Location-Based Technologies Expert, Spatial Educator, Evangelist, Habitual Tinkerer, Lifetime Learner & Geospatial Swiss Army Knife
Music DJ on the Wednesday 3-5pm Library Show playing everything from Conlon Nancarrow’s experiments with composition beyond human ability for player piano to the latest psych-rock from Ty Segall. Occasional interviews have included “Hannibal” author Patrick N. Hunt, slowcore luminary Kris Wheat of Bedhead and Angie Lee, HigherEd liason for GIS behemoth, Esri. Regular music reviewer. Instructor in the KZSU Air Clear Training curriculum for new DJs. Writing, voice and production of PSA and promotional spots.
Autumn Quarter 2020-present
“Everything is somewhere, and that somewhere matters.” The rapid growth and maturity of spatial data technologies over the past decade represent a paradigm shift in the applied use of location data from high-level overviews of administrative interests, to highly personalized location-based services that place the individual at the center of the map, at all times. The use of spatial data and related technology continues to grow in fields ranging from environmental sciences to epidemiology to market prediction. This course will present an overview of current approaches to the use of spatial data and its creation, capture, management, analysis and presentation, in a research context. Topics will include modeling of geographic objects and associated data, modeling of geographic space and the conceptual foundations of “spatial thinking,” field data collection, basic spatial statistical analysis, remote sensing & the use of satellite-based imagery, “Big Data” and machine learning approaches to spatial data, and cartographic design and presentation including the use of web-based “Storymap” platforms.n nThe course will consist of weekly lectures, guest speakers, computer lab assignments and an individual final project requirement.
2015 - 2020
Annual summer bootcamp designed to support the new GIS Center at my Alma Mater, Southern Methodist University.
Attendee/Instructor. Introductory level workshop topics for K-12 teachers to help expand the use spatial technologies in research and teaching. Honestly one of my favorite things I do.
Foundations of “Big Earth” data, including public and private-sector Earth imaging services, crowd-sourced global-scale geospatial data, trajectory and data streams. Visualization as analysis,
Created and delivered content for a 3-day QGIS Spatial Analysis Module for the Wrigley Field Program, November 2016. Four components, including: An Introduction to Spatial Analysis; Geoprocessing and Spatial Data Carpentry; Imagery Analysis; and Field Data Collection. Data acquisition support from DigitalGlobe.
Created and delivered content for a 3-day Spatial Analysis Bootcamp, using ArcGIS Suite of software, and including: An Introduction to GIS with ArcGIS, Geoprocessing with ArcGIS, Data Creation Workflows with ArcGIS, and Field Data Collection with ArcGIS.
An ongoing workshop series, with the objective of delivering practical skills in GIS data creation, management, analysis and presentation, specifically for research and teaching. Workshops are delivered on either QGIS, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro or R Studio depending on user needs and interests.
Applied GIS for Urban Forestry applications including field data collection, management and analysis, using the ongoing and Urban Resource Initiative’s New Haven Street Tree Survey. Students are oriented to the technology stack used (currently ArcGIS Server and Collector for ArcGIS based), trained and deployed for street tree survey field data collection, then provided instruction in the management and analysis of collected data.
Seminar exploring the intersection of geospatial and location-based technologies, and the legal system. Guest lectures included: Pete Schreiber, Esri General Counsel; Mikel Maron, mapgive.state.gov and OSM Foundation; Dr. Scott Edwards, Project Manager, Science for Human Rights, Amnesty International.
An introductory level credit course in applications of Geographic Information Systems and location based technologies in archaeological investigation and research.
The application of various geophysical prospecting methods in non-invasive investigation of archaeological remains. Including: Survey design, Resistivity Methods, Magnetic Methods, Ground Penetrating Radar, data fusion and interpretation.
An ongoing workshop series, with the objective of delivering practical skills in GIS data creation, management, analysis and presentation, specifically for research and teaching. Workshops are delivered on either ArcGIS, or QGIS, depending on user needs and interests.
Current publications can be found at:
Currently funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:
see: “Surveying Nomadic Health” http://trajectorymagazine.com/digitalglobe-foundation-celebrates-10-years/
StoryMap (beta): https://arcg.is/0XGrDO
The Stanford Geospatial Center is now working with School of Medicine researcher, Hannah Binzen Wild, to incorporate lessons learned in the field and to automate the use of high-cadence satellite imagery, machine learning in identifying the locations of active nomadic pastoralist settlements. Remote in the extreme, widely dispersed and highly mobile, the difficulty of conducting complete settlement surveys has resulted in the Nyangatom, and populations like them, being missed by most public health needs assessments in the past. Wild’s aim is to perform the first randomized surveys on these types of populations in order to provide baseline data for the evaluation of future public health interventions.
Part of the Improving Nighttime Access to Care and Treatment (INACT) Project.
Consulting spatial data scientist and field data specialist. Designed and implemented survey frameworks for highly-dispersed, unaddressed households in Leogane and Gressier communnes, Haiti.
The Outbreak Responder is a decision-support and epidemiology platform for use during diarrheal disease outbreaks. There are two components. The first component is a rehydration calculator that automates World Health Organization guidelines for how to assess and rehydrate a patient with diarrheal disease. The calculator is designed to be used in 30 seconds and does not require an account or connectivity. The second component is intended for the Outbreak Response Team that may include epidemiologists, public health administrators, and clinicians. This component requires a login/password. Patients are organized in a registry with icons that designate disease severity. Each patient record contains basic demographic, clinical, laboratory, and geospatial data. All aspects of the platform are encrypted and secure to industry standard. Data are visualized on a secure dashboard that helps administrators optimize resource allocation during rapidly evolving outbreaks. The dashboard also helps clinicians improve the quality of care delivered at the bedside. The design leverages geospatial mapping to identify critical actionable data. Outbreak Responder is designed for use in developing countries with high diarrheal disease burden. It was built by an international team of clinical and computer science experts led by Eric Nelson, MD., PhD at Stanford University.
Geo4LibCamp is an annual unconference hosted at Stanford University. A three day unconference, followed by two working days to collaborate, learn, and make progress on spatial data services and support in libraries.
This group works on defining best practice in associating geographical information with iiif materials. This includes iiif recipes but also more in depth work to align efforts to link iiif maps to geospatial systems. The group is creating a JSON schema suited to the needs of the IIIF community, including how to incorporate this connective schema with IIIF manifests.
Stanford’s annual celebration of all things location, including the cutting edge of geospatial technologies. Development, planning and coordination of the event, 3 years running. The schedules speak for themselves. Off-the-hook fun for geonerds.
2015 - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gisdaystanford-tickets-19264666135#
2016 - https://stanfordgisday2016.sched.com/
2017 - https://gisdaystanford2017.sched.com/
2018 - https://gisdaystanford2018.sched.com/
A Continuing project to map the more than 30k street trees in The City of New Haven. Initial conceived as a field data collection exercise for the Urban segment of The Yale School of Forestry’s 3-week graduate orientation, “MODS,” this is an ongoing survey, now in it’s 6th year. The project’s core is an ArcSDE/MSSQL database of the 30k tree “locations” and more than 70k inventory records associated with them. As software platforms have evolved and suitable hardware has become ubiquitous, the project has gone from using a small suite of Trimble Juno units with ArcPad’s “Check-in/Check-out” methods, to now creating feature services from ArcGIS for Server, through ArcGIS Online for Organizations, and be deployed for offline editing through Collector for ArcGIS on iOS and Android. The latest iteration of the project has made it possible for students to use their own equipment to survey, without incurring cellular data costs, and freeing the project from the cost of purchasing and maintaining equipment.
Yale University’s first NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant [HD-51421-11]
“The Photogrammar Project is a Yale University Public Humanities Project designed to offer an interactive web-based open source visualization platform for the one-hundred and sixty-thousand photographs created by the federal government from 1935 to 1943 under the Farm Securities Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).”