What is GIS? - December 14, 2020

Dec 14, 2020 · Seattle, United States of America


Welcome to the “Geospatial Revolution!” This one-hour workshop provides a concise overview of the fundamental components and business uses of Geographic Information Systems—GIS. Attendees learn how GIS combines geographic theory, information technology, and system integration practices to transform business processes within King County. But most importantly, in simple terms we demonstrate how any agency, company, or individual can benefit from GIS and join the geospatial revolution.


What is GIS? is for managers, administrators, professionals, and anyone who would like to learn how GIS can help their agency, business, private life, or personal career development.


  • Learn what GIS is and what it can do.
  • Discover the components of GIS.
  • Understand how GIS can process data to solve business problems.
  • See a variety of real-world business and daily-life applications for GIS.

Topics Covered

  • Fundamental GIS concepts
  • Typical GIS applications
  • The relationship between data, information, and knowledge
  • Integrating data with GIS
  • How GIS works in King County
  • 20 things that GIS can do
  • How you can put GIS to work

Prerequisites and Recommendations

An open and inquiring mind.

Event organizers
  • King County GIS Center

    About the KCGIS Center The King County GIS Center manages the King County Geographic Information System (KCGIS), King County’s cooperative, multi-department, enterprise GIS. The GIS Center provides efficient, high-quality GIS leadership, coordination, infrastructure, training, and services to meet the business needs of our customers and clients within King County and the communities we serve. The GIS Training Express Program is King County's multi-faceted approach to providing both standardized and custom

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