I’m Tom Fish, a geospatial technologist and (neo)liberal.I spend most of my time working on GIS analysis, data visualizations, and applied research for The DHS Program (vis-à-vis ICF). I also work with the Neoliberal Project as a writer, pollster, and organizer. When I am not doing the work that I am paid to do or political work, you can find me playing card games and writing Wikipedia articles.
Finding the way once is luck. Finding the way twice takes a good map.
My research focused around connecting disparate dataset via geography. I am most interested in how gridded datasets such as rainfall, population, and elevation can be utilized by researchers with minimal error. The fruit of this research is a standardized set of geospatial covariates that are being used by researchers around the world to enhance public health, economic, and demographic research. I have also been an outside subject matter expert for a number of reports and papers to bring in specialized sets of covaraites. If you are interested in colaborating on a piece of research, please ping me. I am always interested to chat about how to best use DHS data.
Our people are torn by infighting. Until the two sides reconcile, our laws can carry no meaning.
I work with the project to conduct a regular straw poll of people in our orbit to figure out who their preferred candidate or candidates are for the 2020 democratic primary. I am, also, a regular contributor to Exponents where I write about the straw poll and other political topics. From time-to-time I host in-person events and meetups for neoliberals/neoliberal-adjacent people in the Washington, DC area.
Knowledge itself is neither good nor evil. Just as the wrong book in the wrong hands could doom all existence, the same book in the right hands could save it.
Other Work and Interests
I’ve been all over this world. I even remember some of those places.
- I enjoy traveling and have been to four continents.
- I like law, particularly copyright law. I have never been to law school, and nothing that I say should be seen as legal advice.
- I (poorly) play Magic: the Gathering competitively, and run the Burn Subreddit. But, I am a fan of all sorts of other tabletop games.
- I sometimes write open source softwear.
- I like men's fashion and clothes. Here are some lookbooks that I like; I call my style Heritage Techwear, and I am influenced by New England prep, workwear, technical outdoor clothing, and Americana. I post on BigMenFashionAdvice.
- I'm a music nerd and have been tracking what I lisen to since 2007. In the last year I have gotten into lo-fi hip hop/chillhop, but I am still an emo kid at heart.