Department of Computer Science

Jonathan Raper

Visiting Professor

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Visiting Professor
Room: A304A
Department of Computer Science
School of Informatics
City University
London EC1V OHB
tel: +44 20 7040 8415
fax: +44 20 7040 8584

Jonathan joined the Department in 1999 as Professor of Geographic Information Science and was Head of Department from 2003-2006. Jonathan founded the geographic information centre ("giCentre at City") in 1999, which is now one of the UK's premier centres of expertise in geographic information, geovisualisation and location based services (LBS) research.

Jonathan in known internationally for his work on GIS, spatial data and LBS, having published around 150 research articles and seven books in these fields, and supervised a dozen completed PhDs. He has served on the Scientific Committees of GIScience, COSIT, SDH, GISRUK and LBS & Telecarto conferences and chaired European Science Foundation conferences on spatial multimedia and 3D GIS. He has received research funding from NATO, EU, ESRC, NERC, EPSRC and JISC during his career amounting to over a million pounds in research income, as has acted as a research evaluator on a range of funding programmes. He was awarded the Royal Geographical Society Gill Memorial Award for research in GIS in 1995 and the Kitchin Award by the Saddlers Company for significant contributions to City University in 2008. Jonathan's main research work in the last decade has been the design, development and implications of location-based services, largely focussed in the following research projects:

  • Hypergeo (Mobile tourist information systems Hypergeo)
  • WebPark (Virtual Guides for the outdoors WebPark)
  • LBS4all (Location-based services for visually-impaired and older people LBS4all)
  • Locus (Augmented reality and urban context models for mobile devices Locus)
  • Jonathan also conducts research in geographic information policy, especially locational privacy, the philosophy of spatial and temporal representation and the handling and analysis of environmental information. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers and a member of Association of British Geographers and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Jonathan is a member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Systems Knowledge Transfer Network and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Location Based Services.

    Jonathan has also been engaged in teaching and learning research throughout his career. Eleven years teaching mature students at Birkbeck College, University of London (1987-1998) developed an interest in pedagogic innovation, which led to the authoring of the best-selling GISTutor in the early 1990's. Jonathan was a co-investigator on the JISC-funded Virtual Field Course (1997-2000) which was amongst the first to extend pedagogic research and practice to fieldwork teaching. At City University Jonathan was a co-investigator on the TLRP eLearning Programme "Ourspace- personalisation of learning" project and is now one of the PhD supervisors for the ESRC funded studentship (held by Nicola Beddall-Hill) linked to the ESRC/EPSRC funded Ensemble project. Jonathan also supervises the PhD research on land registration technologies of Lenny Kivuti, a member of the Kenyan parliament.

    Jonathan is now a part-time Professor at City and has co-founded a technology startup called Placr with David Mountain, which develops geospatial mobile solutions.

    Recent Publications

    Raper, J.F. (2007) Geographic Relevance. Journal of Documentation 63 (6), 836-852

    Raper, J.F., Gartner, G., Karimi, H. and Rizos, C. (2007) A critical evaluation of location based services and their potential. Journal of Location Based Services 1(1), 5-45.

    Raper, J.F., Gartner, G., Karimi, H. and Rizos, C. (2007) Applications of location based services: a selected review 1(2). Journal of Location Based Services 1(1), 89-111

    Raper, J.F. (2009) Geographic information science. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology 43, 73-144.

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    Recent activities

    I chaired the Navigation and Location conference in Amsterdam in June 2010 and CES Government London at the Greater London Authority with Boris Johnson in January 2010.