rockwood
  • NY Snowmobile Trails Interactive Webpage (OpenSource) - Linda Rockwood
  • Snowmobile Trails for iPhone and Android (custom app) - Linda Rockwood
  • Vermont Energy Atlas and/or FastGIS - Fountains Spatial, Inc.

Technology Petting Zoo

So many new devices, so little time. Come spend some quality time with the latest and greatest new technology gadgets, and yes, we will be taking them out of their cages so that you can play with them.  The “Technology Petting Zoo” is your opportunity to get your hands dirty, try some things out, before you make your next big purchase. Talk to companies about their latest and greatest toys.  This special section of the Exhibitor Hall will feature many of the latest gizmos that will make you want to take one home with you. You won’t be able to resist… don’t miss this one!

  • 3D GIS - Bergmann Associates
  • Capturx Digital Pen Solutions - GIS Services
  • GPS Hardware/Software - Waypoint Technology Group
  • Mobile Attribute Collection - The Sanborn Map Company
  • Rico GIS/GPS Cameras - GIS Services

Thank you to our 2012 sponsors and exhibitors!

Platinum Sponsor
- The Sanborn Map Company

Silver Sponsors
- Esri
- Intergraph
- Waypoint Technology Group

Bronze Sponsors
- Best Buy
- Bowne Management Systems
- Latitude Geographics Group Ltd.
- MRB Group Engineering, Architecture & Surveying, P.C.
- O'Brien & Gere
- Photo Science
- WillowTree Apps

- ADMAR Supply
- Applied Geographics, Inc.
- Applied Imagery
- Axis Geospatial, LLC
- Bergmann Associates
- Buffalo Computer Graphics
- Carlson Software
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Fountains Spatial, Inc.
- GIS Services
- Keystone Precision Instruments
- NYS GIS Association
- Software Consulting Associates
- TerraGo Technologies
- Transmap Corporation

Take a look at Bill Johnson's State of the State Address from 2010!

Also, CLICK HERE to view the winning presentation of GIS Ablaze from 2010!