Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Karran
Full Stack Geo & Web Developer in London, UK
Passionate about open source technologies and projects which can empower their users and help democratise the sharing of information

Career History

  1. Jan 2020 - present
    Lead Developer
    Leading a small team, designing and developing a new insurance tech solution using Laravel and Vue.js to provide shipping companies with instant insurance quotes. Designing and developing a Python microservice using Falcon, Athena and PostgreSQL with PostGIS to perform spatial analysis on historical ship tracking data for client reports. Ongoing backend systems administration and support for the company's web services.
  2. Jan 2012 - Dec 2019
    Full Stack Geo & Web Developer
    Geobits Ltd (founder), London
    Working with Drupal, geospatial and mobile projects as a freelance developer and contractor. Larger projects are listed below, and smaller projects have included a number of Drupal Commerce setups, debugging and improving existing Drupal sites, and building sites for small clients.
  3. Jan 2019 - Dec 2019
    Lead Developer
    Clearwater Dynamics Ltd (contractor), London
    Leading a project to design and develop a big data solution to track all vessels globally using a number of satellite and terrestrial AIS data sources. Providing quality assurance for all data products and services. Designing enhanced data analysis and classification services to build added value for the business. Delivering ad-hoc spatial data analysis and reports for clients. Developing QGIS templates and SQL tutorials and documentation for colleagues to be able to produce custom data analysis and reports more easily and with improved consistency.
  4. Oct 2017 - Dec 2018
    Full Stack Geo & Web Developer
    Clearwater Tracking Ltd (contractor), London
    Delivering continued product enhancement, new feature development, maintenance and support of the vessel tracking system to keep pace with expanding business needs. Working with customers to create tailored solutions on top of the shared platform.
  5. Apr 2016 - Oct 2017
    Full Stack Geo & Web Developer
    BASE Platform (subcontractor), London
    Prototyping and building the BASE Platform project portal using Drupal 8, Leaflet, PostGIS and GeoServer.
  6. Aug 2013 - Oct 2017
    Full Stack Geo & Web Developer
    Clearwater Tracking Ltd (subcontractor), London
    Responsible for all aspects of developing a new comprehensive global vessel tracking system. Working directly with the end client to understand and evolve the project requirements, build a prototype, and then develop and deliver the final product. Developing frontend mapping interfaces, backend integration with multiple APIs, web services and transactional email-based interfaces providing satellite and terrestrial tracking data and 2-way communication with vessels. Using Drupal 7 with a range of custom built modules, Postgres, PostGIS, Leaflet, jQuery, and utilising a range of AWS services.
  7. Feb 2013 - Oct 2017
    Full Stack Geo & Web Developer
    FIND Mapping Ltd (contractor), London
    Building web app prototypes and products as well as maintaining and extending existing in-house web apps to enhance functionality and integrate with 3rd party APIs.
  8. Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
    Mobile App Developer
    Bomb Sight (contractor), London
    Developing a geographically oriented Android mobile app using the PhoneGap framework and Wikitude Augmented Reality library to display historic information about WWII bomb damage in London.
  9. Jan 2012 - Apr 2012
    Drupal Site Builder
    Esri UK Ltd (contractor), Aylesbury
    Building a Drupal 7 website on IIS/SQL Server, including theming and design work, Drupal Commerce setup for event-based bookings, development of WorldPay integration, training team members in content editing, site building and site maintenance.
  10. Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
    Lead Programmer
    Inteeka Ltd, London
    Building Drupal sites including Ubercart e-commerce projects, developing modules for data migration, simplified content management, estate agency related features and other bespoke projects, as well as customising themes for desktop and mobile use, and developing mobile sites and app prototypes. Also responsible for the setup and administration of Linux servers.
  11. Dec 2008 - Dec 2011
    Drupal Developer
    Freelance, London
    Developing a number of Drupal sites including ones for small tourism-related businesses and a charity, a WordPress site for a political blogger, a store locator module for a client with stores UK-wide, and launching with OpenStreetMap data.
  12. Dec 2008 - Dec 2009
    Drupal Consultant
    M.C. Dean, Inc (contractor), London
    Consultancy for projects including large multi-site installations, working on internationalisation of the Drupal interface, data exchange between multiple sites, and mobile platform integration.
  13. Nov 2007 - Dec 2008
    Solution Architect / Senior Software Engineer
    Responsible for technical aspects related to the planning of development activities on the Drupal platform, working closely with customers and colleagues in an international development team to plan and implement projects, and assist with estimating their durations, risks, and resource requirements.
  14. Oct 2005 - Nov 2007
    Software Engineer
    Integrating geographic information tools with Drupal, development, testing and bug fixing of both internal and community modules, as well as site configuration and technical support for a network of sites for government sponsored educational institutions and organisations, e.g.,
  15. Jan 2003 - Oct 2005
    Web Developer
    Website consultancy, custom PHP/MySQL store front development, search engine optimisation and related reporting.
  16. Jun 2002 - Aug 2003
    Web Developer
    Reuters Ltd, London
    Maintenance and development of recruitment marketing websites and HR databases.
  17. Summer & Dec 2001
    Web Developer
    Duke Marketing Ltd, Isle of Man
    Website development, building HTML templates, converting graphic designs into layouts.
  18. Summer 2000
    Junior Web Developer
    PDMS Ltd, Isle of Man
    Building HTML pages, content management and updating HTML templates for government clients.

Voluntary Work & Projects

  1. Jul 2010 - present
    Creator, mapper, marketer & developer
    Building a Drupal site dedicated to furthering the OpenStreetMap project in the Isle of Man
  2. Nov 2005 - present
    Mapper & code contributor
    Enhancing open map data, assisting with the release of Isle of Man Government map data, and developing enhancements for the project's Ruby on Rails website
  3. 2004 - 2005
    Photo Society, UCL
    Building a website with online photo gallery for the members of the society
  4. 2001-2 & 2003-4
    Comms Officer
    LGB Society, UMIST
    Building a database driven website to provide event information.


  1. 2004 - 2005
    MSc Geographic Information Science
    Graduated with Distinction
    Dissertation: Spatial analysis and representation of usage patterns for a web-based service locator system
  2. 2000 - 2004
    BSc Computing and Geography
    Graduated with 2:i
    Final project: Housing locator website built in PHP using a MySQL database with a geographic search tool
  3. 1993 - 2000
    GCSEs and A-Levels
    GCSEs: 3 A (Information Tech, Geography, Maths), 6 B (inc. English) and a C
    A-levels: 2 B (Computing, General Studies), 1 C (Geography), 1 E (Maths Mechanics)


  • Driving licence
  • British citizen
  • Right to work in: Isle of Man, United Kingdom, European Union (TBC)
  • Languages spoken: (mother tongue), (intermediate), (basic)
  • Interests and hobbies: photography, running, cycling, new technologies

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