Strengthening the GIS Profession

“Strengthening the GIS Profession”—that was the title of a 2012 ArcNews article authored by my friend David DiBiase. David asked: ‘Is GIS a profession?’ As he pointed out, this is an important question. He defined a GIS Professional as ‘…someone who makes a living through learned professional work…that requires advanced knowledge of geographic information systems and related geospatial technologies, data, and methods.’

The GIS profession, or any profession, rightly requires a definition that defines it across multiple dimensions. This article will assess from a personal perspective where the GIS profession stands today, based on the dimensions of the GIS profession that DiBiase outlined in 2012.

KCGIS User Group – GIS for Equity and Social Justice Meeting Topics: December 5, 2018 and February 6, 2019

The next two King County GIS User Group meetings will feature topics related to the use of GIS for policies related to Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). Within King County government, Equity and Social Justice is a ground-breaking priority approach to focus the County on a pro-equity policy direction. Our December 5 KCGIS User Group…

Where in King County? Sherman – Set the Wayback Machine!

This is the third installment of Where in King County? – our monthly contest that challenges your knowledge about King County and encourages you to learn about the features of King County’s iMap web mapping application. This month Mr. Peabody says ‘Sherman set the Wayback Machine. The year? 1936. The Place? King County, Washington!’ Sherman’s…

Data quality at King County GIS – Part 3

Onto the third and final installment on the topic of data quality for King County GIS (KCGIS). Part 1 –  data  quality within the framework of GIS data set maintenance prioritization – was followed by Part 2 where we looked at the processes and tools for validating database and file-system objects within the Spatial Data Warehouse (SDW). In Part 3 we’ll…

KCGIS User Group October 3 Meeting Topic: The Sound to Summit Regional GIS Study

The next King County GIS User Group Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3, 11am–12noon King Street Center, Conference Room 7044-45 Feature Topic: Announcing the Sound to Summit Regional GIS Study Greg Babinski, King County GIS Marketing & Business Development Manager In Washington, public agency operating budgets are restricted by a mandated 1% limit on annual increases…

Upcoming Seattle Training: ArcGIS Fundamentals (9/17-18) & Intermediate GIS Concepts (10/3-5)

Its time to register for training in Seattle to build your GIS skills. Face to face, instructor-led training builds a solid foundation in GIS to advance your career. The King County GIS Center is offering two-day ArcGIS Fundamentals in September and three-day Intermediate GIS Concepts in October. ArcGIS Fundamentals Overview ArcGIS is a powerful and…