About Me


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.

Geospatial Work

Finding the way once is luck. Finding the way twice takes a good map.

My work sits between those of a traditional GIS analyst, developer, and cartographer. Because of this, I don't have a particularly normal day. Some days I am producing maps for survey reports, atlases, and research reports. Other days I am validating the location of where questions were asked in one our surveys. Still other days, I am working with researchers to assess the data quality of survey data with GIS or solve research questions with disparate datasets. I thrive being the utility man on a small team with a wide variety of tasks.

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.

Political Work

Our people are torn by infighting. Until the two sides reconcile, our laws can carry no meaning.

I work with an idiosyncratic and ragtag group of people known as the Neoliberal Project. The project is somewhat unrelated to the classical definition of neoliberal; we self-identify as neoliberal because it is what our critics to the left called us when we first appeared on Twitter and Reddit. We are a group of, mostly, millennials and zoomers who are interested in free markets, a robust social safety net, free trade, social justice, and pragmatic policies.

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.

Wikipedia

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.

I am an active volunteer on Wikipedia where I serve as an administrator, functionary, and Arbitration Committee Clerk. Between January 2015 and December 2016, I served a two-year term as a member of the Arbitration Committee. Most of my contributions have been administrative, but I have also written about protesting religious brothers and sisters, (Appalachian) folk music, and Norman Rockwell paintings.

Other Work and Interests

I’ve been all over this world. I even remember some of those places.

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Blog and Standard Disclaimer

For a while, I maintained a blog on this domain. Most all of the content was the cringy writings of a college student. A few of the posts live here, the rest exist in the ethereal of the internet archive. The content of my musings (either here, on Wikipedia, or on Twitter) are own, and do not speak for my my employer(s), my school(s), or any other person, body, or organizations.
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