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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.


Sep
25
answered Is there a way of viewing a photo has a point tag from Photo2shape in QGIS?
Sep
25
awarded  Revival
Sep
24
reviewed Leave Open What is a good resource for CA crop production data?
Sep
24
reviewed Close Remote sensing and Gis for environmental pollution hazard
Sep
24
revised Migration from ArcSDE (SQL Server) to PostGIS (PostgreSQL)
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Sep
21
awarded  Custodian
Sep
21
revised How to convert projection
edited formatting
Sep
20
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
20
revised How to emulate this grayscale basemap look+feel in Google Maps
edited title
Sep
20
revised Optimizing OSM tiles download
edited title
Sep
18
revised Migrate from ArcGIS to QGIS?
edited tags
Sep
18
revised Which topics are essential for a crash course in QGIS?
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Sep
18
comment What should a QGIS course for advanced ArcGIS users cover?
also related- gis.stackexchange.com/questions/33458/…
Sep
18
comment How to create a custom data viewer on top of QGIS?
I recently read a blog post by @Nathan W that described something very similar that he created. Take a look...
Sep
17
awarded  Good Question
Sep
14
comment Make Feature Layer tool problems in Model Builder
if they have ArcGIS installed, they should have Python installed. It's installed as part of the defualt configuration.
Sep
14
revised How to create a line in a given distance to an existing one?
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Sep
13
comment How to drop ArcSDE connection using Python scripting?
@Kam- Since you answered your own question, please put the above comment into the answer area and, in a couple of days, you should be able to mark your question as accepted. I would suggest updating your code with the corrected syntax.
Sep
13
comment Substitute for SpatialJoin tool?
ArcGIS 9.3 was the last version that had license restrictions on the Spatial Join tool.
Sep
13
revised What is Change Detection and how I can perform such analysis with open source tools?
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