Archaeogeek was born in 2006 as a place for me to record my thoughts and experiences in using open source technologies, primarily GIS, in archaeology. At the time, and for 5 years after, I worked for Oxford Archaeology, the UK’s largest commercial archaeological unit, at their northern office in Lancaster. In 2011 I began working for Astun Technology, deploying web mapping solutions based on an open source stack, and that’s where I’ve stayed ever since.

I am heavily involved with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, formerly as a member of the Board of Directors, now as a Charter Member and the founder and current Chair of the UK Local Chapter. I am passionate about the logic of using open source software, and if you buy me a drink I will pontificate for hours about the weirdness that is proprietary software licensing. Invite me to speak at your event and I will rant slightly less but will illustrate my talk with nice slides.

Outside of work, I prefer the countryside to the city, and the North of the UK to the South. I think London is over-hyped. I like to rock-climb, kayak, scuba-dive, and take pictures along with my web-designer husband and dog (she’s not so keen on the scuba).


The best way to get in touch is probably via twitter.

See my https://about.me/jocook for other contact options.


Old talks in powerpoint format and similar are at Slideshare. More recent ones are at My GitHub Repository.