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…

NSGIC publishes best practices guidance to improve elections with GIS

Free and fair elections are the bedrock foundation of our democracy. In the United States, responsibility to administer elections is delegated to the individual states, which then support election activity at the county level. Within the state of Washington, elections are the responsibility of the Secretary of State. The Department of Elections is responsible within…

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 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…

King County GIS Center 2015-2016 Biennial Report

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.