How Climate Change is Impacting Wine Production and Wine Culture in the Region Around Würzburg, Germany (Rochester’s Sister City)

The Finger Lakes Region GIS/SIG invites you to our annual summer program and BBQ lunch on July 9 (12-1:30) at the Susan R. Holliday Center, Room 12-4050, in the Saunders College of Business, RIT (Parking is in the S Lot in non-reserved spots). 

When: Tuesday, July 9th, 2024, 12 PM to 1:30 PM

Where: Rochester Institute of Technology College of Business Events Space – Susan R. Holliday Center, Room 12-4050 – 105 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623 – Parking is in the S-Lot in the non-reserved spots (there are lots in the summer), and there is no need for a visitor permit. – What3Words Location

Cost: $10 (Pay at the door) with food provided by Sticky Lips BBQ (vegetarian options will be available).

Registration: Click Here

Professors Karl Korfmacher and Lorraine Hems, Rochester Institute of Technology, will be discussing how climate change is impacting wine production and wine culture in the region around Würzburg, Germany (Rochester’s Sister City), what steps the Germans are taking to address these issues, and how these actions may inform resiliency efforts in the Finger Lakes wine region.

Following the presentation, Professor Hems will be conducting a wine tasting for those interested in sampling a typical Frankonian wine (2022 Silvaner from the Winegut Hans Wirsching –  Participation in the wine tasting is entirely at the discretion of the participant.

Student 2024 GIS/SIG Conference Opportunities

How would you like to go to the GIS/SIG Conference for free? If you submit to present during the Student Lightning Talks and are selected you will be given free registration. Lightning Talks are quick format (5-minute and 3-slide) presentations where you can show your work.

To Submit Your Abstract Click Here

Any student who brings a map to the map gallery has the opportunity to win $150. If you want to share a digital mapping application like a storymap, bring a printed flyer for your application with a QR code. (Conference Registration Required)

For more conference information please visit the conference pages.


Please join us for our Fall Program at the Henrietta Town Library. Justin Cole, GISP from the University of Wisconsin GIS Professional Programs will be presenting a workshop on how to utilize Census Data in GIS.

When: Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Henrietta Town Library Community Room 625 Calkins Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

Cost: $5 (Pay at the door)



Justin D. Cole, GISP – University of Wisconsin Madison GIS Professional Programs

Census data is a great resource for any GIS project, but it can be very overwhelming, and using it can be tricky at times. The data are in many forms on the website but I have found that using the TIGER/Line with Selected Demographic and Economic Data is by far the easiest method of getting a lot out of it. This data comes in a prepackaged Geodatabase with the spatial data, a metadata table, and then many other tables with numerous attributes. Using this geodatabase is easy, but finding your story can be a little hard. In this workshop, we will go through these steps from loading the data to creating custom fields, and then prepping the data for publishing on ArcGIS Online.  While most of the presentation will be ArcGIS Pro driven, I will also be showing parts that can be done using QGIS.  So bring your laptop and follow along and I hope that this presentation gives you the confidence to utilize the Census data.  

If you want to follow along, please download the census tracts geodatabase from before the meeting.  If you cannot attend or would like the walkthroughs and presentation, you can go to

NYS GIS Clearinghouse Update

Please join us for our June Program at Monroe County Emergency Operations Center. Sean O’Connell the NYS GIS Clearinghouse Coordinator, will discuss the recent redesign of the NYS GIS Clearinghouse.

When: Tuesday, June 13th, 2023, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Monroe County Emergency Operations Center – 1190 Scottsville Rd, Rochester, NY 14624

Cost: $5 (Pay at the door)

NYS GIS Clearinghouse Update

Sean O’Connell
Information Technology Specialist 3 with NYS ITS
NYS GIS Clearinghouse Coordinator

The NYS GIS Clearinghouse has had a redesign which launched in late March. The old site was on an old and outdated system which was limited for changes. Customers and contributors have a new system and site to use which has better connected the data with live web services, and a better search catalog. Contributors now have to worry less about sending flat file updates on a regular basis. End users are better equipped to not only download the data, but also to view/explore it, find it as a web service, view associated metadata, and search for what they are looking for. This presentation will go over these changes and demo how the site can be used.

Photo of the in person Summer Program

Rescheduled Program: OpenDroneMap: sUAS Photogrammetry and Beyond

Please join us for our Summer Program. Brett Carlock from UAV4Geo and Corey Snipes from Twomile Heavy Industries will present on sUAS Photogrammetry and how you can use it.

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Abstract: Brett Carlock (UAV4Geo) and Corey Snipes (Twomile Heavy Industries) discuss the OpenDroneMap ecosystem and Community, sUAS-based Photogrammetry workflows, and best practices, demo functionality and features of WebODM, and reveal exciting new functionality and a look into the future of the OpenDroneMap ecosystem.

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