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Joshua Wier

GIS and Full-Stack Web Developer

About me:

HTML5, Sass/SCSS, Typescript, Javascript, Vue, Knockout, Bootstrap, jQuery
Dated experience: Angular, D3.js


Ruby, Rails, Python, Flask, SQLAlchemy, Bash
Dated experience: C#, ASP.NET, Entity Framework, ArcGIS Server, PHP


PostgreSQL, PostGIS, Solr, Redis, S3


Git, Gitlab (including issue management and CI/CD), Webpack, Docker, RSpec, Sentry
Dated experience: TFS, Team City (CI/CD), SpecFlow, Selenium


Blacklight, Mirador viewer, EBSCO Discovery Service API, Chronam, OpenAthens

2021 – current

GALILEO ("GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online") and the Digital Library of Georgia

GALILEO is a statewide project that provides electronic resources to nearly all Georgia libraries — local public libraries, K–12, and academic libraries (including some private institutions). Its flagship website is GALILEO Search, a portal that connects patrons to their libary's subscription-only resources.

Also under the GALILEO umbrella is the Digital Library of Georgia, which (mostly) Georgia libraries and museums use to share their digital collections (digitized manuscripts, maps, newspapers, footage, oral histories, etc.) with the general public. Essentially, GALILEO is how worldwide resources get into Georgia libraries, and the DLG is how Georgia libraries' materials get out to the world.

DLG also operates a second portal, the Civil Rights Digital Library, which we completely rewrote in 2022.

Our small dev team works on both initiatives and is headquartered at the University of Georgia library. In addition our public portals, we maintain complex administrative websites for both initiatives along with many smaller jobs and websites.

2017 – 2020


I left Austin in Spring 2017 for a series of adventures, some I’d been planning for years and others that just materialized:

  • a bicycle tour from Austin to the Big Bend Country and from El Paso to southern Colorado
  • an Appalachian Trail thru-hike
  • a month in Mexico
  • three months in Europe, plus Morocco
  • a year in eastern Tennessee, working for my cabinet-maker/goat-farmer landlord
  • a meandering cross-country bike tour
2012 – 2017

Texas Legislative Council

Starting as an intern and full-time from summer 2013 on, I worked mostly on a team whose purview included mapping, redistricting, and statutes. Most of our work was REST APIs and single-page web apps for internal use, including research tools for legislators and their staffers and workflow tools for the non-partisan attorneys, editors, proofreaders, and GIS techs that keep the capitol running smoothly.

I also wrote an extension for ArcGIS desktop and contributed to desktop Windows apps (WinForms and WPF), iOS apps (Objective-C), and three public-facing websites.

2009 – 2013

Education at the University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering
Bachelor of Science Architectural Studies