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 User Group Meeting agenda: GIS Potpourri.
Join us for the June KCGIS User Group meeting next Wednesday, June 5, 11am-12noon, and here is what will make up our GIS Potpourri:
Connecting the Wastewater Treatment Division’s facilities asset management system to GIS
Kim Vo, Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD)
Kim will describe the web application that WTD developed to locate and identify wastewater equipment assets. She will explain how she utilized the ArcGIS API for Python and ArcPy to integrate GIS with the not-GIS-friendly Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) that the WTD Asset Management team is using. She will demonstrate how tabular asset data from the CMMS is accessed through ArcGIS Online.
GeoPackages: Your friendly new geospatial format
Fred Lott, KCGIS Center
Geospatial data is everywhere now—not just in Esri products—and a modern, open-exchange format is needed. Enter GeoPackages! If you want the portability and flexibility of shapefiles without the technical limitations, these might just be the solution. Fred will provide an overview of the features and use cases for GeoPackages in the current geospatial landscape.
Using GIS to manage King County Elections ballot drop-box collections
Toni Carpenter and Harkeerat Kang, KCGIS Center
The King County Department of Elections went paperless earlier this year for the April election—no, not for ballots, but for managing and tracking ballot retrievals from drop boxes. Come learn how GIS apps were used to create work assignments, complete driver surveys, and display progress live on a dashboard. You’ll see how GIS helps your ballot travel to the Department of Elections headquarters to be counted.
Other Agenda Items
New data updates
KCGIS User Group Meeting – the first Wednesday of every other month, 11am to 12noon (with time afterwards for questions and networking
The KCGIS User Group is a bi-monthly forum that features information sharing among users of the King County Geographic Information System in the form of announcements, technical tips, and in-depth presentations. Users can find out first-hand what is happening across departments and disciplines, and glean timely information that will affect their day-to-day work.
I hope to see you on June 5 for GIS Potpourri. And maybe at some future KCGIS User Group Meeting we’ll have a nice GIS bouillabaisse!