Can you hear me now? Shapefiles to the rescue?

How do you choose a cell phone service provider? This is a consumer decision that is driven by geography. Are you someone who just doesn’t travel a lot and looks forward to an annual stay-cation? Or do you have wanderlust and criss-cross the state and country as often as your budget and free time allows?…

Who’s Your Climate Twin?

I’m living in Seattle, so why does it feel like I’m in Portland? We know the climate is changing. But what exactly will the weather be like at some point in the future for where I live right now? Good question. Predictive climate models can help give us some understanding, but narrative descriptions of more…

June KCGIS User Group meeting: GIS Potpourri

Potpourri, so says Wikipedia, ‘…is a mixture of dried, naturally fragrant plant materials, used to provide a gentle natural scent, commonly in residential settings.’ What’s that got to do with GIS? Potpourri is also a common Jeopardy category – a collection of incongruous things. Maybe that’s what’s intended by the June 2019 King County GIS…

Turning Adobe Illustrator map art into web-map data

Some modern mapmaking tools don’t have direct antecedents. Yes, maps have long been composed of many layers of separate artwork just as we have digital map feature layers now, but in the during the time of Mylar overlays, pin registration, and photomechanical reproduction that resulted in static paper maps, there was nothing like the dynamic and highly interactive web maps that are second nature to us today.

King County GIS at the 2019 Washington GIS Conference in Tacoma May 20-23

The annual Washington GIS Conference is the best place in the state for an intensive four days of training, seminars, educational sessions, networking, visiting vendors, and connecting with friends old and new. If haven’t already – registered today! Here are some of the Washington GIS Conference sessions and events where King County GIS staff will…

New 2019 GIS Training in Seattle from King County GIS

The King County GIS Center has updated its 2019 calendar to include new instructor-led, face-to-face classes in Seattle through December. Our students find that instructor-led face-to-face training provides the ideal learning environment for developing hands-on GIS skills. Get in the picture by signing up for KCGIS training today! Our GIS training program provides benefits to…