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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.


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Jun
5
revised How to create labeling similar to this map?
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Jun
5
comment How to create labeling similar to this map?
The most important keyword that @GISKid used (and is kind of lost in the mix) is in the last sentence: "place the ... label as annotation on the blocks". This will allow you to accurately position every item of the text to meet your needs. Good answer!
Jun
2
comment Building a WebGIS with search functionality for a charity
Very similar to: Suggestions for simple mapping platform for alumni web site. You should also research questions tagged with web-mapping for many similar questions, particularly How to Start Web Mapping?
Jun
2
revised How to upload a list of 5-digit zip codes to CartoDB?
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May
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May
27
revised OpenLayers Plugin with on-thy-fly-transformation causes wrong coordinates
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May
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May
20
revised ArcGIS 10.2.1 Table To Table tool in Python script gives ExecuteError: ERROR 001156?
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May
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May
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comment Is there a way to show a layers feature count in the TOC?
You should start a new question and reference this question in it's body. Thanks
May
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revised Data Driven Pages and Attribute tables
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May
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May
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comment How can I rename multiple feature classes (each different name) using Python?
The Python docs, recommended using str.format(var) over %s. "This method of string formatting is the new standard in Python 3, and should be preferred to the % formatting described in String Formatting Operations in new code." Therefore, more compatible (long-term) code would be arcpy.Rename_management(fc, "{0}{1}".format( fc[0:1], fc[-2:]) ).
May
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comment Why is shapefile not drawing in expected location after (or before) using Define Projection tool?
Did you contact the author (at the end of the linked page you supplied) and ask? It gives his email and phone number...
Apr
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Apr
29
comment How to split circles in 8 quadrants
So you you want to split each circle into 8 pie-like wedges? Is that correct? If not, can you provide a graphic of what you are after?
Apr
29
revised Generating Interactive Tiles using Nodejs, Mapnik, and PostGIS for Leaflet
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Apr
29
answered How to create a plain boundary from a large parcels shapefile
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