King County IT GIS team receives SAG Award for ESJ work

The King County Information Technology GIS For Equity & Social Justice Team received Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 13, 2020, at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, King County Information Technology received the award for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology, as well as…

GIS for Equity & Social Justice – A Virtual Coffee Chat

COVID-19 and social distancing have made connecting for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) chats challenging. This interview is one over ‘virtual coffee’ with three King County GIS professionals. Hear them share their technologist’s excitement that GIS for ESJ is feasible and impactful! Meet them below. Greg: “Mary, Dennis and Fred, as King County IT (KCIT)…

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…

Changing the odds – Bill and Melinda Gates on how geography and gender stack the deck

In the latest Goalkeepers Report from the Gates Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates discuss How Geography and Gender Stack the Deck For (or Against) You. In Goalkeeper Report 2019 Melinda and Bill Gates discuss how various factors outside our individual control at birth and throughout our lives can predetermine success and well-being throughout our lives.…

GIS for Equity & Social Justice – New Workshop in Seattle

King County’s new GIS for ESJ workshop is an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for equity and social justice (ESJ). GIS for Equity & Social Justice will be presented on Tuesday, September 24. Register online to reserve your seat in this intense half-day workshop. Instructors Nicole Franklin (King County IT…

King County Solid Waste uses GIS to assess equity and social justice programs

A King County policy priority is building equity and opportunity for all. King County’s pro-equity policy agenda has eight focus areas, one of which is environment and climate. Recently I worked with the King County Solid Waste Division to help develop an ArcGIS Online web application for the equity and social justice (ESJ) assessments of…

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…