My name is John McCrae I am currently based in Cambridge UK.
I have always viewed spatial data and related software as a means to connect people and share the world we live in. Living in South Africa, I learned much about the challenges associated with limited access to technology and funding and was part of an initiative to reduce these limitations. Naturally, I found myself being drawn towards Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G).
I currently work for a private consulting company and apply these same values to my efforts, guiding corporate strategy in the direction of open source technologies, not only because it is at the heart of what I do, but because it makes business sense and gives us a competitive advantage.
denelius the website started as a way to give back to the community that has provided me with so much. The idea is to provide a collection of resources and code snippets that I have found useful in day-to-day spatial/web development.
denelius the profile came about in late autumn of 2000. I attended a half day geospatial conference at the Geological Society on Piccadilly, a beautiful location with numerous portraits of historical figures who had made a contribution to the field of Geology over the years. One of these portraits in particular caught my eye, a gentleman by the name of Danalius, a name which was to become the inspiration for my now online profile denelius.