Associate Professor

Room EV1-236, ext. 33078
F2018 office hours: Thursdays 12:30 -2:00 pm

Peter joined GEM in 2012 having been a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. His research seeks to understand how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, the Geoweb, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing. Recent projects have focused on understanding the value of government open data, the integration of volunteered geographic information in government, Geoweb platform development, and mobile application testing and evaluation.

For more information, visit Peter Johnson's personal website.

Key Areas of Graduate Supervision

The Geoweb, open data, mobile technology, public participation GIS, community-based geomatics, geospatial technology in planning and government.

Recent Courses Taught

GEOG 165: Computer Cartography: Principles and Design
187: Problem Solving in Geomatics
GEOG 381: Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 483/683: The Geoweb and Location-Based Services

Research Interests

My research seeks to understand how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, the geoweb, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing. As location-based technology untethers communications from the traditional spaces of home, work, and play, there is a vital need for critical reflection. My research evaluates the affordances that geospatial technology creates for communications and information sharing, identifying emergent adoption challenges and constraints.

Recent Publications

  • 2017. Johnson, P.A., Robinson, P.J, Scassa, T., and Sieber, R.E. The cost(s) of open data. Transactions in GIS.

  • 2017. Minano, A., Johnson, P., and Wandel, J. How the Geoweb supports climate change adaptation in coastal communities in Nova Scotia. Geojournal.

  • 2017. Harrison, S. and Johnson, P.A. Crowdsourcing the disaster management cycle. International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.

  • 2017. Johnson, P.A., and Sieber, R.E. The Geoweb for community-based organizations: Tool development, implementation, and sustainability in an era of Google Maps. The Journal of Community Informatics 13(1).

  • 2017. Johnson, P.A., Models of direct editing of government spatial data: Challenges and constraints to the acceptance of contributed data. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 44(2), 128-138.

  • 2017. Johnson, P.A., Ricker, B.A., and Harrison, S. Volunteered Drone Imagery: Challenges and constraints to the development of an open shared imagery repository. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on Systems Sciences 2017.

  • 2016. Sieber, R. E., Robinson, P.J., Johnson, P.A., & Corbett, J.C. Doing Public Participation on the Geoweb. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106(5), 1030-1046.

  • 2016. Johnson, P.A. Reflecting on the success of open data: How municipal government evaluates their open data programs. International Journal of E-Planning Research 5(3), 1-12.

  • 2016. Robinson, P.J. and Johnson, P.A. Civic Hackathons: New Terrain for Citizen-Local Government Interaction? Urban Planning 1(2), 65-74.

  • 2016. Lu, Q. and Johnson, P.A. The use of volunteered geographic information in the public sector: A case study of 311 requests in Edmonton, Canada. Urban Planning 1(2), 18-31.

  • 2015. Johnson, P.A., Corbett, J., Gore, C., Robinson, P., Allen, P. and Sieber, R.E. A Web of Expectations: Evolving Relationships in Community Patricipatory Geoweb Projects. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 14(3).
  • 2015. Sieber, R.E. and Johnson, P.A. Civic open data at a crossroads: Dominant models and current challenges. Government Information Quarterly. 32(3), 308-315.
  • 2014. Johnson, P.A. and Robinson, P.J. Civic Hackathons: Innovation, Procurement, or Civic Engagement: Review of Policy Research. 31(4), 349-357.
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