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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
7
comment ArcGIS 10.1+: Allow a model tool to run on any computer
Good find. Another option would be to point all of that intermediate data to the in_memory workspace. It would eliminate specific references to a location on disk, and might even speed up your model processing. Even though Ways to Speed Up Python Scripts Running As ArcGIS Tools references using Python, the use of the in_memory workspace applies the same for ModelBuilder.
Oct
3
revised Does uninstalling ArcGIS Desktop delete all user data as well?
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Oct
3
answered How do I download all features with a particular tag?
Oct
3
comment How do I download all features with a particular tag?
Have you tried the OSM Overpass API? What type of features are you trying to download? For example, roads aren't typically tagged with a locality name.
Oct
3
revised Does uninstalling ArcGIS Desktop delete all user data as well?
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Oct
3
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Oct
2
revised Adding dynamic text to ArcGIS map documents
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Oct
1
revised Appending feature classes from one geodatabase to another geodatabase for python
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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 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
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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
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