RYAN COOPER

GIS | DESIGN | COMMUNITY

Mapper for print and the web. Designer for clear, simple visual communication. Passionate about helping communities realize their missions.

Employment

  • GIS TechnicianApril 2014 - Present

    Georgetown-Scott County Planning Commission - Georgetown, KY
    • Collaborate with various public departments and citizenry to create custom print and web mapping solutions.
    • Update and maintain Scott County geodata including parcel boundaries, E911 addresses, zoning, and transportation.
    • Provide data analysis and visualization support for planning staff for grant applications, county-wide Bike/Pedestrian plan, and 2016 Comprehensive Plan.
    • Produce project templates, basemaps, and scripts to increase project efficiency.
    • Manage the department’s web and social media presence.
  • Asset Information TechnicianDecember 2013 - April 2014

    Kentucky Utility - Lexington, KY
    • Mapped the installation and removal of electrical distribution services for the Lexington and Midway services areas.
    • Field-checked existing services to for quality assurance.
  • Teaching AssistantAugust 2011 - May 2013

    Department of Geography, University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
    • 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 partnerships.
    • Developed and coordinated course curriculum in cooperation with fellow teaching assistants and professors.

Projects

  • Leadership Scott CountySeptember 2016 - Present

    Leadership Development
    • Participated in monthly field trips with classmates to learn from various community leaders.
    • Led information gathering and writing of the class project proposal.
  • Lexington Housing ProjectJuly 2015 - January 2017

    Civic Activism
    • Provided data extraction and visualization support for a group of Lexington citizens analyzing local property development and its implications for the local social, economic, and political landscape
  • maptimeLEXSeptember 2014 - January 2017

    Outreach
    • Founded, organized, and contributed to regular, beginner-friendly meetups targeted at helping those interested in learning cartographic concepts, tools, and techniques.
    • Led a collaboration with OpenLexington to import Lexington’s building footprints into OpenStreetMap.

Education

  • 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

    Geography

    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

Geospatial Skills

  • Desktop GIS

    • ArcGIS 10.x
    • QGIS 2.x
    • ArcGIS Pro
  • Web Mapping

    • Leaflet
    • MapboxJS
    • Esri-Leaflet
    • Carto
    • ArcGIS Online
    • Google Maps JS API
    • Mapzen
  • Database

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

    • Mapshaper
    • ArcPy
    • OGR/GDAL
  • OSM Tools

    • iD Editor
    • JOSM
    • Overpass Turbo

Programming

  • Web

    • HTML/CSS
    • JavaScript/jQuery
    • Bootstrap
    • Wix
    • Jekyll
    • WordPress
  • Scripting

    • Python
    • Ruby
    • R
  • Development Tools

    • Git/GitHub
    • Atom Editor
    • Sublime Text 2
  • Design

    • Vector Graphics

      • Inkscape
      • Adobe Illustrator
    • Raster Graphics

      • GIMP2
      • Canva

    Professional Organizations

    • North American Cartographic Society

      • May 2015 - Present
    • Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals

      • April 2014 - Present
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A selection of my work

Contact info

  • RTP, North Carolina, USA

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