The King County GIS Center manages the King County Geographic Information System (KCGIS), King County’s cooperative, multi-department, enterprise GIS. We provide efficient, high-quality GIS leadership, coordination, infrastructure, and services to meet the business needs of our customers and clients in King County government, the Puget Sound region and beyond. More...
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Maps that help transit riders get "there"
August 25, 2014
The motto of King County Metro Transit is “We’ll Get You There.” Maps are all about where “There” is, and Metro uses maps extensively, both internally and for customer information, including places where riders may need them the most—in kiosks located at transit centers and bus stops throughout the Metro service area. But developing and maintaining kiosk maps for Metro, the nation’s 8th-largest public transit agency, is a complex endeavor. In 2012 Metro Transit enlisted the King County GIS Center to help in the effort, and specifically to rethink and redesign its system-wide kiosk map—to find ways to make it more readable and useful, as well as easier to update. More…
Lidar Swipe map viewer unveiled
June 18, 2014
The King County GIS Center recently launched a public web-based application that combines GIS data in an especially revealing way. The new King County Lidar Swipe map viewer combines digital aerial photography collected in 2012, with a shaded-relief ground image derived from digital lidar data collected in 2001-2004 (with more recent data in some areas). With the Lidar Swipe map viewer users navigate to a portion of the county and ‘swipe’ a bar or spyglass on the computer screen to view either the aerial photography or the shaded-relief ground image for the selected area. More…
King County GIS at the 2014 Washington GIS Conference
May 19, 2014
The King County GIS Center participated in force at the 2014 Washington GIS Conference in Tacoma on May 13th and 14th. We consider this a very valuable event to keep informed of the latest developments in GIS technology, services, applications, products, and innovations in Washington State. The theme this year was "Communicating Our World." More…
King County GIS Center helps youth ambassadors engage community
May 5, 2014
Sustainability Ambassadors (external link) is a non-profit organization that empowers youth to catalyze community sustainability. Founded in 2012 by long-time educator and strategic storyteller, Peter Donaldson, Sustainability Ambassadors is an innovative youth leadership program training exceptionally self-motivated young people (ages 13-21) as skilled ambassadors capable of tracking and communicating improvements in sustainable community conditions across generations and community sectors.
With funding from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board for a “Stormwater Pollution Solutions” student service-learning grant, Peter approached the King County GIS Center with the idea for a sustainability-themed atlas comprising multiple stormwater indicator maps for the Tahoma School District in suburban King County – a “Stormwater Neighborhood Atlas.” More…