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, Equity and Inclusion Manager for King County, 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…

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…Fundamentals of ArcGIS in Seattle, March 26-27

Time, space, and money are each finite and interconnected. They impact each decision that we make. GIS is the optimal tool to help companies, agencies, students, and researchers discover how to best utilize their finite resources. ArcGIS Desktop is still the workhorse software tool that most agencies and companies use for the bulk of their…

The Role of GIS Professionals in Issues of Equity and Social Justice

During the past year interest in using GIS to address issues related to Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) have been accelerating. Recently Mark Salling from Cleveland State University, Nicole Franklin, King County Chief Equity Officer, and I co-authored an article for URISA’s The GIS Professional to initiate a discussion about the role of GIS professionals…

Where in King County? Seattle Has a New Tunnel!

It has been a mere 10 years since then Governor Christine Gregoire chose a tunnel option to replace the Highway 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct. Replacement of the viaduct was urgent because of the damage done to the viaduct by the Nisqually Earthquake. The new SR 99 tunnel is now open to the public! Remember Bertha?…

Where in King County? Muddy Water

I travel via Sounder Commuter train from Edmonds to my job at King County every day. I maintain that I have the most beautiful commute in the world: blue skies above Puget Sound dotted with sailboats and fishing boats in the summer. Awesome sunsets in the spring and autumn. Sometimes during autumn mornings, commuters who…

Mapping sounds from cities and nature

I’m planning a trip to Hawaii, maybe in early spring, and one of the things about Hawaii I really enjoy is the sound of the unique birds found only there. Now there is a web site that documents sounds from around the world. Cities and Memory describes its site as… …a global collaborative sound project…

2019 GIS Training in Seattle from King County GIS

King County GIS is excited to announce our January through July 2019 schedule of face-to-face GIS training classes in Seattle. Instructor-led face-to-face training provides the ideal learning environment for developing hands-on GIS skills. Put yourself in the picture by signing up for KCGIS training today! Our GIS training program provides benefits to your employer through…