All maps are wrong

In a former life I taught the Esri Authorized course “Introduction to ArcView GIS 3.0.” One of the hardest concepts to teach my students was map projections.

GIS, GPS, and self-driving cars

The King County Department of Information Technology recently participated in “Vendor Day” at Seattle City Hall with the City of Seattle′s Department of Information Technology. A businesswoman passed our table and exclaimed, “Oh, GIS! Is that related to GPS? I couldn’t live without my GPS.” This led into an interesting discussion…one I’ve had many times with family and friends.

Welcome to GIS & You

Welcome to GIS & You, the blog authored by the staff of the King County GIS Center. We are the enterprise GIS group for the County, with our office located in downtown Seattle, Washington on the shores of Puget Sound. Within this setting the KCGIS Center delivers services to King County agencies and to external customers, whether it be a city, utility, nonprofit, private company, or resident.

Rails and trails mapped

The first three months of 2017 kept us busy in KCGIS Center Client Services producing maps for publication. Our lineup of projects included major revisions to long-popular core products for two King County divisions and one exciting new map for an external client.