“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.
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…
I often get asked for advice by my GIS colleagues about GIS program management, GIS strategic planning, organizational structure, and how to communicate GIS development concepts to upper management and IT staff. Questions come to me from agencies large and small.
The King County GIS Center is open and transparent with its plans, processes, and performance. Every two years, roughly in line with King County’s biennial budget process, we produce a King County GIS Operations and Maintenance Plan. We also publish a biennial report which has different focus. The most recent publication, the 2015-2016 King County GIS Center Biennial Report, provides a comprehensive overview of King County GIS Center activities.
On May 16, at the Washington GIS Conference in Tacoma, Josh Greenburg, President of the Washington Chapter of URISA, convened a daylong Washington Government GIS Leaders Workshop to bring together GIS managers and leaders.
The title of the foreword to the first edition of the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge asserts that GIS is “Transforming Science and Society.” That is a powerful statement. Not only is what we do part science and part technology, but what we do is transforming science and society.