Location tracking during Covid-19: An EthicalGEO Pod Episode

Geospatial data and tools, including personal location tracking, are extremely valuable for policy planning, public information, and public health response, and may play a valuable role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many privacy experts are concerned that a renewed impetus to collect the location of all global citizens leads to massive infringements on…

GIS for COVID-19 online roundtable on April 1 – KCGIS User Group special meeting

The April 1, 2020 King County GIS User Group meeting will feature an important roundtable discussion on issues related to using GIS to support agency response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in our communities. This meeting will be held via Skype or Zoom. As usual, the KCGIS User Group meeting is open to anyone. Many…

Visualizing sea level rise on the Duwamish River

The King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks oversees several ecological restoration sites along the Duwamish River. Because the river is estuarine and will be impacted by the rising ocean levels associated with climate change, there was understandably some concern that these sites would also be affected. They needed to visualize what their projects…

WGGL and King County host GIS Portal Summit to share knowledge

By Joshua Greenberg (WGGL Chair) Over 85 GIS users gathered in Seattle at the King County’s King Street Center Conference Center on February 3rd to share their knowledge and experiences using Esri’s ArcGIS Enterprise portal. ArcGIS Enterprise portal “brings together all the geographic information in your ArcGIS platform and shares it throughout your organization” (Esri).…

GIS for ESJ Best Practices – Project Update

Back in November I reported on the award of seven EthicalGEO Fellowships by the American Geographical Society. My EthicalGEO Fellowship project is to develop and publish a first-ever GIS for Equity and Social Justice best practices document. The seven EthicalGEO Fellows first met on November 21, 2019 at Columbia University to present their proposals. This…

Communities using maps to enact environmental justice

GIS & You readers know that I have written several articles in the past about using GIS for issues related to Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). A new article in Directions Magazine Insights on Location by Chris Wayne provides an excellent overview of Communities Using Maps to Enact Environmental Justice. Chris Wayne’s article touches many…