Sound to Summit Regional GIS 1-1 Discussion Sessions are Beginning

The Sound to Summit Regional GIS Project is preparing to initiate one on one discussions within the King County region soon.Regional GIS Project GoalsThe strategic objective of the Sound to Summit Regional GIS Study Steering Committee (Steering Committee) is to determine the best feasible way to organize and operate geographic information system (GIS) services within…

King County launches Local Food Finder

Access to fresh, locally-produced food is a priority for many in King County, just as raising consumer awareness of these products is essential to the success and viability of farms and other agricultural businesses. On July 13, King County launched its new Local Food Finder, a convenient, mobile-friendly, GIS-enabled, interactive map which identifies where and…

King County IT GIS team receives SAG Award for ESJ work

The King County Information Technology GIS For Equity & Social Justice Team received Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 13, 2020, at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, King County Information Technology received the award for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology, as well as…

GIS for Equity & Social Justice – A Virtual Coffee Chat

COVID-19 and social distancing have made connecting for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) chats challenging. This interview is one over ‘virtual coffee’ with three King County GIS professionals. Hear them share their technologist’s excitement that GIS for ESJ is feasible and impactful! Meet them below. Greg: “Mary, Dennis and Fred, as King County IT (KCIT)…

One day GIS Program Management workshop – July 23, 2020

King County GIS is presenting URISA’s one-day GIS Program Management workshop, live and online on Thursday, July 23. Registration is now open. Today most government organizations have some type of GIS program in place. They vary from being in their early stages, to the rebuilding or tuning-up phase, to being completely transformed as new technologies…

Virtual to physical: translating a 3D landscape to a printed model

As the most-used GIS packages, ArcGIS and QGIS are amazing and powerful for analytical applications. Despite their analytical strengths, they sometimes don’t quite achieve the quality needed for high-level graphics. It’s common for cartographers to prepare maps or layers of maps in ArcGIS, then export them for use in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator where more sophisticated graphic techniques can be applied to create finished map products. The King County GIS Center recently came across another need to go beyond the graphic capabilities of ArcGIS.