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About the Community

The Spatial Community is a Slack-based community of over 6,600 geospatial enthusiasts: developers, GIS professionals, students, and hobbyists all coming together to share a common interest in all things spatial. With members from all over the world, The Spatial Community is a global geo-party with round-the-clock activity.

Whether you're looking to get answers or offer support, or just have a casual conversation with fellow geo-geeks, there's a home for you in The Spatial Community. A dedicated #python or #postgis fan? There's a channel for that. Interested in joining a geospatial #bookclub? We've got that covered. Looking to unwind from a long day in the spatial analysis trenches with some #videogames or #food? We've got that too.

Sound like fun? Join us today!

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Ready to join the community? Read our Code of Conduct, then request an invitation to the Slack team below

Code of Conduct

Agreeing to common ground set forth in our Code of Conduct is part of what makes our group a community. To participate in The Spatial Community, we ask everyone to agree to this code.

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Meet the Admins

Contrary to popular belief, The Spatial Community is not run solely by a collection of Slack bots. Meet the admins who work hard behind the scenes to keep everything humming along smoothly.

Recent or Upcoming Events

Check back often - new events posted regularly!

  • 2018 Conference Giveaways

    2018 giveways have so far included OpenStreetMap US State of the Map and the Esri Developer summit!

  • 2018 Ask Me Anything Series

    • Steve Pousty Director of Developer Advocacy at Red Hat. Feb 16, 2018 @ 10AM PST.
    • Ryan John King Co-founder, CEO of FOAM, entrepreneur in proof of location protocol. Feb 23, 2018 @ 9AM PST.

Past Events

  • Feb 2018

    Conference Giveaway:
    Esri Dev Summit 2018

    Esri sponsored one registration to the Developer Summit and additional swag for 2nd place!

  • Feb 16 2018

    AMA: Steve Pousty

    Ask Me Anything with Steve Pousty, Director of Developer Advocacy at Red Hat, formerly of deCarta, Esri dev, PhD in Ecology and much more! Thanks to @TheSteve0!

  • Jun 1 2017

    Conference Giveaway:
    FOSS4G Boston 2017

    The FOSS4G Local Organizing Committee sponsored one registration to FOSS4G in Boston and >sparkgeo covering the entrance fee to the Gala event

  • Apr 7 2017

    Conference Giveaway:
    PyCon 2017

    Mapbox sponsored one registration to PyCon 2017 in Portland, Oregon

  • Mar 14 2017


    Azavea's President & CEO Robert Cheetham, VP of Engineering Matt McFarland, and Community Ambassador Dan Ford.

  • Jan 27 2017

    Conference Giveaway:
    Esri's Developer Summit

    Esri sponsored one free registration to the Esri Developer Summit in Palm Springs, CA on March 7-10, 2017

  • Nov 17 2016

    Boundless's Andy Dearing

  • Nov 7 2016

    Carto's Javier de la Torre

  • Oct-Dec 2016


    First annual "Secret Santa" for members of The Spatial Community. Join the channel for more information

  • April 19 2016

    ESRI's Andrew Turner & John Gravois

  • March 15 2016

    Digital Globe's Shay Har-Noy

  • November 3 2015

    James Fee

  • September 22 2015

    Mapbox's Tom Macwright and Eric Gunderson

  • September 2 2015

    What3Words' Gary Gale

Meet our Admins

The humans behind the bots

Martin Bentley


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Ted Chapin


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Madison Draper


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Francois Goulet


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Nick Santos


If you ever need help, or have a community-related question, always feel free to reach out to one or all of us in Slack. We're here to support you & make The Spatial Community awesome, together.

Special thanks to our retired admins:

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Erik Friesen


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Kathryn Killebrew


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Richard Law


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Langdon Sanders


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Kate Clark


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Sara Safavi


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Kyle Morgan


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Stephen Smith


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Daniel Smith


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Will Cadell


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Julien Jacques