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Seeing the World as a Network – John Spencer

by on October 1, 2014

spencer-2010John Spencer is the person who brought GIS (geographic information systems) mapping to the Project. He says he may have become interested in geography because his family moved around a lot as he was growing up. GIS was just gaining popularity when he entered college at West Virginia University. So he studied geography at WVU, then medical geography for a masters at UNC. In 1998 he started his first GIS-related job with the Carolina Population Center (CPC), the UNC home of MEASURE Evaluation. A year later he was applying GIS to the Project. The application of GIS tools really took off in Phase III. John helped build GIS capacities in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Kenya and Madagascar. He led several workshops and training of trainers.

John is married to Julie, who works as a psychotherapist. Their daughter, Leah, was born last November. Apart from playing with Leah, John enjoys photography. He has also been teaching himself R (a programming language) and JavaScript for 3D mapping.

John shared this photo with a cheetah. I think it was taken during a break in the filming of this video clip of John and the cheetah.


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