Authors

Several individuals have helped GeoHipster create content over the years. Some regularly conduct interviews and others have written opinion pieces. Here is a brief list of those contributors, alphabetically by last name:

Jonah Adkins
Jonah Adkins

Jonah Adkins (@jonahadkins) – Cartographer, Board Member @OpenStreetMapUS, Open Data, Disney, Baseball Cards, Nikes, Pro-Wrestling, and Ink. He/Him.

Todd Barr
Todd Barr

Todd Barr (blog, podcast) bounced around the beltway for 16 years, and has been bouncing around the country for the last 4. Currently in Boston as the Director for Maps N Things at a Disaster Modeling company. They also teach off and on at NorthEastern University, mostly Remote Sensing. From time to time they and Silas Toms do a podcast. When not being Spatial they’re doing space related things with their daughter. They hold an MSc in Geography from the University of Denver and a bunch of other letters that really don’t matter. They also wish they were a hat person.

Christina Boggs
Christina Boggs

Christina Boggs (@rockoncali) is an Engineering Geologist with strong GIS flavor. Christina loves the National Hydrography Dataset, is a past president of NorCal URISA, chair-elect for the Chapter Advisory Board of URISA International, and the chair of the California State Government GIS User Group.

Mike Dolbow
Mike Dolbow

Mike Dolbow (@mmdolbow) is the GIS Coordinator for the MN Department of Education, where he provides leadership in spatial services for a variety of customers and communities. He has been in the GIS industry for over 20 years, mostly in public service. When he’s not spending time with family or watching sports, he plays bass guitar for J. Bell & the Lazy Susan Band. Mike became CEO of GeoHipster in 2017.

Bill Dollins
Bill Dollins

Bill Dollins (Twitter, blog) is a perpetual novice, who is constantly amazed at his continued ability to make a living in geography.

Atanas Entchev
Atanas Entchev

Atanas Entchev (@atanas) is the founder and principal of ENTCHEV GIS in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He launched GeoHipster in December 2013.

Ed Freyfogle
Ed Freyfogle

Ed Freyfogle is a German/American entrepreneur living in London. He is one of the founders of Lokku, makers of the OpenCage Geocoder.

Gary Gale
Gary Gale

A self-professed map addict, Gary Gale has worked in the mapping and location space for over 20 years through a combination of luck and occasional good judgement. He is co-founder and director of Malstow Geospatial, a consultancy firm offering bespoke consulting and services in the geospatial, geotechnology, maps and location based services fields. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he tweets about maps, writes about them, and even occasionally makes them.

Randal Hale
Randal Hale

Randal Hale (@rjhale) is the owner of North River Geographic Systems, and is owned by a small toothless Siamese cat. When not sitting in a canoe (which he doesn’t do nearly enough of), you’ll find him looking for clients, speaking at conferences, and attempting to annoy the GIS establishment. Depending on when you are reading this he is/was serving on the boards of Georgia URISA and Mid-South ASPRS.

Alex Leith
Alex Leith

Alex Leith is a certified spatial professional with extensive experience in software development, DevOps and project management. Alex is a founding director of OSGeo Oceania and has spent time volunteering for the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, GovHack, GeoRabble, and gets paid in stickers to do GeoHipster interviews. When not writing code, or at least talking to people about writing code, he likes a great craft beer (currently seeking the best XPA) or whisky (with a preference for Islay). Alex is a technical leader at Geoscience Australia, working with a team of developers on software that enables people to work with Earth observation data.

Kurt Menke
Kurt Menke

Kurt Menke is the owner of Bird’s Eye View, a GIS consultancy based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. His biggest focus areas are conservation and public health. He is an avid open source proponent recently authoring Mastering QGIS and Discover QGIS. In his spare time he enjoys working out, big wild spaces, mountains, vinyl records and good coffee.

Natasha Pirani
Natasha Pirani

Natasha Pirani participated in the Erasmus Mundus Cartography programme and sometimes dabbles in map making and nap taking.

Paul Ramsey
Paul Ramsey

Paul Ramsey has been working with geospatial software for over 15 years: consulting to government and industry, building a geospatial software company, and programming on open source. He co-founded the PostGIS spatial database project in 2001, and is currently an active developer and member of the project steering committee. In 2008, Paul received the Sol Katz Award for achievement in open source geospatial software. Paul speaks and teaches regularly at conferences around the world.

Amy Smith
Amy Smith

Amy Smith is a data scientist on Uber’s Policy, Research and Economics team in San Francisco. She’s had some great opportunities working with geospatial technologies in a variety of fields, including environmental monitoring, water resources, and transportation planning. Amy currently spends her days researching urban mobility in cities around the world, and making lots of maps.

Ralph Straumann
Ralph Straumann

Ralph Straumann (blog, website, Twitter) is senior consultant with EBP (geospatial blog) in Zurich, Switzerland. He works with the private sector as well as with all levels of government to design their data-centric workflows and info products. He holds a PhD from the University of Zurich with specializations in GIS, remote sensing, cartography and political science. Besides, he’s a visiting researcher at the Uni of Oxford, UK, investigating user-generated content and social networks. Otherwise he likes travelling, biking, enjoying nature and taking (and failing to sort) photographs.

Michael Terner
Michael Terner

Michael Terner (@ternergeo) bumbled into geographic information systems in 1985 and has been doing it ever since. He has done geo in state government, a consulting company he co-founded in 1991, and now within a large, multi-national geospatial conglomerate. He’s a big open source geo fan and generally puts his volunteer efforts towards the FOSS4G conferences. He appreciates beach walks with his dog and clearing his head on the golf course.