I am not a geographer and until I started working with the KCGIS Center team, my idea of GIS was just “maps and stuff.” When it comes to mapping, I was more of a Google Maps guy to get me from point A to point B…that’s it! Working with KCGIS has shown me that GIS is so much more than just maps and stuff…
Perhaps, like me, you remember the term “gerrymander” from history class. A gerrymandered electoral district is one whose boundaries are defined—often with unusually shaped geographic extents—to intentionally favor one political party over another. While the term sounds silly, gerrymanders are serious business that can and do affect every aspect of our society.
The Geospatial Data Act of 2017, S. 1253, does many things that have long been supported by the GIS community. But there is one section of the bill that has generated opposition within portions of the GIS community.
King County continues its commitment to making GIS data available to the public. This post introduces the release of the new King County GIS Open Data site. Our new site is hosted on Esri’s ArcGIS Online Open Data platform and initially provides access to more than 100 datasets, in fifteen thematic categories, for inspection, analysis, and download.
This post from King County’s Water and Land Resources Division Downstream Blog spotlights a project to develop an Equity and Social Justice iMap application.
Check out King County’s new farmers markets web page! You can find where to shop for farm fresh food and learn more about farmers markets using two ArcGIS Online tools, a web map and a story map, both of which we helped build here in the King County GIS Center Client Services group.
In June, three employees of the Ghana Revenue Authority traveled from Accra, Ghana, to Seattle to attend a week of King County GIS Center training classes.
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, 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.
A successful Geographic Information System needs a visionary to get started, a technology and business leader to plan, and a champion to launch and nurture the program. For more than 25 years, Gary Hocking wore those hats for King County. After 39 years with the County, Gary retired on April 28, 2017.