about me

I’m a Developer Advocate and Open Data Lead at IBM Analytics. I specialize in all things geospatial, hacking on analytics using R and Spark/iPython notebooks and building software in NodeJS, Python, Java and PHP. Currently, I’m driven to make CDS the best place to obtain and exploit comprehensive, curated open data sets for business. Raj pioneered Web mapping-as-a-service in the late 1990s with Syncline, a startup he co-founded. After that he finished his PhD in Urban Planning at MIT, exploring the potential of web services to power urban information systems.

Prior to joining IBM in 2014, I was a Director of Interoperability Programs for OGC where I managed multi-vendor software prototyping projects that develop collaborative, interoperable spatial information ecosystems. One of my passions there is shepherding OGC’s mass market efforts to better align geospatial standards with the general IT industry. My bigger projects there were OWS-9 and OpenPOIs, a global catalog of points of interest data, indexing and linking web data about every public and commercial place in the world in the OpenPOIs Registry.

Past projects include efforts to improve information exchange in the building industry at early design stage, and the development of GeoRSS, Geosynchronization, and conformance testing procedures for OGC’s web services and encoding standards. I have a PhD in Planning Information Systems and a Master’s in City Planning from MIT, and an undergraduate degree in Economics.

My old MIT city planning grad school web site still has some interesting pre-2004 stuff on it, including my dissertation, Collaborative Urban Information Systems: A Web Services approach.