King County GIS at the 2019 Washington GIS Conference in Tacoma May 20-23

The annual Washington GIS Conference is the best place in the state for an intensive four days of training, seminars, educational sessions, networking, visiting vendors, and connecting with friends old and new. If haven’t already – registered today! Here are some of the Washington GIS Conference sessions and events where King County GIS staff will…

New GIS for Equity & Social Justice workshop at the Washington GIS Conference in Tacoma on May 21

At the 2019 Washington GIS Conference in May, Nicole Franklin, Chief Equity Officer for King County IT, and I will present a brand-new workshop, Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice. The workshop is intended for GIS professionals and for Equity & Social Justice (ESJ) and public policy practitioners.  The cost for this half-day…

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…Fundamentals of ArcGIS in Seattle, March 26-27

Time, space, and money are each finite and interconnected. They impact each decision that we make. GIS is the optimal tool to help companies, agencies, students, and researchers discover how to best utilize their finite resources. ArcGIS Desktop is still the workhorse software tool that most agencies and companies use for the bulk of their…

2019 GIS Training in Seattle from King County GIS

King County GIS is excited to announce our January through July 2019 schedule of face-to-face GIS training classes in Seattle. Instructor-led face-to-face training provides the ideal learning environment for developing hands-on GIS skills. Put yourself in the picture by signing up for KCGIS training today! Our GIS training program provides benefits to your employer through…

New Year GIS Training in Seattle: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro (January 8-9, 2019)

Do you have 2018 Training Budget left-over? Its time to register for GIS training in Seattle to build your GIS skills. Face to face, instructor-led training builds a solid foundation in GIS to advance your career. The King County GIS Center is offering its new two-day Introduction to ArcGIS Pro Course early in January. GIS Software Used: ArcGIS…

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.