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GIS Services


GIS services are for DSHS employees

To request the preparation of a map, complete the following form: 

Map Request form

To request geocoding, complete the following form: 

Geocoding Request form


Geocoding is the process by which non-spatial data (address files) are linked to geographic coordinates and converted to map data (points on a map showing address locations).  With geographic coordinates the features can be entered into Geographic Information Systems for mapping and/or analysis.


More about geocoding

Guidelines for geocoding


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Once your data has been Geocoded it is now possible to represent it spatially, better known as mapping it! Mapping your data is a great way to generate interest in your subject. A map makes it easy for your audience to get a better idea of what and where things are happening. A map can help you discover geographic trends that may be crucial for getting a better understanding your data.  


More about mapping




Spline analysis map

Using GIS for analysis, you can find out why things are where they are and how things are related. You can get more accurate and up-to-date information, and even create new information that was unavailable     before. Having this information can help you gain a deeper understanding of a place, make the best choices, or prepare for future events and conditions. Geographic analysis tasks may involve:

  •     mapping where things are
  •     mapping the most and least
  •     mapping density
  •     finding what's inside
  •     finding what's nearby
  •     mapping change



More about analysis

source: Andy Mitchell, The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 1: Geographic Patterns and Relationship, (Redlands: ESRI Press, 1999) 10.

Poster Printing

All printing service requests from outside of the CHS will be reviewed by the GIS Team to determine if the requests fall within the mission of the GIS team, which is to support and leverage the works of DSHS employees with geospatial analyses. If your poster contains spatial information such as basic thematic maps or spatial models (e.g. analytic maps), please fill out the poster printing request form. For all other printing service requests, we recommend that you contact the  Health and Human Services print shop

poster printing request form


Last updated April 14, 2020