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Mr Oliver O'Brien
The Chorley Institute
North West Wing, UCL
Gower Street
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  • Centre Technical Manager
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

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.

Research Summary
14-DEC-2020 Centre Technical Manager Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2019 – 13-DEC-2020 Senior Research Associate Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2014 – 01-SEP-2019 Research Associate Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2010 – 31-AUG-2014 Research Associate CASA UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2008 – 30-JUN-2010 Research Assistant Geography UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2008   Master of Science City, University of London
2003   Master of Physics University of Oxford
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