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I am a cartographer and developer interested in telling the stories of communities through maps and technology.

Recent Articles

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How to Create a Featured Image Template for a Jekyll Blog Site

October 1, 2018


This brief tutorial reviews how to create a blog post featured image template file for the Jekyll static site generator platform.

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Announcing the Python for ArcGIS Course

August 8, 2018


The Python for ArcGIS course is now available through Harrisburg Area Community College. I share the course outline, a sample video lesson, and a sample script.

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Are You Thinking About Your Map Users?

July 19, 2018


It is important for us to consider how people are using the printed maps and web map applications we develop. I share some thoughts on this topic, as well as examples of how I do this.

Featured Projects

Esri Shortlist Story Map Customizations

screen shot of an Esri Shortlist Story Map web map application

This GitHub repository includes the customizations I've made to the Esri Shortlist Story Map application. Two of the enhancements include a dynamic map legend and last data update text.

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Camp Swatara Hiking Trails Map

Camp Swatara hiking trails map

Camp Swatara is a family and summer camp located in southeastern Pennsylvania. The focus of this project was redesigning the hiking trails map with more accurate mapping of the trails.

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PaMAGIC Website

screenshot of the PaMAGIC website

I led the development of the PaMAGIC website on the Drupal platform. I am the primary website admin, handling website updates and user management.

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