FortiusOne is hiring - help build GeoCommons

gc_logo.png Excited about the GeoWeb? Want to help build the next generation social mapping tools and work on some really awesome technology?

The GeoCommons team is expanding and we're looking for some cutting-edge developers and designers to join us. We're using a wide range of technologies to build an easy-to-use and incredibly powerful geodata sharing, visualization, and collaboration platform that is being used in organizations from the government, to enterprise, to international NGO's, to local communities and groups.

gustav_maker_storm_surge.jpgWith GeoCommons, we're integrating Neogeography with GIS to provide powerful tools to users: if you can make it fun on the web where users aren't required to stay, then customers will love you. And by integrating with other tools that each user is comfortable with, whether it is Excel, Notepad, GoogleEarth, or ArcGIS Desktop and QGIS; we help bring GeoCommons to them rather than making them come to GeoCommons. We're also pushing the next generation of GeoWeb standards: KML, GeoRSS, GeoJSON, and making them more powerful and supported. These are ideas we started with Mapufacture and are quickly integrating with Finder!, Maker! and the rest of the GeoCommons suite.

As a part of our team, you would investigate large-scale data sharing and linking, geospatial and data visualization mechanisms and tool development, web native API integration and community building. We're working with many other groups in the open-source as well as GIS communities to help integrate data and tools to broadly disseminate all this quality data that has otherwise been inaccessible and make it easy to visualize and use in decision-making.

We're looking for developers with real programming chops - you should be comfortable considering Mongrel and Nginx versus Passenger, know when to use unobtrusive Javascript or call ActionScript Flash hooks, have played with ActiveMQ and Stomp, beanstalkd, Starling or other queueing systems, read technology news and blogs and preferably have a site yourself where you share your experiences and code with the world. We're looking for community members and developers that like working in teams, attending programming groups, and are comfortable sharing their ideas. We encourage you to have hobbies and side projects - we've built quite a few 'lab' tools ourselves such as context-free music and touchscreen whiteboards. And you don't have to be an Apple user, but it helps.

Welcome to Washington, DC

Air Force MemorialFortiusOne is located in Arlington, VA - directly above the Courthouse Metro on the Orange line into DC, and a short walk into the district directly. The DC area is on an incredible spike of growing technology community. Where else can you live in a "metro area" that encompasses at least 3 states, all of which are metro accessible? The area is also renowned for it's bike accessibility. The recent election has cast a spotlight on the future of technology in the government with President-Elect Obama's initiative. The upcoming inauguration is sure to be an incredibly historic event and you could be here to help map it.

As for the community, there are at least three Ruby-specific groups, a NOVALang where learning new programming languages is the prime objective, RefreshDC, TwinTech, and one of the most open governments to geodata standards and sharing. We're also quite big fans of the local beer selection and hard to beat the food variety.

Let us know

So if this sounds exciting to you, and you're interested in joining the team - please let us know! You can also check out the formal listing.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.