Transition

My job with Vulcan recently ended unceremoniously with an abrupt meeting with HR informing me that my position was being eliminated and it was my last day. I had a good run - 3+ years - and gained a great amount of experience as part of an engineering team. This exposed me to the inner workings of software development as a discipline and as a career. However, my skillset was never fully valued or understood - this is something which I needed to communicate better and to a wider audience.

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Mapathons at Vulcan

Since August 2016, I’ve been leading MissingMaps at Vulcan. We gather over lunch hour to add vulnerable people and places to the map. We trace buildings and roads into OpenStreetMap, we eat pizza, and we get to spend time together. We’ve had 35 different participants in the mapathons. Here is a “leaderboard” showing how much each Vulcan mapper has mapped.

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Great Elephant Census at SCGIS

Last June, I attended the Society for Conservation GIS Conference at Asilomar, California. This conference gathers many GIS professionals working in nonprofits, private sector, and also sponsors a cohort of international scholars. This was the first time that someone Vulcan attended SCGIS, and my colleague Paul made also made a presentation on using machine-learning to identify elephants from drone

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Buffering Points in the Browser

Recently I made a few base maps of various-sized buffers around ad hoc points. This type of request is quite common from my colleagues - draw a circle around a given point to understand relationships of distance.

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