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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.


Aug
11
comment GIS software other than ESRI that has online mapping capabilities
Possible duplicate of Alternatives to ArcGIS Online?. Otherwise, you should also be able to find an answer by searching the "web-mapping" keyword (which I tagged your question with). In particular or How to Start Web Mapping? is a good reference.
Aug
11
revised GIS software other than ESRI that has online mapping capabilities
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Aug
11
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Aug
11
revised Preparing Huff model with data to use in QGIS?
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Aug
11
comment Preparing Huff model with data to use in QGIS?
Searching this site for Huff Model will provide you a few other references that you may find useful, but probably do not answer your question explicitly.
Aug
11
comment Categorized style hiding map
Which version of QGIS are you using?
Aug
8
revised How to download hospitals and restaurants from OSM in shp format?
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Aug
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revised How to download hospitals and restaurants from OSM in shp format?
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Aug
8
revised Where can I find a list of (preferably free) valid USPS zipcodes?
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Aug
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revised Most Up-To-Date Source for US Zip Code Boundaries
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Aug
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revised Looking for ZIP+4 boundaries
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Aug
8
comment Where can I find a list of (preferably free) valid USPS zipcodes?
As well as: Looking for ZIP+4 boundaries and Where can I obtain an up-to-date list of US ZIP Codes with Latitude and Longitude Geocodes?
Aug
7
revised Clip in QGIS 2.4.0 resulting in empty output files
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Aug
6
comment I cannot install QGIS 2.4 on my Windows 7, 64 bit machine
@MattRota, In order to close out this question, please move your last comment to an "Answer" and in a day or two when StackExchange allows you, mark your answer as accepted (there is a delay for marking your own answer as accepted). Thanks.
Aug
5
comment What is the file structure of an ArcGIS Place File?
You can load "My Places" into an existing map document going back to at least 10.0. You just need to enable the "Data Frame Tools" toolbar, click the "My Places" flag, and then press the "Load" button from the dialog. See Using My Places in the online help.
Aug
4
comment Benchmarking QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop speed for “significant buffer on very large shapefiles”?
Answers are likely to be primarily opinion-based, but a couple of notable resources that may help you are: ArcGIS vs QGIS Clipping Contest Rematch, Feature comparison between QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop, and Why is the performance speed between ArcGIS and QGIS so different?.
Aug
4
answered Geographical media coverage map - USA
Aug
4
revised How to create a model which executes a SQL stored procedure with user-provided parameters?
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Aug
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comment How to create a model which executes a SQL stored procedure with user-provided parameters?
I have not used ArcSDESQLExecute, but that seems like the way to start if you have an ArcSDE database.
Aug
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