GIS Program

The City of Ithaca GIS Program

The City of Ithaca GIS Program is responsible for managing the city's geographic information systems (GIS): hardware, software, and applications that allow staff to create, store, manage, access, visualize and use geographic information. The GIS Program staff collaborate with all 19 departments of the city to eliminate redundancy in dataset creation and maintenance and to provide easy access to data for city personnel and officials. Currently, the GIS Program develops and manages desktop, field, and web-based GIS applications for the day to day maintenance activities throughout the City of Ithaca. The program also continues to create and manage primary and secondary GIS data sets. For Maps and Demographic information click here: For more information on GIS at the City of Ithaca, please contact us

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Program History

The City of Ithaca began the development of its geographic information systems in 1991 with a cooperatively financed and managed planimetric map. Subsequently the program became known for the development of the City of Ithaca Tree Inventory GIS, which includes more than 12,800 trees.
In 1998, the city became a leader in the development of applications that bring geographic data and interactive mapping to the browser, serving many users from a single web mapping MapXsite application. Since 2000, the city has formally collaborated with Tompkins County to deliver interactive mapping and geographic data via a shared ESRI platform, bringing comprehensive datasets to staff, officials and the public. In 2014 the GIS Program worked with the Google Trekker Loan Program to capture Street View imagery for our gorges, waterfalls, trails and parks.
To create and manage geographic data, applications and solutions, which make a difference for staff, officials and the public in the day to day operations of the city.