Welcome to GIS & You, the blog authored by the staff of the King County GIS Center. We are the enterprise GIS group for the County, with our office located in downtown Seattle, Washington on the shores of Puget Sound. Within this setting the KCGIS Center delivers services to King County agencies and to external customers, whether it be a city, utility, nonprofit, private company, or resident.
A successful Geographic Information System needs a visionary to get started, a technology and business leader to plan, and a champion to launch and nurture the program. For more than 25 years, Gary Hocking wore those hats for King County. After 39 years with the County, Gary retired on April 28, 2017.
The first three months of 2017 kept us busy in KCGIS Center Client Services producing maps for publication. Our lineup of projects included major revisions to long-popular core products for two King County divisions and one exciting new map for an external client.
Maps for Office is an Excel add-in that allows you to create maps within an Excel spreadsheet using the ArcGIS Online platform.
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.