Patrick Florance

Patrick Florance

(617) 627-4235
Bromfield House
16 Dearborn Rd., Somerville, MA 02144
Research/Areas of Interest:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geospatial technology, the Open Geoportal (OGP), visualization, GPS, cartography, international mapping especially the developing world, humanitarian assistance, open source applications, digital humanities, ecology, data mining, human security, crisis mapping, business intelligence/analytics, geospatial new media, remote sensing, natural disasters, historical modeling, 3D GIS, public health, geospatial social network tools, data science, urban modeling, open data, geospatial data sources, geo portals, web mapping, UAV - Drones, Spatial Data Infrastructure, geospatial education, natural language processing (NLP), text analysis, etc.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, United States
  • Master of Arts, Geography - Geographic Information Science, City University of New York - Hunter College, New York, United States


Patrick Florance is associate director of geospatial technology services at Tufts University, and an adjunct lecturer at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Patrick is also the director of the Open Geoportal project. He directs all geospatial technology services at Tufts and teaches courses and workshops on GIS and international disaster management, GIS for international applications, GIS for public health, GIS for human and animal health, crisis mapping, introduction to GPS for field data collection, and many others.

Patrick recently edited a special “Crisis Mapping” edition of The Journal of Map & Geography Libraries. Patrick has worked as a senior geospatial consultant and project manager on numerous projects and grants relating to international health, natural resources, and disasters over the last ten years. Previously, Patrick was the digital cartography specialist at Harvard University. He has worked in a variety of private, academic, and public environments including New York City Planning.

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