Finding and importing GIS data
Listed below are links to rich geographic datasets available from Washington State Government. Most of these files are in zipped (compressed) .shp file sets. Download the .zip file to your desktop and extract the file to a folder on your desktop. To add elements to your depiction, choose "import from File" in the Add Content control and browse to the first file in the data folder that has the .shp extension. When loading a file with state-wide data, Depiction has to go through the entire file to look for data that applies to the region you selected for your depiction. This may take some time so be patient.
County and City governments often have GIS data files available for downloading as well, and will generally work better in Depiction because a higher percentage of the data will pertain to the Depiction region chosen.
Dept of Transportation GIS data files
Dept of Health: Mostly point data shape files in .zip format
Office of Financial Management: Census data and links to other Washington State government geospatial data sources
Dept of Natural Resources GIS data files
Dept of Ecology GIS data files and links to lots of other Pacific Northwest and national Geo data resources
10 meter resolution terrain (Data Elevation Model – DEM) data. After extracting DEM file of interest, change extension from .dem to .gtiff to read into Depiction
Many more sources are available via our data on the web page.