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Robin Wilson

Robin Wilson

SSI fellow



Satellite imaging; Geographic Information Systems; Air pollution; Open-source geographic software; Reproducible research; Software citation


I am currently a freelance data scientist and software developer, working principally with geographic data. My background is in academia, and I have a PhD from the University of Southampton in atmospheric remote sensing (satellite imaging) and my undergraduate degree was in Geography.

I am active in open-source development, and have developed a Python interface to an important atmospheric radiative transfer model which is widely used and has been cited over 60 times (Py6S - I have been involved in various reproducibility efforts including developing recipy ( and originating the CITATION file concept.

My freelance work has included consulting, training and development around Py6S, interactive mapping and graphing of real-time air quality data and large-scale analysis of mobile phone data for humanitarian purposes. I still work closely with academic colleagues on a variety of projects.

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