Updated: 2019-11


  • Location: Aldaia, Valencia, Spain
  • e-mail: xurxosanz [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Twitter: @xurxosanz


«To help building a bridge between computer science and geospatial, understanding both worlds and working to get the best of them to create great products.»


  • 2001-2004 Cartography and Geodesy engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)
  • 1997-2001 Surveying engineering, UPV


All things geospatial data, cartography, software engineering and sailing, but maybe showing some of the books on my library may serve :-)

Library: maps and sailing Library: cartography Library: computer science

Work Experience

  • 2019-present Data Engineer at Elastic

    • Data engineering for the Kibana Maps team
  • 2015-2019 Solutions Engineer at CARTO

    • Support Team Manager (since 2016)
    • Pre-sales engineer
    • Developing proofs of concepts, testing integrations, etc.
    • Talks and trainings at all kinds of events about CARTO technologies, Open Data, etc
    • Support and training to partners and enterprise customers
  • 2006-2015 Geospatial consultant at Prodevelop

    • Developer/analyst of web projects: server side components (mainly in Java), OGC and tile servers, front-end development
    • Responsible on the deployment of several GIS projects since 2008
    • Lecturer on FOSS4G technologies
    • 2009-2011 responsible of company social media channels
    • 2008-2009 developer of the company website
    • 2006-2008 developer/analyst of gvSIG ArcIMS, Oracle and Normalization extensions
  • 2008-2012 gvSIG project

    • Technical collaborations manager
    • Coordinator of the gvSIG Technical Steering Committee
    • Member of gvSIG Technical Steering Committee
    • Co-admin of gvSIG social media channels
    • Maintainer of the gvSIG blog, outreach portal and blog aggregator planet
  • 2004-2006 Researcher and lecturer at UPV

    • Researcher on a funded project to study local administration GIS needs
    • Lecturer on UMN MapServer
    • Author of a published MapServer book (in Spanish)

Volunteer experience

  • OpenStreetMap

    • Member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation since 2016
    • Member of the project since 2007
    • More active on advocating (talks, workshops) and HOT promotion
  • OSGeo Foundation

    • Charter Member since 2008
    • Member of the board of Directors from 2013 to 2015
    • Since 2012 co-admin of the OSGeo planet and the mailing list server and Nabble archive
    • gvSIG package maintainer (until 2014) and Spanish Language coordination team member for the OSGeo Live project
    • Member of the Incubation Committee from 2008 to 2012
    • Translator into Spanish of the Website in 2007
  • OSGeo Foundation Spanish Language Local Chapter (OSGeo-ES)

    • Member of the initial group that founded the Local Chapter
    • Member of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012
  • Geoinquietos Valencia

    • Member of the team that coordinates the activities of the group, workshops and talks mainly

    • President of the Spanish Association for Geographical Information Systems since 2016
  • Other volunteering

    • I was part of the Drupal local group in Valencia (DrupalVal, in Spanish)
    • Some years ago I’ve volunteered in environmental projects to fight against forest fires.
    • More recently I’ve helped on marine research about cetaceans on summer camps.


  • I have a driver license and a coastal sailing skipper license (even I can’t call myself a skipper yet) but I don’t own a car nor a boat :-)