GISMO Meeting Minutes 2/8/01
- GISMO Meeting Minutes: February 8th, 2001
Gary Ostroff presided
Anne Marie Flatley took Meeting Notes
Jack Eichenbaum was the GISMO Greeter and transcribed New Member information
1. Next meeting set for April 10th, 2001. Mr. Mario Merlino of the NYC Dept.
of Health will present on his office's use of GIS.
2. New Contact lists were distributed Please correct errors on sign-in list.
Especially e-mail addresses!
Virtual GISMO and listserv are administered by Noreen Whysel <
nwhysel@...> New members get a FAQ list.
· Yahoo purchased previous group listserv, which apparently does not work as
well on AOL or within some city agencies. Some users may want to try to get
rid of the attachments and choose plain text, to improve use of the listserv.
· Membership for the sole purpose of posting commercial messages is
1. NYC OASIS 11/20/00 and 12/4/00. Draft website at <http://www.oasisnyc.net>
2. NY/NJ I-Team in White Plains 11/28
3. NYC Technology Forum at Brooklyn Marriott 10/17-18
4. National Forum on Advanced GIS Applications, Brooklyn 10/26-27
5. Student Mapping Project
· OASIS - Open Space Access Information System - goal is to map parks,
community gardens and vacant land. Currently includes photo quads, COGIS and
RPAD data. End of February is the launch. There may be the potential to add
Army Corps of Engineers data.
· NY/NJ I-Team in White Plains 11/28 - next meeting scheduled for 2/28/2001
(1-4PM at 290 Broadway, Room 27D (Federal Building) between Duane and Reade
Streets). This is an effort to bring all government GIS in New York and New
Jersey together to share and build regional data sets. Plangraphics is
working on four main areas - Public Safety, Environmental, Health, and
Transportation - to bring actors together in order to save money and
coordinate efforts. NJ Mapping Advisory Committee - have metadata down to the
community level for all of New Jersey. (Connecticut can also be included.)
· Student Mapping Project - update from Al Leidner - there was a meeting at
Oracle, Thursday February 8th with the Knowledge Project, Al, Oracle, Board
of Education representatives and teachers. Discussed proposal to about 20
teachers showing them how GIS can be used in the classroom for all sorts of
subjects such as math, geography, etc. Discussed some of the obstacles to
training teachers such as finding the time and training facilities. (For more
information contact Meg Hunnewell <Mhunnewell@...>)
The Data Connection XI: Bringing Together Producers and Users of Data
Thursday, March 8, 2001 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
CUNY Graduate School & University Center
365 Fifth Avenue & 34th Street, New York, NY 10016
The MapInfo New York Office is sponsoring a series of free seminars and user
groups related to their products. For more information call 212-244-0280
· The Data Connection - ESRI will demonstrate the new ArcGIS desktop system
at the "Software Development" Session at 10:45 AM.
· MapInfo - starting up NYC user groups in utilities, public safety, etc. -
· U.S. Census - revised schedule will be posted on listserv
· ESRI - sponsoring new ArcGIS product seminar March 8th at the Marriott East
Side (free lunch), register on-line at www.esri.com
1. New developments in the NYC Base Map (NYCMap) cf. New Yorker article Nov.
6, 2000, p. 54. News on licensing and availability?
2. Other GISMO issues to push with the Steering Committee or DOITT?
· Al Leidner - NYC Base Map - completed with Plangraphics. Will re-fly
Manhattan, Staten Island, and parts of Brooklyn and Queens to refresh maps,
compile more data on parks, and generate true orthos for Manhattan and
buildings above six stories.
· April - Department of City Planning will release conflated COGIS and LION
files. NYCMAP CDs will be reissued to include LION and COGIS and will also
include a price increase.
· DEP - has issued 2 RFPs for sewer and alignment
· DOITT - Every map in development to be released - 15 base map layers with
ortho accessible through a browser.
- Brownfield locations - try Mayor's Office of Environmental Coordination
- Wetlands in Staten Island - try NYS DEC
- Commercial partner to make LION a true routing file - looking at Navtech,
ETAK, and GDT, possibly by end of summer
- Rodent Map
- Pratt Institute - study of manufacturing on residential areas - Pratt
should call Al for the base map
· Issues to Push
- Pierhead and Bulkhead lines based on actual surveys by Army Corps of
Engineers - need to be digitized/scanned to local coordinates and then added
to LION file or Base Map
- Base Map needs to be a "real" public utility and made more open
- Add more layers such as train tunnels - issues of security
GISMO: Meet New Members:
Margaret Smith teaches in the Law and Police Science Department at John Jay
College (CUNY) and was the speaker at the 2/08/01 meeting (see below). Among
other interests, she has developed GIS applications in criminal justice.
Michael Blum is a colleague of June Link, working at MapText Inc. out of
Plainsboro, NJ. 606-716-7552 michael.baum@...
Beverly Willis is President and Director of the Architecture Research
Institute. She is looking at ways to use GIS in architectural research and
city planning issues. 212-725-7200 bevwillis@...
Tatiana Bravo has worked with GIS in Quito, Ecuador and is looking for work
or internships in the New York City area. 718-548-4462 tatcbg@...
Ivan B. Schonfeld is with the Transportation and Land Use Unit of the Staten
Island Borough President's Office.
Theresa A. Saguros is with the Parsons Transportation Group and is largely
concerned with map management and maintenance with respect to planning and
construction. 212-266-8576 Theresa.Saguros@...
GISMO members with New Jobs:
David Bowen is now part of the PlanGraphics team out of Silver Spring Md,
helping to develop the NYC GIS base map. 717-687-3844 dbowen@...
C. Peter Goslett has moved to the Queens Borough Commissioner's Office of the
NYC Dept.of Transportation in Long Island City. 718-391-2719
New GISMO member-by-mail
Gillian Woolmer is the GIS analyst for the Wildlife Conservation Society
based at the Bronx Zoo. With a background in Geology and GIS, she hopes to
develop a closer relationship with the GIS community in the city through
GISMO. 718-220-5156 gwoolmer@...
Program: Slideshow and discussion led by Ms. Margaret Leland Smith
of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).
· John Jay College of Criminal Justice - 10,000 students, require courses in
computer technology which includes GIS - primarily ArcView and Spatial
Analyst (CUNY site license)
· Sex Offender Tracking - New York City contracted with John Jay to do a
needs assessment to set up a tracking system for 3,000 registered sex
offenders of varying levels with GIS as the essential tool. An interagency
task force will manage program. Some of the issues include: privacy, agency
coordination, and planning for supervision and treatment. Proximity analysis
is performed using GIS to determine where offenders are in order to try to
· Recent Research Results:
- Carnegie Mellon - there may be no evidence or connection to soft crime as a
leading indicator of crime
- University of Texas - Austin, TX - control of disorder may not be related
to major crimes
- Issues with these results - time or length of study, and public order
offending is difficult to find active element
· Over the past ten years, police departments have started using GIS with the
support of the National Institute of Justice.