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.

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…

Upcoming Seattle Training: ArcGIS Fundamentals (9/17-18) & Intermediate GIS Concepts (10/3-5)

Its time to register for 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 two-day ArcGIS Fundamentals in September and three-day Intermediate GIS Concepts in October. ArcGIS Fundamentals Overview ArcGIS is a powerful and…

Map literacy and the 2016 presidential election

Among the fundamental skills required to be map literate, that is, to be able to read and comprehend maps, are an understanding of scale, the recognition of spatial orientation, and an appreciation of map projections. A higher-level, overarching principle of map literacy is that a single map can seldom tell a whole story, which is a point well made by Dr. Kenneth Field, Esri senior cartographic product engineer, in a recent article in Wired.