At the State of Washington GIS Day event in Olympia last week, King County’s Peter Keum was awarded the first ever ‘Government Helping Government GIS Recognition Award.’ The award recognizes extraordinary GIS professionals who work for a government agency, but who go beyond their normal duties and outside their normal working days and hours to…
We are introducing a new monthly contest called “Where in King County?”
Each month GIS & You will present a portion of a map either published on the King County website or produced from a King County GIS web-mapping application, like iMap or Parcel Viewer. Each contest will also spotlight some of the features available from the web-mapping applications and some cartographic concepts that can help make you a more effective map user.
You’ve heard about vector tiles. You’ve used vector tiles in a variety of online maps, perhaps without even realizing it. But have you created your own vector tile maps?
King County’s marine research vessel, the SoundGuardian, spends much of its time on Puget Sound monitoring water quality, collecting samples to check on marine health, and maintaining marine buoys. Recently though, it went on its latest mission as part of a multi-year project to survey the King County saltwater shorelines and I was aboard.
Frequent users of King County iMap, the online app that provides scores of the most popular King County GIS data layers in a flexible, multi-feature, interactive map viewer, now have access to 2017 aerial orthophoto imagery as a basemap.
Monica Van der Vieren, who works as a King County Wastewater Treatment Division community relations planner, has created a new visually stunning Story Map, “On the Trail of the North American Buffalo” which tells the story of the North American buffalo and promotes bison and prairie conservation.
King County Archives recently made 45 volumes of the King County Assessor’s timber cruise reports from 1907-1908 available on their website.
Seattle, the county seat for King County and the largest city in the state of Washington, has seen great growth in the past 15 years in the construction of new buildings and infrastructure. During this same 15-year span, here in the King County GIS Center we have added two sets of vintage “lidar” data for the county to our GIS data library.
I am not a geographer and until I started working with the KCGIS Center team, my idea of GIS was just “maps and stuff.” When it comes to mapping, I was more of a Google Maps guy to get me from point A to point B…that’s it! Working with KCGIS has shown me that GIS is so much more than just maps and stuff…
Perhaps, like me, you remember the term “gerrymander” from history class. A gerrymandered electoral district is one whose boundaries are defined—often with unusually shaped geographic extents—to intentionally favor one political party over another. While the term sounds silly, gerrymanders are serious business that can and do affect every aspect of our society.