About

frankcal2Frank launched At These Coordinates in September 2017 in order to get a fresh start with blogging; previously he had run Gothos: A Geospatial Librarian’s World at gothos.info since 2008. At These Coordinates covers topics related to geospatial data: any data that can be tied to location and place. Posts cover topics like geographic information systems (GIS), spatial databases, scripting, census data, data sources, and maps of course.

Frank became the new GIS and Data Librarian at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in February 2021. He previously served as the Geospatial Data Librarian at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) from 2007 to 2021. He supports members of his university with navigating geospatial and demographic data sources and using GIS software, and provides research consultations, teaches workshops, processes and creates data, and maintains repositories of GIS data. Frank has been using GIS for over twenty years and was an early proponent of free and open source GIS software in academia. His FOSS stack includes QGIS, PostGIS, Spatialite, and Python. He is an expert in government datasets and has published a book on using U.S. census data for research.

A native Delawarean with roots in Philadelphia, he and his wife recently migrated from the very northern tip of Manhattan to the Ocean State. After settling in, he hopes to return to his habits of meditating, guzzling coffee (though not at the same time), listening to his collection of vinyl, reading books that cover anything from medieval history to hard-boiled crime fiction, reluctantly running, and roaming paths and hills of leafy green parks.