Hi! I'm Gary

At home, I'm a husband and a father.

At work, I'm a geotechnologist, a neogeographer and a geographer.

All the time, I'm a self-professed map addict.

Working

A self-professed geek and map addict, I've worked in the mapping and location space for over 20 years through a combination of luck and occasional good judgement. I'm currently a freelance geospatial consultant working with Lokku as their Geotechnologist in Residence, helping the companu to advance their open geospatial technologies and bring them to new markets.

When I'm not in an office, I work from anywhere with the magic combination of good coffee, free Wi-Fi and somewhere to charge my MacBook Pro.

Previously I was Director of Places and Director of Global Community Programs for Nokia Maps and HERE Maps. Before joining Nokia I led Yahoo’s UK Geo Technologies group, launching GeoPlanet, Placemaker, helping Flickr and Fire Eagle do location based services and have even worked at the European Space Agency, a job which really was rocket science.

Despite working on mapping strategies and global projects, I try to keep coding, mainly on planes, as maintainer for the Mapstraction JavaScript mapping API and have been known to make the odd WordPress plugin or two. I also talk at conferences a lot.

Relaxing

I'm based in London, where I live with my family, Alison, B9 and I7 in Teddington. There's also 7 goldfish as well. A commited Italophile, I'm also a science fiction fan who thinks that removing Deckard's noir voiceover from Blade Runner was utterly the right thing to do. Our house runs on Macs and OS X because it's basically UNIX with a lovely user interface; we've been Windows free for over a decade.

I've been tweeting about maps as @vicchi since 2007, writing about maps at www.vicchi.org since 2001 and also make the occasional map at maps.geotastic.org.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, I sit on the Executive for the AGI, the United Kingdom’s Association for Geographic Information, I'm a founder of the Location Forum, the co-founder of WhereCamp EU and conference chair of W3G.

Despite prevailing wisdom, it's a firm belief of mine that espresso, rare steak, red wine and chocolate really should be considered food groups.

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