Established in the Netherlands in 2007, GeoCat offers cutting-edge customized software and services that make publishing geospatial data on the Internet easier and more efficient. Operating in the fast growing market of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) and geospatial-enabled technologies. GeoCat builds sustainable applications following the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) philosophy and open standards.

Therefore, GeoCat has provided successful consulting services and products that contributed to the development of National Spatial Data Infrastructures for The Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, The European Space Agency and many others.

Our Team

Jeroen Ticheler

Jeroen Ticheler

CEO/Owner – Chair and founder of the GeoNetwork opensource

GeoCat was founded by Jeroen Ticheler in 2007. Ticheler studied Tropical Forestry at Wageningen University specialising in GIS and Remote Sensing. Following graduation in 1997, he worked for the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome for nine years. Ticheler held various positions for the FAO in GIS/remote sensing and established the GeoNetwork opensource project. The FAO GeoNetwork is the first implementation based on this software, releasing a large quantity of geospatial data to the public. Today GeoNetwork opensource is accepted as the definitive open source geospatial catalogue application with implementations from smaller projects to national and international level catalogs.

José García

José García Segura

Software Analyst

Jose is a software engineer who has worked mostly in geospatial software development, both with proprietary and open source software solutions. He started working at GeoCat in 2009, where he is involved in software development for several projects using GeoNetwork opensource and GeoCat Bridge. He is a core committer on GeoNetwork opensource. In his spare time he likes watching movies while enjoying a nice Belgium beer.

Jody Garnett

Technical Director

A grounded technologist, Jody loves the impact geospatial solutions can have for our customers and the world. Joining our team from Canada, Jody applies his enthusiasm and customer focus to GeoCat Bridge and GeoServer Enterprise offerings.

Jody graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1997 kick starting a professional career first in Business Intelligence and then GIS Systems. Jody is pleased to have helped organizations worldwide succeed with OGC Standards and open source technology.

Jody has deep roots as an open source community builder and advocate. He serves on the steering committee of the GeoServer, GeoTools and ImageN projects, and as a committer with JTS, GeoGig, uDig and more.  Jody contributes to OSGeo and LocationTech foundations helping teams succeed through an open approach to software development.

When not working Jody can be found enjoying the Vancouver Island lifestyle and its many outdoor activities.

David Blasby software developer GeoCat Bennekom

David Blasby

Software Developer

With over 20 year history in open source GIS, David knew many of GeoCat’s core technologies upon his arrival.

He is the original developer of PostGIS, and has been the engineering lead for GeoServer and GeoGIG. He has wide experience in many development technologies – Java, C#, Python, and Javascript. What drives him is providing products that people love to use and making them “Blastastic” (a cross between “Blasby” and “fan-tastic”).

David loves challenges – even in his free time. He has experience in rock and tree climbing as well as cave diving, and now considering climbing waterfalls. You can’t escape his contagious laughter. When David modestly says something is cool, it’s definitely supercool!

Juan Luis Rodríguez Ponce

Juan Luís Rodríguez Ponce

Software Engineer

Juan Luis is an Open Source enthusiast. He really believes that sharing our knowledge makes the world move forward.

He has been working with open source technologies since he started studying at the university. In the meantime, he has been developing GIS related projects since about 2006 at work. MapServer, GeoServer, routing engines, PostGIS, …

Juan Luis also contributes to OpenStreetMap, a free worldwide map everybody can edit and improve, contributing to Open Knowledge development.

Michel Gabriël

Michel Gabriël

Front End Developer

Michel is a software engineer since 1997. He graduated in Tropical Land and Water Management at Wageningen University and soon specialized in GIS and started programming and building in ArcView Avenue.

He quickly switched from desktop to online geospatial applications, having worked with Mapserver, GeoServer and OpenLayers. Being someone with a keen eye for graphics and layout he moved gradually to front end development. Michel always wants to make complex (geospatial) applications look simple. 

When he is not working he is either traveling, hiking or reading a lot of comic books.

Kees Serier

System Engineer

Kees studied electronics and started in the computer hardware after his graduation and military service. He later changed to system software and C programming. He managed Novell Netware, UNIX System V, AIX, Tru64, HP-UX and Linux since the first public kernel. He preferes to work under Linux with Open Source Applications and has made some contributions to Openstreetmap in the past.

In his free time, he likes photography and managing/editing photos with OSS tools including 3D-CAD, graphical design, programming, reading, music, bicycling and a lot more.

Sander Schaminee

Software Developer

Latest Blog Posts

OGC API sprint – February 2021

OGC API sprint – February 2021

GeoCat had an opportunity to sponsor an event that perfectly captures what we love to do as a company. In February 2021 the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) combined forces with two open source foundations, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), and Open Source...

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Bolsena Code Sprint 2020 WFH Edition

Bolsena Code Sprint 2020 WFH Edition

GeoCat was pleased to organize and participate in one of the first OSGeo Code Sprints of 2020. With the key community sprint deployed, we made the hard choice to move the Bolsena Code Sprint 2020 to an online “work-from-home” format.Open-source from around the world...

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