When is a location not a location?

Cartographers and GIS analysts often have to make choices about where, within a given map space, to position points that represent real-world features. Shouldn’t be a big deal though, should it? A place is a place, a location a location. It’s just there. You know, where the house or building or parking lot, or whatever, sits on the ground! Well, it isn’t that simple.

Where in King County? Muddy Water

I travel via Sounder Commuter train from Edmonds to my job at King County every day. I maintain that I have the most beautiful commute in the world: blue skies above Puget Sound dotted with sailboats and fishing boats in the summer. Awesome sunsets in the spring and autumn. Sometimes during autumn mornings, commuters who…

Mapping sounds from cities and nature

I’m planning a trip to Hawaii, maybe in early spring, and one of the things about Hawaii I really enjoy is the sound of the unique birds found only there. Now there is a web site that documents sounds from around the world. Cities and Memory describes its site as… …a global collaborative sound project…

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…

A new story map will support King County’s Shoreline Master Program Review

Recently Ben Silver, GIS analyst and associate at BERK Consulting, developed an innovative story map to solicit public input for King County’s Shoreline Master Plan update. Story mapping is a web-based system in Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform that makes it possible to combine images, interactive maps, narrative text, and other multimedia content into engaging presentations that tell compelling stories. Ben tells the story behind the story map in this article submitted to GIS & You.

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 – GIS for Equity and Social Justice Meeting Topics: December 5, 2018 and February 6, 2019

The next two King County GIS User Group meetings will feature topics related to the use of GIS for policies related to Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). Within King County government, Equity and Social Justice is a ground-breaking priority approach to focus the County on a pro-equity policy direction. Our December 5 KCGIS User Group…