The New York State GIS Coordination Program was designed to overcome barriers to GIS information sharing and provide a wide array of benefits to participants. As of 2001, the following has been achieved:
Catalog of existing data sets: it is becoming increasingly easy for government agencies, citizens and commercial entities to determine what GIS data sets are available and who is the primary custodian by visiting the Metadata Repository on the GIS Clearinghouse. The GIS Clearinghouse allows easy searching for data sets of interest, thereby minimizing missed opportunities to use existing data sets.
Improved data quality: as use of Cooperative members' data sets increases, users are passing updates, corrections, and revisions back to the Primary Custodians. The result is increasing data quality. All Data Sharing Cooperative members, as well as other public and private sector users of the data, benefit from these improvements in data quality.
Standards and consistent practices: the use of a standardized data sharing agreement makes the rules for sharing within the Cooperative consistent. All members of the Cooperative agree to comply over time with standards for metadata, data exchange formats, and other characteristics.
Community building: the Coordination Program and the Clearinghouse encourage members of the GIS community to share information about their projects, education programs, conferences, and experiences. The Work Groups and Advisory Committees provide a venue for long-lasting professional relationships built around common interests and mutual goals.