NYC GeoSymposium: 2001-2011-2021

November 16, 2011

The NYC GeoSymposium: 2001-2011-2021 will mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, by examining the response of the NYC GIS community as follows:

  • how geospatial resources were mobilized in the first weeks after the event, with emphasis on the groundbreaking work that contributed to effective response and recovery efforts;
  • which geospatial procedures, data, and technologies the City has pursued to ensure more effective emergency response during the past ten years based on lessons learned from September 11th - in the context of NYC's comprehensive adoption of geospatial tools and techniques for supporting business functions across City agencies; and
  • what unmet needs the NYC GIS community identifies for improved emergency planning and response as well as future challenges posed by emerging social media as well as enterprise-wide deployment of software and hardware advances that underpin geospatial application development.




Wednesday, November 16

8:00 am Registration and Morning Refreshments
Grand Ballroom Lobby and Promenade

9:00 am Opening Remarks
Grand Ballroom

Joseph F. Bruno, Commissioner, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Carole Post, Commissioner, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications

9:15 am Keynote
Grand Ballroom

Mapping Evidence
Edward Tufte, Master Information Designer

Edward Tufte is Professor Emeritus at Yale University, where he taught courses in statistical evidence, information design, and interface design. He has written eight books, including Beautiful Evidence, Visual Explanations, Envisioning Information, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. He wrote, designed, and self-published four books on information design, which have won 40 awards for content and design. The New York Times described ET as “the Leonardo da Vinci of data.” Martin Kemp in Nature described ET as “the world’s leading analyst of graphic information.”  Professor Tufte will speak about visualizing information for policy analysis.

10:30 am Morning Break
Grand Ballroom Lobby and Promenade

10:45 am General Sessions – NYC GeoSymposium: 2001-2010-2021
All Sessions in Grand Ballroom

Visualizing Government: Geospatial Technologies Deliver
Henry Jackson, Deputy Commissioner for Technology, NYC Office of Emergency Management

NYC pioneered the use of geo-referenced data to support municipal government operations, taking delivery of a spatially accurate base map in 2000. This map enabled the wider GIS community in the metropolitan NYC area to play an essential role in the response to and recovery from the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

In the ten years since the WTC event, NYC has deployed data-rich geospatial applications and services, including the NYCityMap used by both City employees and the general public. This event culminates with a roadmap for the City to advance regional efforts, capitalizing on progress to date as well as exploiting opportunities afforded by convergence of existing and emerging geospatial technologies.

11:00 am Evolutionary Developments Support Revolutionary Deployments of Geospatial Tools and Techniques in Response and Recovery: 2001

Lead Presenter:
Alan Leidner, Northeast Regional Information Exchange Broker
HIFLD to the Regions (HTTR), U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This general session provides brief historical accounts of NYC's adoption of geospatial technologies, showing that the GIS response to 9/11 was the culmination of more than twenty years of development by City Planning, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Mayor's Office and DoITT.

The main focus of this session is a tightly woven narrative spanning multiple 9/11 GIS operational components that supported response and recovery. Presentations will stress the high level of collaboration among all participants, and the extraordinary degree of improvisation and innovation in the face of an unprecedented disaster.

12:30 pm Lunch on Your Own

1:30 pm Pervasive GIS, Citywide Implementations: 2002 - 2011

Lead Presenters:
James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data, 
NYC Office of Emergency Management

Colin Reilly, Director, Geographic Information Systems,
NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications

One key lesson from 9/11 was that readily available geo-referenced data can transform many aspects of NYC's government. In the past decade GIS has emerged as a fundamental key shared service. NYC is considered to have the most robust geospatial capabilities of any locality in the United States.

Presenters will discuss the progress NYC has made in the last ten years in terms of deploying GIS data, applications, and procedures. They will highlight improvements in emergency management based on lessons learned from the GIS response to 9/11, in the context of overall geospatial capacity-building across NYC government as well as state and federal partners.

3:00 pm Afternoon Break and Refreshments
Grand Ballroom Lobby and Promenade

3:30 pm Towards 2021: Evolving Geospatial Technologies, Opportunities and Challenges for Future Integration Across NYC Government

Lead Moderator:
Rachel Sterne, Chief Digital Officer, City of New York

The ten years since 9/11 have witnessed significant software and hardware advances that underpin geospatial application deployment. Presentations will highlight improved interoperability of related technologies and explore the implications of continued integration of solutions moving forward. Panelists will review innovative technologies, social media, crowd sourcing as well as other data sourcing techniques and procedures anticipated in the next ten years and how these will address currently unmet needs for using geospatial resources in emergency response. Emerging technologies will be evaluated in the context of GIS deployments across many areas of City governance, taking into account consolidation of hardware and software provisioning for City agencies.

5:00 pm End of Conference




New York Marriott Brooklyn
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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New York
Marriott Brooklyn 

333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY11201|
Phone:  718-246-7000
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Nearby Hotels:

The following hotels are located near the Brooklyn Marriott. Government Technology does not have a contracted rate with any of the hotels listed below; therefore, the rates are meant only as a reference.

Best Western Gregory Hotel
8315 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY11209
Rate: $215.00




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Inn Express
625 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY11215
Rate: $194.00


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Park House Hotel

1206 48th Street
Brooklyn, NY11215
Rate: $139.00



Airport Transportation: 

The hotel does not offer a shuttle service but is close to several subway stations: A, C, F-Jay Street/Borough Hall; 2, 3, 4, 5-Borough Hall; N, R-Court Street/Borough Hall.


For guests staying at the hotel the parking charge is $23/day from Sunday thru Thursday and $18/day on Friday and Saturdays (add $5 for SUV's). Both rates include in-and-out privileges. For visitors to the hotel the rates are as follows:


Time / Rate

0 - ½ hour / $20

½ hour - 1 hour / $22

1 hour - 2 hours / $24

2 hours - 12 hours / $26