Mapper since: December 04, 2012 | Contributor terms: Accepted over 2 years ago

Hello world! My name is Nate Wessel.

A little about me

I hate cars, love cities, ride bikes, and enjoy doing things that I've never done before. Much of my time is filled up by eagerly making maps of one sort or another, but I also spend a lot of time reading philosophy, sewing, and making a public nuisance of myself.

My undergrad is in Urban Planning, and I'm currently getting my masters in geography at the University of Cincinnati. Particular foci on quantitative analysis of transporation systems and cartographic design. Any PhD advisors out there?

I'm also a freelancing cartographer, under the name Vesalius Design, and I'm always looking for new clients to keep me in the money :-)

What I'm working on at the moment

  • My thesis. Basically using scheduled and real-time transit data to answer the question: where and when is schedule padding? Or more accurately, how could we answer that question if we had the data that we do have?
  • I often armchair-map random things when I need a distraction or a break from thinking. Usually I'll fly out to the TIGER badlands and just start fixing things because it's so easy.

Some past projects using open spatial data

  • The Cincinnati Bike Map, which was based almost entirely on OSM. I did quite a bit of editing to massage the data into shape for this one.
  • A while back, I was intrigued by the spatial distribution of crosswalks and cul-de-sacs so you may noticed I've added a couple thousand of those.
  • I'm that guy who made the Cincinnati transit map.
  • I also write the Cincinnati Transit Blog, which has lately become an outlet for my ongoing work in transportation geography more generally.