Washington State Joint Agency GIS Day on Nov. 13

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Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Nov. 13 as GIS Day across Washington state. One event marking the day will be a day-long conference in Olympia showcasing work in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field.

The Washington State Joint Agency GIS Day at the 1500 Jefferson Building is a forum to share GIS-based solutions that are transforming data management, customer service, and decision making. The event will be held in Presentation Room 1213 on the first floor and is open to everyone.

In Washington state, GIS work is a collaborative effort between state agencies as well as local governments, with shared data available through the Washington Geospatial Open Data Portal.

The governor noted in his proclamation that GIS is increasingly important in connecting the state’s people, regions, natural resources and systems and “plays a crucial role in managing, preserving and protecting public safety, natural resources, and fisheries while planning for our vibrant future.”

New at the annual conference will be the presentation of the Government Helping Government GIS Recognition Award, which will honor a person who goes beyond his or her normal job duties to help others in the field.

Tonya Kauhi, the GIS Programs Manager for the Port of Tacoma, will present the conference keynote address: Making Connections through GIS. WaTech Director and State CIO Jim Weaver will make introductory remarks.

Other presentations include: 

  • Mapping Crash Locations for Decision Makers: This will explain how data from the 10,000 vehicle collisions that occur in Washington each month can be analyzed to improve traffic safety and prevent vehicle/pedestrian accidents.
  • How and Why We Make the Round World Flat: A presentation on how cartographers are shifting from flat-earth representations of the earth on paper.
  • Developing a Drone Program: Discusses lessons learned from the Forest Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

The conference is being held as part of the worldwide celebration of GIS Day, an annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives.

The 1500 Jefferson Building is located just east of the state’s Capitol Campus at 1500 Jefferson St. SE in Olympia. The full agenda and more details can be found on the conference website.

For more information about the conference contact Joanne Markert, state GIS coordinator, by email or at (360) 407-8691.