[Geowanking] Urban Mapping seeking Data Wrangler
lblake at ksninc.com
Thu Sep 10 07:46:35 PDT 2009
Reminds me of a job I applied for at a cabinet shop quite a few years
ago. They made me go to the back and measure pieces of wood. It was a
good thing my dad taught me how to use a tape measure. (I didn't get the
job at the cabinet shop. It was a good thing Safeway was hiring at the
I wonder if this type of practical testing is more common now that the
job market is in the employer's favor. It makes me glad I still have a
Office Phone Number: (209) 946-0268
Cell Phone Number: (209) 992-0658
From: geowanking-bounces at geowanking.org
[mailto:geowanking-bounces at geowanking.org] On Behalf Of Ian White
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 6:27 PM
To: geowanking at geowanking.org
Subject: [Geowanking] Urban Mapping seeking Data Wrangler
Apologies for the crass commercial intent behind this note, but the only
place worth fishing is where the fish are...
Despite challenging economic times, we're on the hunt for somebody new.
If this sounds like you, please consider yourself a candidate! Urban
Mapping is looking for a recent CS/EECS/CogSci/SymSys graduate with 1-2
years professional experience, solid academic background and experience
working with large-scale datasets, databases, geodata and maps. You
understand good software design, can build robust tools and know how get
things done with magic on the UNIX command line or scripts. You are
confident in your skills and potential, know when to RTFM, and aren't
afraid to ask questions.
Urban Mapping is an established startup (read: we have paying customers)
in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood. Our innovative work with
geospatial data and technology is always presenting new challenges.
Currently, we need help to create and manage a massive datastore of geo-
and related data. You will work in engineering as the de facto Data
Wrangler but enjoy the entrepreneurial challenge and will find many
areas to shine and learn.
- Linux, shell scripting
- Intermediate to advanced SQL
- Very confident in one of: Python, Ruby, C, Perl, Java
- Exposure to GIS and geospatial tools
- Attention to detail
The ideal candidate will:
- Have FOSSG experience: PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GeoDjango, OSM
- Know rendering and tiling tools (TileCache, Mapnik)
- Understand cartography, projections, etc.
- Server-side web development experience
- Python/Django guru
If this sounds of interest, please visit our blog to learn a bit more
about us: urbanmapping.com/blog. This is a full time position with
salary, health insurance, other benefits (Fri lunch on the company,
occasional outings/retreats) and equity compensation. To apply, send
your solutions the following two problems, resume and a cover letter to
talent at urbanmapping.com. Credit given for effort, and incomplete
submissions will be ignored.
Problem #1 - Show code to extract a list of unique IPs/apikey pairs from
a log with following format:
napi.urbanmapping.com 126.96.36.199 - - [09/Sep/2009:10:43:11 -0700]
212&format=xml&apikey=8k3pent5qzztwn HTTP/1.0" 200 1105 "-" "Drupal
(+http://drupal.org/)" "Basic" getNeighborhoodsByLatLng 1
tapi.urbanmapping.com 188.8.131.52 - - [09/Sep/2009:10:44:44 -0700] "GET
1000&transit_system_id=&apikey=a2de289b1a93a8541f998 HTTP/1.0" 200 2434
"-" "Pingdom.com_bot_version_1.4_(http://www.pingdom.com/)" "Proximity"
Problem #2 - You have a dataset of geographic boundaries (Census Blocks)
which aggregate demographic statistics. You want to estimate the same
statistics for an arbitrary polygonal region. Describe a process for
calculating these stats and discuss any problems with your solution.
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