About Me

My name is Josh Ryan and I am an interactive cartographer with Axis Maps. I have extensive field experience acquiring data for use in maps and data analysis, primarily in war-zones of Burma/Myanmar. My professional interests are currently focused on interactive online mapping and how it can enhance understanding in crisis situations. I contribute to OSM as a part of the HOT. Continue reading...

My name is Josh Ryan and I am an interactive cartographer with Axis Maps. I focus on programming the interactive elements of our maps, from back-end to front-end, though I dabble in the design from time to time.

Prior to working with Axis Maps, I spent seven years in Asia consulting for Earth Mission. I provided consulting in various fields such as GIS, programming, and IT. I worked in many situations requiring cross-cultural communication and have extensive experience acquiring data for use in data for use in maps and data analysis, primarily in the war-zones of Burma/Myanmar.

I have a Master’s of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) from Penn State. My professional interests are mainly focused (at the moment) on interactive online mapping and how it can enhance understanding in crisis situations. I love Leaflet.  I also contribute to OSM as a part of the HOT (Humanitarian OSM Team).

From 2007-2011 I worked with the Free Burma Rangers. They work in the war zones of Burma. One of the ethnic groups that they work most with is the Karen. The Karen working with the Free Burma Rangers have a tradition of giving friends an animal name. Mine was the Kingfisher.

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Merging NBA data
I play basketball. I’m not that great at offense, so I try to make things up on the defensive end. I’m also a big NBA fan (specifically the Detroit Pistons). Having watched the NBA for a long time now, I’m aware of the derth of good Defensive statistics. Offensive stats have come a long way […]
Ember.js thoughts and impressions
Last weekend I decided to learn Ember.js for a project that I was doing. Below are some of the thoughts and impressions that I had after working with it for a solid 5 days. – If you don’t know anything about MVC, it takes some getting used to. MVC stands for ‘Model-View-Controller’ and it’s a […]
What your map projection says about you
Today I decided to recreate xkcd’s map-based personality test using d3. For a lot of the projections, everything went smooth. For various other projections, not so smooth. Basically, if a projection is interrupted (Goode Homolosine and Waterman Buttefly), or has some funky rotations going on (Peirce Quincuncial and “A [...]