GIS and all of us

Today I find myself in a field, GIS, that was practically in its infancy when I started to learn how to make maps, but which has engulfed cartography in what has become a vastly broader spatial-knowledge and spatial-communication industry. There is no better evidence of that than the annual Esri User Conference which I and many of my King County colleagues are attending this week.

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…

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…