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.
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 Segura
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.
Paul van Genuchten
Paul has been a software engineer in geospatial (web) development since 1999. Some statements that describe Paul’s passion:
- A fancy technical solution fails if it lacks a good interface.
- WMC & OWSContext are new versions of the traditional printed map.
- The concepts of Linked data might be able to finally cross the geo to regular ICT boundaries.
- Why choose Free and Open Source Software? FOSS is fun and as a manager you want your coworkers to have fun in what they do! (Paul Ramsey)
- Metadata without data is a shame, data without metadata is garbage.
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.
Juan Luís Rodríguez Ponce
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.
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.
Víctor Olaya Ferrero
Victor likes to create useful tools. To him, developing software is a way to educate people. And, quite rare for a programmer, he is fond of writing documentation and technical books.
Victor has a background in forest engineering and hydrology, but when he discovered GIS he found his passion, as this adds programming to cartography, that he typifies as a blend of engineering; and he loves programming. One of his virtues is that he can provide quick solutions to problems.
With over 20 year history in open source GIS, David knew many of GeoCat’s core technologies upon his arrival (January 2020).
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!
Latest Blog Posts
We’re delighted to share the next Feature release of GeoNetwork and GeoServer Enterprise, named 2020.5. The release was scheduled to arrive in spring 2020. Unfortunately the release has been delayed by various factors, amongst others the Covid crisis. In this...
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...
What is GeoServer for and how to use it? Jody Garnett of GeoCat takes you through the GeoServer basics in this presentation, recorded at FOSDEM 2020 in February in Brussels. A look at what makes GeoServer a succes and the technology stack that makes it possible....