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Matt Forrest

Matt Forrest
Matt Forrest is the Field CTO at CARTO and has been working with geospatial technology and data for the past 10+ years. He is passionate about all things geospatial, with a mission to enable others to use modern GIS and spatial SQL to help improve their work and advance their careers.
Why use Data Warehouses for Geospatial Analysis

Why use Data Warehouses for Geospatial Analysis

Why use BigQuery, Snowflake, Redshift & Databricks for geospatial analysis? Explore with a real-life example.

Cloud Native
Map Tiles: Everything You Need To Know

Map Tiles: Everything You Need To Know

An introduction to map tiles: a method for visualizing big spatial data, including a guide for generating map tiles with Spatial SQL.

Cartography & Visualization
CARTO Workflows are here: no code spatial analysis

CARTO Workflows are here: no code spatial analysis

Introducing CARTO Workflows - a no code tool for processing and analyzing spatial data! Unlock spatial analysis without needing to know SQL or Python.

Spatial Analytics
3 ways to load geospatial data into Redshift

3 ways to load geospatial data into Redshift

Looking to load geospatial data into Amazon Redshift? Find out how to do this using Python, GDAL, Airbyte & dbt.

Cloud Native
Why you should stop using Tableau & Power BI for spatial analysis

Why you should stop using Tableau & Power BI for spatial analysis

Business Intelligence tools aren’t optimal for spatial analysis. Discover alternatives to Tableau & Power BI.

Spatial Analytics
Introducing CARTO Workflows: Spatial analytics for all users

Introducing CARTO Workflows: Spatial analytics for all users

CARTO Workflows provides a complete user interface for spatial analysis that leverages the power of spatial SQL and cloud data warehouses.

Spatial Analytics
Data warehouses vs. GPU accelerated analytics for geospatial analysis

Data warehouses vs. GPU accelerated analytics for geospatial analysis

We explore the benefits of using data warehouses with spatial capabilities over GPU accelerated analytics for geospatial analysis.

Cloud Native
CARTO and Google Cloud Announce Climate Insights for Infrastructure

CARTO and Google Cloud Announce Climate Insights for Infrastructure

Today, we are proud to announce in conjunction with Google Cloud, the availability of an innovative climate insights offering for infrastructure.

Cloud Native
Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis

Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis

Uncover deeper insights beyond ZIP codes with geospatial analysis. Explore the limitations of ZIP codes and discover alternatives for spatial understanding.

Spatial Analytics
How Location Intelligence improves trade area coverage during retail mergers and acquisition

How Location Intelligence improves trade area coverage during retail mergers and acquisition

Retail mergers and acquisitions are driving revenue increases, and in this post learn why retail analysts rely on Location Intelligence when making consolidation decisions.

Use cases
What is Supply Chain Network Design and How Does It Work?

What is Supply Chain Network Design and How Does It Work?

This grocery chain has 1,110 stores served by 8 distribution centers. We used location intelligence to optimize their supply chain, saving $1.1M in fuel and time costs.

Spatial Analytics
Find and fix underperforming retail markets with spatial data models

Find and fix underperforming retail markets with spatial data models

Discover why retailers are building market performance models with Location Intelligence in our latest post

Spatial Data Science
Why use Data Warehouses for Geospatial Analysis

Why use Data Warehouses for Geospatial Analysis

Why use BigQuery, Snowflake, Redshift & Databricks for geospatial analysis? Explore with a real-life example.

Cloud Native
Map Tiles: Everything You Need To Know

Map Tiles: Everything You Need To Know

An introduction to map tiles: a method for visualizing big spatial data, including a guide for generating map tiles with Spatial SQL.

Cartography & Visualization
CARTO Workflows are here: no code spatial analysis

CARTO Workflows are here: no code spatial analysis

Introducing CARTO Workflows - a no code tool for processing and analyzing spatial data! Unlock spatial analysis without needing to know SQL or Python.

Spatial Analytics
3 ways to load geospatial data into Redshift

3 ways to load geospatial data into Redshift

Looking to load geospatial data into Amazon Redshift? Find out how to do this using Python, GDAL, Airbyte & dbt.

Cloud Native
Why you should stop using Tableau & Power BI for spatial analysis

Why you should stop using Tableau & Power BI for spatial analysis

Business Intelligence tools aren’t optimal for spatial analysis. Discover alternatives to Tableau & Power BI.

Spatial Analytics
Introducing CARTO Workflows: Spatial analytics for all users

Introducing CARTO Workflows: Spatial analytics for all users

CARTO Workflows provides a complete user interface for spatial analysis that leverages the power of spatial SQL and cloud data warehouses.

Spatial Analytics
Data warehouses vs. GPU accelerated analytics for geospatial analysis

Data warehouses vs. GPU accelerated analytics for geospatial analysis

We explore the benefits of using data warehouses with spatial capabilities over GPU accelerated analytics for geospatial analysis.

Cloud Native
CARTO and Google Cloud Announce Climate Insights for Infrastructure

CARTO and Google Cloud Announce Climate Insights for Infrastructure

Today, we are proud to announce in conjunction with Google Cloud, the availability of an innovative climate insights offering for infrastructure.

Cloud Native
How to Build a Tree Equity Index & Dashboard using BigQuery

How to Build a Tree Equity Index & Dashboard using BigQuery

Lack of trees is linked to higher temperatures & more violent crime. Discover how to use the BigQuery Spatial Extension & CARTO for React to build a tree score dashboard.

Use cases
How to Visualize Urban Growth with Spatial Analytics in BigQuery

How to Visualize Urban Growth with Spatial Analytics in BigQuery

How has your city or urban area grown? Discover how to create an Urban Growth visualization using open data & CARTO's Spatial Analytics in BigQuery.

Cartography & Visualization
How to Improve Retail Trade Area Accuracy with Mobility Data

How to Improve Retail Trade Area Accuracy with Mobility Data

Read how to improve retail trade area accuracy by moving beyond buffers & drive times to using spatial analysis & human mobility data

Use cases
React to the Changing Face of Retail DIY with Behavioral Data

React to the Changing Face of Retail DIY with Behavioral Data

With COVID-19 causing dramatic shifts in consumer spending behavior, DIY & other retailers can leverage geospatial data to discover new revenue opportunities.

Use cases
CARTO BigQuery Tiler Upgrade Gives Speed & Feature Boost

CARTO BigQuery Tiler Upgrade Gives Speed & Feature Boost

Read about new features to CARTO BigQuery Tiler: the fastest, most convenient, & cost effective way to visualize spatial Big Data & generate Tilesets for the web

Cloud Native
How to Analyze Google BigQuery Data in CARTO

How to Analyze Google BigQuery Data in CARTO

Learn how to visualize geospatial Big Data hosted in Google BigQuery by creating a CARTO instance on the Google Cloud Platform & using our BigQuery Connector.

Use cases
CARTO + Placekey: Cloud Native Spatial Linkability

CARTO + Placekey: Cloud Native Spatial Linkability

Learn more about our integration with Placekey, enabling universal standard identifiers for any physical place to be used with spatial analysis & visualization.

Cloud Native
Improving Healthcare Access with BigQuery Tiler

Improving Healthcare Access with BigQuery Tiler

Identifying high impact health facility locations with CARTO's BigQuery Tiler & open-sourced geospatial Big Data.

Use cases
Where Do Expats Invest in Property on the Spanish Coast?

Where Do Expats Invest in Property on the Spanish Coast?

See how idealista used geospatial analysis & real estate location data to uncover fascinating insights on coastal property demand in Spain

Use cases
CARTO & Google Cloud Announce Partnership

CARTO & Google Cloud Announce Partnership

CARTO is now a Google Cloud Partner & available on the Google Cloud Platform Marketplace enabling analysis & visualization within a rich ecosystem.

Cloud Native
Google BigQuery Visualization: Mapping Big Spatial Data

Google BigQuery Visualization: Mapping Big Spatial Data

The GDELT Project describe how to use Google BigQuery to visualize their dataset of online news coverage focusing on COVID-19

Use cases
Google Analytics Spatial Data Visualized with BigQuery

Google Analytics Spatial Data Visualized with BigQuery

Our partner Liveli takes a look at how to visualize spatial data from Google Analytics using BigQuery, gaining deeper insights from website traffic.

Use cases
What Geospatial Analysis tells us about Meatpacking & COVID-19

What Geospatial Analysis tells us about Meatpacking & COVID-19

One of our partners, makepath, describe how to use multiple open source spatial libraries for COVID-19 analysis focusing on the US meatpacking industry.

Use cases
Using Spatial Analysis to Measure UK Gentrification

Using Spatial Analysis to Measure UK Gentrification

Read how Spatial Analysis & Machine Learning were used by researchers at UCL to understand neighborhood real estate changes & shape policy making in cities.

Spatial Analytics
10,000 Dutch Bridges: A Foray into Using BigQuery Connector

10,000 Dutch Bridges: A Foray into Using BigQuery Connector

Explore how to use our Google BigQuery connector to import large public datasets for geospatial analysis.

Core Tech
CARTO + Kepler.gl: Two Tools, One Workflow

CARTO + Kepler.gl: Two Tools, One Workflow

Kepler.gl and CARTO users can now work seamlessly across both tools. Our integration adds a new cloud storage feature to Kepler.gl, allowing users to share and save maps privately using CARTO.

Cloud Native
5 Facts: Out of Home Advertising in 2020

5 Facts: Out of Home Advertising in 2020

5 facts that show that Out Of Home is the future of the advertising industry

Spatial Data
US Social Determinants of Health Atlas - Map of the Month

US Social Determinants of Health Atlas - Map of the Month

Leveraging Spatial Analysis techniques, researchers from the University of Chicago and the AHA worked to define and visualize the social determinants of health in America.

Use cases
Real Estate Market Analysis: Top 5 Data Streams

Real Estate Market Analysis: Top 5 Data Streams

Real Estate Market Analysis needs to be data-driven, and given the spatial nature of Real Estate investment, you want the data that you are leaning on to be spatial data

Spatial Data
Data Visualization: The Spread of Coronavirus

Data Visualization: The Spread of Coronavirus

Visualizing data in emergency situations, like the spread of coronavirus, can provide decision makers with the insight needed to inform rapid response plans.

Cartography & Visualization
Enrich Spatial Analysis with Landgrid's Nationwide Parcel Data

Enrich Spatial Analysis with Landgrid's Nationwide Parcel Data

Landgrid brings their nationwide parcel data, which Boasts over 143 million land parcels across 2,800 counties, to the CARTO Data Observatory

Spatial Data
Top 3 Insights from The State of Spatial Data Science 2020

Top 3 Insights from The State of Spatial Data Science 2020

Discover key insights from our survey of how enterprise leaders from industries like Real Estate, Financial Services, Advertising and more are engaging with Spatial Data Science in 2020

Spatial Data Science
Speed up your spatial analysis with CARTOframes 1.0

Speed up your spatial analysis with CARTOframes 1.0

CARTOframes is the go-to tool for powering analysis with spatial insights and efficiently working with spatial data and spatial models

Spatial Data Science
Emerging Technology - Impacts on Location Intelligence

Emerging Technology - Impacts on Location Intelligence

From Autonomous Vehicles, to Digital Twin, to Human Augmentation, new technology is set to change the world and the Location Intelligence industry is no different.

Use cases
Top Location Intelligence and Spatial Stories

Top Location Intelligence and Spatial Stories

Celebrating the top stories, tips and tricks, tech updates, and of course, cool maps from around the worlds of Location Intelligence and Spatial Data Science

Cloud Native
Quantifying Park Use in American Cities: Spatial Models and Novel Measures

Quantifying Park Use in American Cities: Spatial Models and Novel Measures

Learn how cities can use spatial modeling to more accurately assess park use to inform planning and facilities decisions

Spatial Data Science
Spatial Solutions for the SDGs - COP25

Spatial Solutions for the SDGs - COP25

In anticipation of COP25, we wanted to explore some of the ways that spatial data analysis can help to achieve the SDGs and invite you to several events to discover it yourself!

Use cases
Google Fusion Tables Turndown: An Alternative to Keep Mapping

Google Fusion Tables Turndown: An Alternative to Keep Mapping

If you're trying to find a Google Fusion Tables alternative, CARTO has you covered. Keep mapping and much more with our full stack Location Intelligence platform.

Cloud Native
Announcing #SDSC20 - Where Will You Join Us?

Announcing #SDSC20 - Where Will You Join Us?

Through dozens of sessions exploring the impacts of powerful analysis, SDSC exemplified why Spatial is so important - but also made clear that Spatial is just getting started

Events
Mapping Your Salesforce Data: CARTO in Einstein Analytics

Mapping Your Salesforce Data: CARTO in Einstein Analytics

CARTO's Salesforce Lightning app component works seamlessly with Salesforce, integrating complete mapping capabilities with Einstein Analytics Dashboards

Cartography & Visualization
Data Events to Enjoy - Winter 2019

Data Events to Enjoy - Winter 2019

Enjoy this list of several interesting events for data scientists, analysts, developers, academics, and other spatial professionals

Events
Spatial Analysis for Tourism in Partnership with Andorra

Spatial Analysis for Tourism in Partnership with Andorra

CARTO is partnering with Andorra's ACTUA program and MIT to deliver deeper insights on the country's burgeoning tourism industry

News
Equal Earth Projection in CARTO!

Equal Earth Projection in CARTO!

Developed in 2018, the popular Equal Earth Projection is now available to users in CARTO!

Cartography & Visualization
PostGIS 3.0.0 Just Released

PostGIS 3.0.0 Just Released

With a lot of enhancements, bug fixes, and several new features, the release of PostGIS 3.0.0 brings improved speed and performance to CARTO users

News
Spatial Data Simplified: Introducing Data Observatory 2.0

Spatial Data Simplified: Introducing Data Observatory 2.0

We’re introducing Data Observatory 2.0, the latest version of our spatial data repository that will make spatial data more accessible and faster to manipulate for Data Scientists and Analysts across the globe.

Spatial Data
Spatial Leaders from Around the Globe Converge on SDSC19

Spatial Leaders from Around the Globe Converge on SDSC19

The Spatial Data Science Conference 2019 brings together leaders from industry, government, and academia for a day of panels and discussions on the latest technologies and techniques.

Events
Retail Revenue Prediction Models with Spatial Data Science

Retail Revenue Prediction Models with Spatial Data Science

Predicting store revenues is critical, allowing retail leaders to stay agile, make informed decisions around current store operations, and plan the most effective new openings. The most accurate prediction models include the location component.

Spatial Data Science
Inside CARTO Engineering: Configuration Management Makeover

Inside CARTO Engineering: Configuration Management Makeover

In order to achieve our plan of being the leading location intelligence platform, we continually invest in our infrastructure to provide the best service to our client. Today we are telling a success story about how we revamped our configuration management system

Core Tech
Can Short-term Rental Meet Demand to Meet Aliens at Area 51?

Can Short-term Rental Meet Demand to Meet Aliens at Area 51?

Use cases
Forrester Includes CARTO Among Location Intelligence Platform Providers In Now Tech Report

Forrester Includes CARTO Among Location Intelligence Platform Providers In Now Tech Report

News
Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis

Stop Using Zip Codes for Geospatial Analysis

Uncover deeper insights beyond ZIP codes with geospatial analysis. Explore the limitations of ZIP codes and discover alternatives for spatial understanding.

Spatial Analytics
The Top 5 Location Intelligence and Spatial Webinars

The Top 5 Location Intelligence and Spatial Webinars

Events
Champions League Insights via Short-Term Rental Data and LI

Champions League Insights via Short-Term Rental Data and LI

Spatial Data
Introducing Our Location Data Streams Catalog

Introducing Our Location Data Streams Catalog

Location Data Streams allow you to access both open data and premium data from market leaders.

Spatial Data
Location Intelligence Underpins Cannabis Sector Growth

Location Intelligence Underpins Cannabis Sector Growth

Use cases
New Spatial Data Science Video Research Guides

New Spatial Data Science Video Research Guides

Spatial Data Science
Map of The Month: Trajectories of Neighbourhood Change

Map of The Month: Trajectories of Neighbourhood Change

Use cases
Upgrading our Core Platform to PostgreSQL 11

Upgrading our Core Platform to PostgreSQL 11

In order to meet our users' increasing performance needs, during the following weeks we will be upgrading our software stack to be based on PostgreSQL 11 and PostGIS 2.5.

Core Tech
CARTO acquires Geographica to expand its professional services offering

CARTO acquires Geographica to expand its professional services offering

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired one of our leading partners, Geographica

App Development
Improving Healthcare Access with Spatial Data Models

Improving Healthcare Access with Spatial Data Models

An investigation of healthcare access across America, built on new spatial data science techniques

Spatial Data Science
Making the Map: Game of Thrones Trivia

Making the Map: Game of Thrones Trivia

Cartography & Visualization
Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Spatial Data Science

Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Spatial Data Science

This year's CARTO twitter guide features 50 twitter accounts to follow for those looking to dive specifically into Twitter's Spatial Data Science community

CARTO Culture
Announcing Discovery 2019: The Location Intelligence Summit

Announcing Discovery 2019: The Location Intelligence Summit

Events
The Spring 2019 Data Science & LI Event Guide

The Spring 2019 Data Science & LI Event Guide

Events
Airship 2.0 is here

Airship 2.0 is here

Explore features, Histogram widget enhancements, Time Series widget, and seamless CARTO VL integration. Elevate your Location Intelligence with Airship 2.0.

Core Tech
Say hello to CARTO VL 1.2

Say hello to CARTO VL 1.2

Core Tech
Map of The Month: Mapping Urban Transit in Santiago, Chile

Map of The Month: Mapping Urban Transit in Santiago, Chile

Use cases
Exporting Maps for Printing in the Digital Maps Era

Exporting Maps for Printing in the Digital Maps Era

Cartography & Visualization
Mapping Segregation - MIT's Atlas of Inequality

Mapping Segregation - MIT's Atlas of Inequality

Explore The Atlas of Inequality, a project revealing behavioral patterns and segregation impacts, led by MIT and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Use cases
Introducing the new CARTO dashboard 🎉

Introducing the new CARTO dashboard 🎉

Core Tech
State of the Art Styling in CARTO VL

State of the Art Styling in CARTO VL

Core Tech
Mapping Geoawesomeness' Top 100 Companies and Startups

Mapping Geoawesomeness' Top 100 Companies and Startups

Our team used CARTO VL and Airship to map the Geoawesomeness Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups list

Spatial Analytics
Meet us at MWC: 1 Month To Go

Meet us at MWC: 1 Month To Go

we're getting very excited to attend this year's edition of the GSMA's flagship conference, Mobile World Congress - the world's largest exhibition for the mobile and telecommunications industry.

Events
Faster, Stronger Smart Cities with Location Intelligence

Faster, Stronger Smart Cities with Location Intelligence

The proliferation of Location Intelligence solutions is a big part of Smart Cities growth. Cities uniquely benefit from a deeper understanding of 'where,' in areas from disaster relief and health services, to traffic optimization, and more.

Use cases
Mobile Data 101: Challenges and Best Practices

Mobile Data 101: Challenges and Best Practices

Understand the challenges and best practices for effectively using GPS and Telco data.

Spatial Data
CARTO is now part of the Github Student Developer Pack!

CARTO is now part of the Github Student Developer Pack!

CARTO is now part of the Github Student Developer Pack! Empowering student developers with cutting-edge location intelligence tools.

News
How The New York City Mayor’s Office takes a real-time pulse of the city with its interactive dashboard

How The New York City Mayor’s Office takes a real-time pulse of the city with its interactive dashboard

Spreading Location Intelligence all around the world

Spreading Location Intelligence all around the world

Thanks to our Partners for a year of growth in location intelligence! Join our network, explore projects, and anticipate more in 2017. Happy Data Mapping!

Use cases
Visualizing Branch Optimization for Cajamar

Visualizing Branch Optimization for Cajamar

Use cases
Petrol App Refuels Consumer’s Wallets with Money Saving Location Intelligence

Petrol App Refuels Consumer’s Wallets with Money Saving Location Intelligence

Understand and Predict Zika in Brazil with Spatial Analysis

Understand and Predict Zika in Brazil with Spatial Analysis

Use cases
Inside Job: Location Intelligence for Indoor Maps

Inside Job: Location Intelligence for Indoor Maps

Harvard Explores Digital Prosperity in Latin America

Harvard Explores Digital Prosperity in Latin America

Events
Color by data: Introducing CARTOColors

Color by data: Introducing CARTOColors

Spotify gets into the Groove with Musical Cities

Spotify gets into the Groove with Musical Cities

Take a look how Spotify leverages CARTO to create the Musical Cities map, revealing distinctive music preferences across 1,000 cities worldwide.

Use cases
Enhance your business intelligence with a Qlik

Enhance your business intelligence with a Qlik

Cloud Native
Mastering layers in CARTO Builder

Mastering layers in CARTO Builder

Spatial Analytics
Get the plan you need, for the uses you want

Get the plan you need, for the uses you want

Connect the data dots with analysis nodes

Connect the data dots with analysis nodes

Spatial Analytics
Narrow your filter, zero in your data perspective

Narrow your filter, zero in your data perspective

Spatial Analytics
UNICEF takes a shot at a healthier world

UNICEF takes a shot at a healthier world

Discover how CARTO's technology is aiding UNICEF's global health efforts, improving vaccination rates by optimizing clinic locations in Kenya.

LUCA and CARTO to work together bringing location to the next frontier of big data

LUCA and CARTO to work together bringing location to the next frontier of big data

Locating CARTO Events for November 2016

Locating CARTO Events for November 2016

Events
Widgets Make Numeric Data Manageable and Meaningful for Everyone

Widgets Make Numeric Data Manageable and Meaningful for Everyone

Spatial Analytics
CARTO Expands Operations to Washington, D.C.

CARTO Expands Operations to Washington, D.C.

CARTO expands to Washington D.C., joining Refraction in Reston Town Center, with opportunities for growth and new team members.

CARTO Culture
Fon uses CARTO to scale millions of data points for better network service

Fon uses CARTO to scale millions of data points for better network service

Customer Stories
Mapping the historical biodiversity of the Solomon Islands with the American Museum of Natural History

Mapping the historical biodiversity of the Solomon Islands with the American Museum of Natural History

Charting New Terrain in eCommerce with Pitney Bowes

Charting New Terrain in eCommerce with Pitney Bowes

CARTO partners with Pitney Bowes to integrate location intelligence into global commerce, enhancing data visualization and analysis

Cloud Native
Reimagining Political Campaigns with our Election Mapping Webinar

Reimagining Political Campaigns with our Election Mapping Webinar

Cartography & Visualization
CARTO’s New York Summer and Fall Interns

CARTO’s New York Summer and Fall Interns

Explore with Widgets in CARTO Builder

Explore with Widgets in CARTO Builder

Spatial Analytics
Creating Animated Maps with CARTO Builder

Creating Animated Maps with CARTO Builder

Explore the power of Torque.js, offering innovative geospatial data aggregation for both time and space. Animate and analyze data trends effortlessly!

Spatial Analytics