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…

Where in King County? Exploring Census Viewer

Up to this point, Where in King County? questions have required that you use iMap, King County’s flagship web mapping application. This month’s question requires that you explore the use of another useful King County GIS web mapping application: Census Viewer. Don’t worry, Census Viewer has much the same functionality as iMap. The key difference…

GIS Pioneer Barry Wellar inducted into the Order of Canada

My friend, colleague, and former URISA President Barry Wellar was inducted on March 14, 2019 into the Order of Canada by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Governor General Payette said of Barry: Barry Wellar is a trailblazer in the field of geographic information science…

New GIS for Equity & Social Justice workshop at the Washington GIS Conference in Tacoma on May 21

At the 2019 Washington GIS Conference in May, Nicole Franklin, Chief Equity Officer for King County IT, and I will present a brand-new workshop, Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice. The workshop is intended for GIS professionals and for Equity & Social Justice (ESJ) and public policy practitioners.  The cost for this half-day…