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I am particularly interested in location analytics, blending Business Intelligence with spatial analysis. Examples include retail/real estate site selection, trade area analysis, customer research, and marketing through demographic analysis.

I use Python for process and workflow automation, database reporting & manipulation, and developing new spatial tools.

I've been a GIS professional for 15+ years, most of which using ESRI tools (since Arc/Info 7.x). More recently I find myself using more open-source tools (QGIS, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR, web-based tools) and ultimately choosing "the right tool for the job" rather than being tied to a single vendor or toolset.


Oct
3
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
2
revised Adding dynamic text to ArcGIS map documents
edited title
Oct
1
revised Appending feature classes from one geodatabase to another geodatabase for python
added 16 characters in body
Sep
30
comment Can QGIS read an ODBC connection?
If you are having problems with this approach, check QGIS 2.4 access .mdb add error
Sep
30
comment Can QGIS read an ODBC connection?
Excellent answer to a similar question at QGIS 2.4 access .mdb add error
Sep
30
comment QGIS 2.4 access .mdb add error
@GisDoodler, excellent post!
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
29
comment QGIS 2.4 access .mdb add error
Did you follow my "accepted answer" (link to my answer here) instructions that are in the question "Can QGIS read an ODBC connection"?
Sep
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Google Maps, here maps data in one database
Sep
25
comment Google Maps, here maps data in one database
I'm guessing the user is referring to Nokia HERE.com
Sep
24
awarded  Good Question
Sep
24
revised Looping through list of shapefiles to rename them using ArcPy?
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Sep
23
comment Is there a standard for the specification of .prj files?
I wouldn't call it a standard, but ESRI KB Article 14056 HowTo: Create projection metadata (.prj) files for shapefiles does demonstrate their method for creating a prj from scratch.
Sep
23
comment Listing all feature datasets and classes from multiple geodatabase into CSV file?
A couple of similar questions & answers. I think the first will answer your question, or the 2nd will at least answer part 1 of your question: Creating table containing all filenames (and possibly metadata) in File Geodatabase? or Listing all feature classes in File Geodatabase, including within feature datasets?
Sep
23
awarded  Notable Question
Sep
22
revised Leaflet change color dynamically
added bullet points to improve readability
Sep
18
revised Are FOSS4G conference presentations available online?
merged content from another answer regarding the 2013 conference with this one.
Sep
18
comment Sites that demo freely available Basemaps
@perrygeo, you should convert your comment to an "Answer" so that sfletche can accept your answer and close this question.
Sep
8
awarded  Famous Question
Sep
3
comment Word cloud labels in QGIS from database
Nothing specific to QGIS, but a couple of other similar questions are Fitting a word/tag cloud into geographic boundaries and How to create spatial tag clouds or “tag maps”. You can find these and other similar questions by searching "tag + cloud".