“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register.” (Luke 2) Fast forward 18 centuries and the US Constitution states: “The actual Enumeration [of every free person] shall be made…every subsequent Term of ten Years, in…
Among the fundamental skills required to be map literate, that is, to be able to read and comprehend maps, are an understanding of scale, the recognition of spatial orientation, and an appreciation of map projections. A higher-level, overarching principle of map literacy is that a single map can seldom tell a whole story, which is a point well made by Dr. Kenneth Field, Esri senior cartographic product engineer, in a recent article in Wired.
We are introducing a new monthly contest called “Where in King County?”
Each month GIS & You will present a portion of a map either published on the King County website or produced from a King County GIS web-mapping application, like iMap or Parcel Viewer. Each contest will also spotlight some of the features available from the web-mapping applications and some cartographic concepts that can help make you a more effective map user.
You’ve heard about vector tiles. You’ve used vector tiles in a variety of online maps, perhaps without even realizing it. But have you created your own vector tile maps?
King County GIS Training Program partner Eric Pimpler of Geospatial Training Services has authored a fascinating blog post about a building footprint dataset which Microsoft has generated from Bing aerial imagery using artificial intelligence, deep learning, and computer vision.
Fortunately for us in King County, we are well-served by a diverse network of stormwater facilities. King County’s Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD) is responsible for the stormwater system in unincorporated King County. Recently, Alison Sienkiewicz, WLRD stormwater pollution prevention inspector, wrote an article about a team that used GIS tools in the field to map and inventory the King County stormwater system to comply with requirements of the County’s Phase 1 Municipal Stormwater Permit.
There are a few seats left for our two-day ArcGIS Pro Quick-Start class here at the King County GIS Center in Seattle, Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19. Learn more and register online today! Overview With fast processing, enhanced 3D capabilities, and a new intuitive interface, ArcGIS Pro promises a wealth of potential for experienced GIS…
The Seattle Times on Saturday, June 2, published an article by staff reporter Erik Lacitis about a “secret, massive program that produced a million maps of cities and places around the world.” The mapping program is fascinating both from a cartographic perspective and a local perspective since Seattle and its environs are among the parts of the United States that were mapped.
King County’s marine research vessel, the SoundGuardian, spends much of its time on Puget Sound monitoring water quality, collecting samples to check on marine health, and maintaining marine buoys. Recently though, it went on its latest mission as part of a multi-year project to survey the King County saltwater shorelines and I was aboard.
Frequent users of King County iMap, the online app that provides scores of the most popular King County GIS data layers in a flexible, multi-feature, interactive map viewer, now have access to 2017 aerial orthophoto imagery as a basemap.