About Us


Donoghue and Associates is a Geographic Information System (GIS) consulting firm that specializes in providing innovative GIS analysis, modeling, and application development solutions with an emphasis in GIS for the planning and natural resources disciplines. We provide organizations with comprehensive, professional and affordable services that include:

  • Habitat suitability modeling
  • Species distribution modeling
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Geostatistical analysis
  • Existing conditions mapping
  • Natural resources GIS management
  • Geodatabase design and development
  • Application development
  • Needs assessments and requirements analysis
  • System implementation and integration
  • GIS and GPS Training

V_esriPartnerNet-silver_sRGBWe are proud to be an esri Silver Partner Network member. As Partner, we join a global network of GIS solutions providers with whom esri, the world leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software, has fostered a relationship to provide GIS services for vertical market industries. Through this partnership, we have direct access to the knowledge, support and marketing resources of esri that we use to serve our client’s needs.

We are well versed in many esri products, including:

  • ArcGIS Server / ArcIMS
  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • ArcSDE
  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcPad
  • Open Source GIS
  • Trimble GPS / Garmin GPS
  • R Statistical Software
  • SQLServer / PostGreSQL / MySQL Relational Database Systems
  • Microsoft Access Database
  • Windows / OSX / Linux Operating Systems

GISCI LogoThe firm’s principal, John Donoghue II, has over 17 years of experience in the GIS field as programmer, specialist and project manager performing a wide variety of GIS database development, analysis and programming tasks to support environmental analysis projects. His experience includes working in both local and state government, non-profit, and private industry settings. He is also a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) by the GIS Certification Institute and an esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professional, and has been an instructor for the University of Riverside Extension certificate program in GIS and coordinator of the Inland Empire GIS Users Group. Donoghue has a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in GIS from the University of Redlands, and a Certificate in GIS from the University of California Riverside.

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  • PhD Candidate, Natural Resources, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • Masters of Business Administration (GIS Emphasis), University of Redlands
  • Certificate in GIS, with Honors, University of California Riverside Extension
  • B.A., with Honors, Geography, California State University, San Bernardino
  • B.A., with Honors, Environmental Studies, California State University, San Bernardino
  • A.A., with Honors,Anthropology, San Bernardino Valley College


  • Certified esri ArcGIS Desktop Professional
  • Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP)
  • 38 hour couse in Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Training
  • Introduction to Desert Tortoise Surveying, Monitoring and Handling Workshop

Specialties: esri Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS Desktop, Server, ArcSDE), PostGIS, QGIS, R, Microsoft .Net programming, Habitat suitability modeling, Species distribution modeling, Environmental impact assessment, Natural resources GIS management, Geodatabase design and development, Application development, Needs assessents and requirements analysis, System implementation and integration, GIS and GPS (ArcPAD, Trimble)

Recent Posts

Some Coveted Programming Skills

To follow-up on an earlier post I wrote this year about GIS Skills, I recently read a story in Readwrite Enterprise outlining 15 programming skills most coveted by employers (http://readwrite.com/2013/04/09/15-programming-skills-most-coveted-by-employers). While their story was aimed at the development community, two of the 15 skills outlined in their story are definitely needed by GIS Analysts and are skills I regularly see in newer job advertisements:

  • SQL * (the #1 most coveted skill)
  • Python (Skill #10)

If your aim is to become a GIS developer, than the additional other programming skills listed in their article apply, namely:

  • ASP.net (Skill #14) **
  • PHP (Skill #11)
  • C# (Skill #7) ***
  • XML (Skill #6)
  • JavaScript (Skill #4)
  • HTML (Skill #3)

* Also the number one preferred skill I listed in my earlier post. So you’ve heard it from at least two different sources now.

** ASP.net is really a framework that you’d develop in using Visual Basic.net or C#, so I’m not sure it’s really in the same category as the other skills mentioned in their article.

*** While you can certainly develop GIS applications using Visual Basic.net, most GIS developers use C#. So if you’re just learning to program, learn C#. If you’re already well entrenched in Visual Basic from years of experience with prior versions (like me), then keep developing in VB.net unless your lack of C# experience starts to interfere with employment prospects.

You’ll also note that their list does not contain references to Flash/Flex and/or Silverlight. Both Flash and Silverlight were all the rage in web-based GIS application development the last few years, however the rather sudden appearance of mobile devices (with their lack of support for Flash and Silverlight) really killed advancement of those technologies as people moved towards GIS websites that would work in the mobile space. Thus these days HTML5 and JavaScript are the preferred development languages for web-based GIS, as these technologies are supported on the major mobile operating systems.

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