Who I am...

My name is Thomas Zuberbühler. I am a software engineer from Zürich, Switzerland, currently studying Geographic Sciences at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia, Canada.

My first interest in maps and GIS was awakened at university when writing my diploma thesis. I was developing a web application — a web hiking route planner — while modern web frameworks were still rare and in their early stages of development. I have graduated from my Applied Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the University of Rapperswil in 2006.

Eight years later, I have started a Master's degree in Geographical Information Science & Systems at the University of Salzburg and did graduate in 2016 with distinction. I was working full-time as a senior software engineer for HRM Systems AG (a great employer) while doing my Master's degree.

Rewarding myself with some time off, I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, for one year and went to a private college as well as working as a Café Bakery Server for Terra Breads Inc. (another great employer) on Granville Island. Later in 2018, I have decided to extend my stay in Canada, and started a diploma program in Geographic Sciences at COGS. I love cartography and want to learn more about this subject.

In my free time, I like to travel, hike/walk and read. I am interested in cartography, geography, history, politics, movies and programming.

About my name


My last name's origin is from the northeastern and German-speaking part of Switzerland. In addition to the standard Latin (and English) letters, the German alphabet also uses umlauts. Those umlauts are «ä», «ö» and «ü».

Unfortunately, it happens that my last name (Zuberbühler) is written with an umlaut, namely with an «ü». Fortunately, the letter «ü» can be substituted with «ue» and my full name is written in that manner and correctly:

Thomas Zuberbuehler

More information on Wikipedia about umlaut diacritic usage and Printing conventions in German.


The German "Z" is pronounced with an English "ts" sound. Like in cats.

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Me in July 2019
Photo by Greg Mosher
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