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