The Geospatial Analytics and Computing Research Group

Mr Oliver O'Brien

Mr Oliver O'Brien

Centre Technical Manager

Dept of Geography

Faculty of S&HS

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2008

Research summary

Please see http://oobrien.com/about-me/


City, University of London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2008
University of Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Physics | 2003


Oliver is a researcher and software developer at the UCL Department of Geography, where he investigates and implementing new ways to visualise spatial data, including mapping of open demographic and socioeconomic datasets, particularly London-focused ones, using OpenLayers. In the past he’s analysed educational geodemographics, UK census data and London travel flows, and created a number of popular visualisations such as CityDashboard, the Bike Share Map and the London Tube Stats Map. Formerly a financial software programmer, he studied for an MSc in GIS at City University London, and joined UCL in 2008, working at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and in Geography. In his leisure time he contributes to the OpenStreetMap project, which aims to create a free Wikipedia-style map of the whole world, as well as competing in and organising orienteering races. He blogs at oobrien.com and co-edits mappinglondon.co.uk.