Yaxiong Shao

Title: Research Specialist
Email: yshao1@niu.edu

Yaxiong Shao, M.S., is a Ph.D. student in geography at NIU and a research specialist with the Center for Governmental Studies’ Data Visualization team. He has rich experience and knowledge in making maps, programming and web data scraping using C#, CSS, HTML, JavaScript and Python. He is responsible for map data cleaning, geocoding, map data conversion and web map application development. Yaxiong has developed map applications for Illinois Enterprise Zones, and he has also developed the Census Hard-to-Count Map website, the 2020 Census Response Map website, the Coronavirus Response Map and others. Yaxiong has also developed several web data scraping applications (Burning Glass Technologies, CoStar Group, etc.) for the team to download data more efficiently. Yaxiong earned his M.S. in cartography and geographic information systems from Capital Normal University, China.

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