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.

Presentation Slides

November 16, 2021 Virtual Presentation – Census Essentials – Understanding ACS & Decennial Data.

On November 16th at noon, we will be having a virtual keynote presentation by David J. Kraiker, U.S. Census Bureau titled Census Essentials – Understanding ACS & Decennial Data..

Recording of the presentation

David Kraiker has worked at the Census Bureau for 24 years—first as a Geographer in the New York office, and more recently as a Data Dissemination Specialist. Previously he worked as a cartographer for private mapping companies as well as being a French instructor. David holds a BA from Clark University and a MSc from Rutgers-Newark. He lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife and children, and actively volunteers his time on the environmental commission and shade tree committee within his municipality.

Here Comes the Sun: Solar Development in Our Region & an Overview on Scenic Hudson’s Solar Mapping Tool

Please join us for our Summer Program. Alex Wolf from Scenic Hudson and Heather Ferrero from Livingston County will present on their work with Solar Development

When: Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 12 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Where: Online

Cost: Free



Through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection
Act, New York State has set a mandated goal of a zero-emissions electricity
sector by 2040, including 70% renewable energy generation by 2030. In
this virtual session, Heather Ferrero of Livingston County will be giving a
short overview of solar development’s geographic spread in our region –
special focus on Livingston County. In addition, Alex Wolf of Scenic
Hudson will be demonstrating the new Solar Mapping Tool developed for the
Hudson River Valley region (and usable in our region,

Alex Wolf, Conservation Scientist at Scenic Hudson, conducts research and
analyses pertaining to Hudson Valley natural resources, with a focus on
climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience, as well as the
ecology and conservation of local flora and fauna. Prior to joining Scenic
Hudson, he was a researcher at several institutions including the Cary
Institute for Ecosystem Studies and the Missouri Department of
Conservation. Alex has co-authored more than 10 scientific publications. He
earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology
and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology.

Heather Ferrero, Deputy Planning Director for Livingston County, has been
involved with local land use and GIS in Livingston County for 23 years. An
avid mapping enthusiast, she earned Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees
in Geography. When not at work, she tends to her family’s treehouse
village – including a car and a plane in the trees – in their backyard.