Alex Leith

Alex is a certified spatial professional with extensive experience in software development, DevOps and project management. Alex is a founding director of OSGeo Oceania and has spent time volunteering for the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute, GovHack, GeoRabble and gets paid in stickers to do GeoHipster interviews. When not writing code, or at least talking to people about writing code, he shares care of his three kids and loves a great craft beer. Alex works at Geoscience Australia leading a team of developers building open source software that enables people to more easily work with Earth observation data.

What I do

GIS Stuff

  • Map creation
  • Spatial analysis
  • Batch processing and automation
  • Web mapping and visualisation
  • Regular old desktop GIS

Software Stuff

  • Full stack development
  • Web mapping and visualisation
  • Agile project management
  • Cloud native engineering
  • Docker and Kubernetes for DevOps

Code Stuff

  • Python on the backend
  • JavaScript on the frontend
  • Bash scripting for when Python is too heavy
  • Git, GitOps and continuous integration
  • Jupyter for a little data science

What I've Done

TODO: Add some of these that aren't 10 years old!

Honours Thesis: Urban Growth Modelling

Urban Housing Growth Model

Development and implementation of a model of urban housing growth for Kingborough and later the Greater Hobart region. You can download a copy of Alex Leith's Urban Housing Growth Model thesis here.

Crash Maps for GeoNext Hack Competition 2015

Alex's Crash Map

An exploration of Victorian crash data. Check out the crash maps here.

Interactive Planning Scheme Web-Map

Glenorchy Planning Scheme

An interactive map was developed and used for four Tasmanian councils to present their draft zoning maps. You can view Glenorchy City Council's Draft Interim Planning Scheme here.

Graffiti Data Capture

Graffiti in Glenorchy

Research and deployment of a simple forms based system, Open Data Kit, to capture information about graffiti for Glenorchy City Council. This one made the news! And you can see the resulting Graffiti in Glenorchy map here.

NRM Web-Map

NRM Regions Map

This is just a little web-map, but it uses some nice stuff! There's TopoJSON used to store the vector data, which means small file sizes and retaining interactivity, and Leaflet for the mappy bits. Check it out: NRM Regions Map.

Hobart Population Graph

Hobart Population Change

An exploratory graph that shows population by dependency ratio, which is where there are a higher proportion of people in young or older age groups, by suburb for greater Hobart.


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