Mapper for print and the web. Designer for clear, simple visual communication. Passionate about working with those interested in using maps to achieve their own goals.

  • Ryan Cooper
  • Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  • ryancooper729@gmail.com
  • 317.431.4871
  • www.ryan-m-cooper.com


  • GIS TechnicianApril 2014 - Present

    Georgetown-Scott County Planning Commission

    Maintained local thematic and parcel datasets for Scott County, collaborated with citizens, business partners, and public officials to create custom print and web map products, designed and maintained new GSCPC website, developed educational materials to help residents use mapping technology, worked with planners to develop and visualize a proposed county-wide trail network, presented on web mapping at professional conferences

  • Asset Information TechnicianDecember 2013 - April 2014

    Kentucky Utility

    Mapped installation and removal of distribution services and meters in the Lexington and Midway KU service areas using Smallworld, ensured the accuracy of the distribution services with regular field checks ensured service location and connectivity accuracy by synthesizing information from field work and online research, adhered to departmental best practices to maintain consistency in LG&E-KU's distribution databases.

  • Teaching AssistantAugust 2011 - May 2013

    Department of Geography, University of Kentucky

    Led weekly discussion sections and provided individual support for introductory GIS/digital mapping courses, provided technical support for undergraduate/graduate students involved in GIS-based community partnership projects, developed and coordinated course curriculum in cooperation with fellow teaching assistants and professors.

  • Teaching AssistantAugust 2010 - May 2011

    Department of Geography, Ball State University

    Led weekly lab and provided individual support for introductory physical geography class, developed supplemental academic materials for students

  • Geography & German TutorAugust 2007 - May 2009, August 2010 - May 2011

    Learning Center, Ball State University

    Assisted clients with course work for undergraduate physical and human geography courses, assessed client progress, adapted tutoring sessions based on client progress and learning style.

  • Information & Media SpecialistAugust 2009 - May 2010

    Institute for European Studies, Indiana University - Bloomington

    Developed Access-based media library check-out system, maintained media library, edited and created content for quarterly newsletter.


  • maptimeLEXSeptember 2014 - Present

    Founder, Organizer

    Organized monthly meetups for beginner-centric mapping workshops, developed and presented workshops on open source mapping technology, solicited the talents of local mappers and developers to present on their areas of expertise

  • Lexington Housing ProjectJuly 2015 - Present

    Data & Mapping Specialist

    Scraped and cleaned property and ownership records from the Fayette County PVA website, mapped connections between ownership and vacant properties in Lexington


  • University of KentuckyAugust 2011 - May 2013

    Master of Arts, Geography

    Thesis: Re-Placing Sprawl: Mapping Place in an American Suburb

    Research Focus: GIS, place identity, digital mapping technologies

  • Ball State UniversityAugust 2010 - May 2011


    Research Focus: Critical GIS, GIS in Community-University partnership

  • Indiana UniversityAugust 2009 - June 2010

    Institute for European Studies

    Research Focus: Post-WWII Dutch history, culture, and geography

  • Ball State UniversityAugust 2005 - May 2009

    Bachelor of Arts, Geography
    Bachelor of Arts, German

GIS & Mapping

  • Desktop GIS

    • ArcGIS 9.3/10.x
    • QGIS 2.x
    • Smallworld
  • Database

    • ArcSDE
    • ArcGIS for Server
    • PostrgreSQL/PostGIS
  • Mapping Libraries

    • Leaflet
    • mapbox.js
    • cartooDB.js
    • esri-leaflet.js
    • Google Maps JS API
  • Mapping Platforms

    • TileMill/Mapbox Studio
    • CartoDB
    • ArcGIS Online


  • Web

    • HTML/CSS
    • JavaScript/jQuery
    • Bootstrap
    • WiX
    • Jekyll
  • Scripting

    • Ruby
    • Python
    • R
  • Version Control

    • Git/GitHub


  • Vector Graphics

    • Inkscape
    • Adobe Illustrator
    • DrawPlus X5
  • Raster Graphics

    • GIMP2
    • Adobe Photoshop
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A selection of my work

Contact info

  • Lexington, Kentucky, USA

  • Email: ryancooper729@gmail.com
  • Phone: 317.431.4871
  • Website: www.ryan-m-cooper.com
  • Twitter: @maptastik