Inaugural Post – At These Coordinates

Greetings and welcome to At These Coordinates. After ten years of blogging at I decided it was time to start fresh. I’m still going to be covering similar topics – geospatial data, data sources, scripting, GIS, the Census – but wanted to do a reboot for a few reasons.

  1. I’m at the beginning of a transition period. I’ve just started a year-long sabbatical to write a book on US Census data, and I’m hoping this and some other projects will lead me to new horizons. So it seems like a fitting time to start something new.
  2. ¬†Looking back at my old site, I had written some thorough and detailed technical posts that helped many folks and helped me to keep track of what I did, but I’ve come to realize they were often missing something important: my voice. I’m hoping to express more of my own thoughts and opinions in these new pages, and perhaps I’ll invite some others to contribute too.
  3. I was using a web service provider and a separate domain name registry, which was overkill for me. Using is more straightforward and better fits my needs.

I’ve brought over a few of my most recent posts and some greatest hits from my old blog, and assigned them to the category (which is why there are posts here that are older than this inaugural post). Gothos will vanish in January 2018 but is preserved in the Internet Archive. From here on out it will be new territory. Here we go!