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:
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 (@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 (@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 since the late 1990’s, 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 was CEO of GeoHipster from 2017 to 2022.
Ed Freyfogle is a German/American entrepreneur living in London. He is one of the founders of Lokku, makers of the OpenCage Geocoder.
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 (@rjhale) is the owner of North River Geographic Systems, and is the current leader of GeoHipster. 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. If you need something related to geohipster – give me a shout!
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.
Ana Leticia Ma is a geospatial enthusiast with experience working in local government and utilities. She enjoys learning about the latest trends in tech and GIS. An adventurer at heart, Ana loves wandering in the wilderness, riding her bike on the beach, and exploring Los Angeles.
After running a successful GIS consulting business in the US, Kurt recently moved to Denmark and now works for the Danish geospatial firm Septima. Kurt has a broad skillset. He is a spatial analyst, cartographer, teacher and author. He recently authored his eighth and ninth books on the software QGIS: the second editions of both Discover QGIS 3.x and QGIS for Hydrological Applications, both with Locate Press. In 2015 he became an OsGeo Charter Member. In his spare time he is learning Danish.
Natasha Pirani participated in the Erasmus Mundus Cartography programme and sometimes dabbles in map making and nap taking.
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 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 (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 (@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.