Dr. Peter Mooney

Lecturer in Compter Science

Contact me

Office 1.36
Geotechnologies Research,
Department of Computer Science,
Eolas Building,
North Campus,
Maynooth University,
Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Eircode: W23 F2H6
Ph: +353 (1) 708 3849
Email: peter [DOT] Mooney [AT] mu [DOT] ie

About Me

I am a very ambitious and highly motivated teacher and researcher who has an excellent record of scholarly work and publication of international quality. In my career I have developed extensive experience of collaboration with national and international scientific networks, institutions and bodies. I have already become a significant contributor in my field of research and expertise and subsquently have built significant research capacity and integration into scientific networks. I am a passionate user and advocate for Open Source Software and Open Data.

I am author or co-author of almost 40 international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal publications. In addition to these publications have over 60 other publications mainly comprised of peer-reviewed international conferences. According to Google Scholar I have over 2290 citations to my work. My h-factor is currently 26 as calculated by Google Scholar and I expect this to continue to increase steadily. I have presented at over 70 international workshops/conferences and participated in over 90 such events including working as programme and scientific committee member and session chair.

I have over 16 years experience in the areas of: Geographic Information Science, Internet Technologies, Databases (including Spatial Databases), and Software Development. I have secured over €1,000,000 in research funding in my career to date.

My major research interests are:

  • Smart Farming in Ireland - how can data analytics, spatial analysis and Internet-of-Things make Smart Farming a reality in Ireland
  • Volunteered Geographic Information and Citizen Science
  • Crowdsourcing Geographic Information
  • OpenStreetMap - research on OpenStreetMap data, community, software
  • The quality and use of Volunteered Geographic Information by govenments and authoritative agencies
  • Geocomputation: spatial data mining, machine learning with geographical applications and relevance
  • Smart Farming and the use of spatial data and technologies in Smart Farming
  • The Geo and Social Web
  • Location-based Services
  • Spatial Databases and management of spatial data
  • ICT for environmental sustainability and protection
  • Open Source Software and Open Data
  • Public Good Provision and online communities

Correct as of July 2019

Recent Work and Activities

  • LESSON 2019: Legal Ethical factorS crowdSourced geOgraphic iNformation (Co-Chair) 1st International Workshop on Legal and Ethical Issues in Crowdsourced Geographic Information. Zurich, Switzerland, October 2019
  • Co-Organiser Academic Track SOTM 2019: Academic (all-day) Track at the Global State of the Map conference (on OpenStreetMap). Heidleberg, Germany, September 2019 [website]
  • Citizen Science Training School: Quality Control of OpenStreetMap Data Lecturer and Trainer. Location: Coimbra, Portugal, June 2019. [website] Materials: Testing OSM Tools for Data Collection Lecture 1 Day 1 Slides; An Introduction to JOSM Lecture 2 Day 2 Slides
  • Co-Organiser:GeoCultGIS 2019 Geographical and Cultural Aspects of Geo-information: Issues and Solutions Workshop at AGILE 2019 [website]
  • Co-Organiser: VGI HATcH 2019 Using Volunteered Geographic Information for Help and Assistance in Transport and Humanitarian operations Workshop at AGILE 2019 [website]
  • Co-Chair and Organiser: 1st National Workshop on Smart Farming and Data Analytics in Ireland (SFDAI) 2019 in Maynooth University, June 12th 2019.
  • OSGeoIE 2019: Co-Chair and Organiser: 3rd Irish OSGeo Symposium 2019 [website]
  • Invited Blog Post: National Rural Network for Ireland (NRN) How do we Transition to Smart Farming in Ireland? Blog Post, Tweet
  • Invited Seminar Lecture What are the problems in Crowdsourced Geographic Information? The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London, March 6th 2019.
  • AGILE 2018 Conference Paper Davidovic, Mooney and Stoimenov Analysis of the introduction of a review request mechanism in OSM Proceedings of the 21st Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) Conference, Lund University, Sweden, June 2018. [View Paper]
  • AGILE 2018 Conference Paper Gardner and Mooney Investigating gender differences in OpenStreetMap activities in Malawi:a small case-study Proceedings of the 21st Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE) Conference, Lund University, Sweden, June 2018. [View Paper]
  • Co-Chair and Organiser: VGI-Alive 2018 Workshop at AGILE 2018 [website]
  • Co-Chair and Organiser: 2nd Irish OSGeo Symposium 2018 [website]
  • Contributing Co-author: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) 2018. Identifying success factors in crowdsourced geographic information use in government. Washington, DC: May, 2018 [Full Report,Policy Brief]
  • GISRUK 2018 Conference Paper Gardner, Mooney, Dowthwaite, and Foody Gender differences in OpenStreetMap contributor activity, editing and tagging behaviour Proceedings of the 26th GIScience Research UK Conference, University of Leicester, England, April 2018. [View Paper]
  • Member of Royal Irish Academy Geosciences and Geographical Sciences Committee (from September 2018 onwards) [website]
  • Irish Research Council #loveirishresearch Invited Article: "Smart farming — the future of agriculture" View Post
  • Member of the OSGeo Marketing Committee The Marketing committee is the official committee of OSGeo supporting user outreach. The committee offers events, projects, and local chapters assistance in user outreach.
  • Organiser and co-chair of the first ever Academic/Research Trackat the Global OpenStreetMap annual conference SOTM 2018, in Milan, Italy in July 2018. See track S.1.3 on the SOTM 2018 website for details.
  • A recent, short, interview on Sveriges Radio AB (Sweden's national publicly funded radio broadcaster) at the AGILE 2018 conference about Big Data and Smarter Maps. This is a segment from a longer interview.
  • RTÉ Brainstorm: Opinion piece article: "How useful is the content we create online?" (Twitter link) (RTÉ Online link)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

This is a list of peer-reviewed journal publications of which I am an author. In most cases for the papers below I have included a link to a pre-print or non-formatted print in PDF format which allows most people to access the almost final version of the paper without pay-wall journal access. In all cases please cite the journal paper details correctly and not this website.

  1. Gardner, Z., Mooney, P., De Sabbata, S. et al. Quantifying gendered participation in OpenStreetMap: responding to theories of female (under) representation in crowdsourced mapping GeoJournal, pages 1 - 18 (2019). DOI: Online (open access)
  2. Anahid Basiri, Muki Haklay, Giles Foody & Peter Mooney (May 2019) Crowdsourced geospatial data quality: challenges and future directions, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, DOI: Online (open access)
  3. Hippolyte Pruvost and Peter Mooney “Exploring Data Model Relations in OpenStreetMap ” (Accepted October 2017): Future Internet 2017, 9, 70. Open Access - PDF available
  4. Mooney, Peter. ; Minghini, M.; Laakso, M.; Antoniou, V.; Olteanu-Raimond, A.-M.; Skopeliti, A. "Towards a Protocol for the Collection of VGI Vector Data". ISPRS International Journal of Geographic Information 2016 5, 217.(Open Access)
  5. Nikola Davidovic and Peter Mooney and Leonid Stemov and Marco Minghini “Tagging in Volunteered Geographic Information: An Analysis of Tagging Practices for Cities and Urban Regions in OpenStreetMap ” . ISPRS International Journal of Geographic Information 2016, 5, 232. Open Access - PDF Available
  6. Basiri, A.; Amirian, P.; Mooney, Peter. “Using Crowdsourced Trajectories for Automated OSM Data Entry Approaches”. Sensors 2016, 16. (Open Access)
  7. Brovelli, Maria Antonia, Marco Minghini, Monia Molinari, and Peter Mooney. 2016. “Towards an Automated Comparison of OpenStreetMap with Authoritative Road Datasets.” Transactions in GIS, March, 17 – 40.
  8. Comber, Alexis, Peter Mooney, Ross S. Purves, Duccio Rocchini, and Ariane Walz. 2016. “Crowdsourcing: It Matters Who the Crowd Are. The Impacts of between Group Variations in Recording Land Cover.” PLOS ONE11 (7): e0158329. (Open Access)
  9. See, L.; Mooney, P.; Foody, G.; et al Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science or Volunteered Geographic Information? The Current State of Crowdsourced Geographic Information. ISPRS International Journal of Geographic Information. 2016, 5, 55. (Open Access)
  10. Arsanjani, Jamal Jokar, Peter Mooney, Marco Helbich, and Alexander Zipf. 2015. “An Exploration of Future Patterns of the Contributions to OpenStreetMap and Development of a Contribution Index.” Transactions in GIS19 (6): 896–914. [Preprint is here]
  11. Ballatore, Andrea, and Peter Mooney. 2015. “Conceptualising the Geographic World: The Dimensions of Negotiation in Crowdsourced Cartography.” International Journal of Geographical Information Science 29 (12): 2310-2327. (Author Copy)
  12. Mooney, Peter. 2015. “An Outlook for OpenStreetMap.” In OpenStreetMap in GIScience, edited by Jamal Jokar Arsanjani, Alexander Zipf, Peter Mooney, and Marco Helbich, 319–24. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer International Publishing. (Author copy as PDF)
  13. Mooney Peter, and Marco Minghini. and Francis Stanley-Jones 2015 “Observations on an OpenStreetMap mapping party organised as a social event during an open source GIS conference”. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research: 10, 138-150. (Open Access)
  14. Corcoran, Padraig,Mooney Peter, and Michela Bertolotto. 2015. “Linear Street Extraction Using a Conditional Random Field Model.” Spatial Statistics 14, Part C (November): 532–45.
  15. Mooney, P. and Padraig Corcoran. 2014. Has OpenStreetMap a Role in Digital Earth Applications? International Journal of Digital Earth 7 (7): 534–53.(online) Download pre-print
  16. Mooney, P., Rehrl, K. and Hochmair, H. Action and interaction in volunteered geographic information: a workshop review. Journal of Location Based Services 7, 291-311 (2013).(Download pre-print)
  17. Mooney, P. and Corcoran, P. Analysis of Interaction and Co-editing Patterns amongst OpenStreetMap Contributors. Transactions in GIS 18, 633-659 (2014).(online) (Download pre-print)
  18. Corcoran, P, Mooney, P. , Bertolotto, M. Analysing the growth of OpenStreetMap networks, Spatial Statistics,(online) Volume 3, February 2013, Pages 21-32
  19. Corcoran, P.,Mooney, P. and, Bertolotto M. Spatial Relations Using High Level Concepts. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2012; 1(3):333-350. (online) (pdf)
  20. Mooney, P. and Corcoran, P. The Annotation Process in OpenStreetMap. Transactions in GIS 16(4), pp 561-579, August 2012 (online) (Download pre-print)
  21. Jacob, R. and Winstanley, A. and Togher, N. and Roche, R. and Mooney, P.. Pedestrian navigation using the sense of touch. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 36(6): 513-525 (2012) Download on Science Direct
  22. Corcoran, P. and Mooney, P.. Characterising the Metric and Topological Evolution of OpenStreetMap Network Representations. European Physical Journal (link) Special Topics (Special issue: Spatially Embedded Complex Networks), vol. 215(1), pp. 109-122, 2013. Download Paper
  23. Shalaik, B., and Jacob, R. and Mooney, P. and Winstanley, A.C. Using haptics as an alternative to visual map interfaces for public transport information systems Journal of Ubiquitous Computing and Communication: Special Issue on Visual Interfaces and User Experience: new approaches Publishing Date: 5/11/2012. PDF is available for download as a pre-print or directly from the UBICC.org website.
  24. Napolitano, M. and Mooney, P. MVP OSM: A Tool to identify Areas of High Quality Contributor Activity in OpenStreetMap. The Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers. Summer 2012. A PDF pre-print is available for download. Source code for MVP OSM is available for download from GitHub at MVP-OSM repo
  25. Mooney, P. and Corcoran, P. Characteristics of Heavily Edited Objects in OpenStreetMap. Future Internet March 2012, 4(1), 285-305; doi:10.3390/fi4010285. PDF available for download under open access license
  26. Mooney, P. Corcoran, P. and Ciepluch, B. The Potential for using Volunteered Geographic Information in Pervasive Health Computing Applications. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing (link) - special issue on Pervasive Health Computing (Accepted Feb. 2012). A PDF Pre-print is available for download
  27. Corcoran, P., Mooney, P. and Bertolotto, M. Utilizing Geometric Coherence in the Computation of Map Transformations. Computers & Geosciences (Accepted November 2011). Journal Link. A pre-print is available from ScienceDirect at Pre-print PDF
  28. Huabo Sun, Lei Yan, Mooney, P. and Rui Liang A new method for moving object detection using variable resolution bionic compound eyes. International Journal of the Physical Sciences Vol. 6 Issue 24 pp. 5618 - 5622. October 2011 Download PDF
  29. Jilani, M., Corcoran, P. and Mooney, P. Lampposts as Landmarks for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping. Advanced Materials Research Journal vol. 403-408, pp. 823-829, November 2011. Download Available
  30. Mooney, P. and Corcoran, P. The Annotation Process in OpenStreetMap. Transactions in GIS (Accepted Oct. 2011). Download pre-print PDF
  31. Corcoran, Mooney, P. and Winstanley, A. C. Planar and Non-Planar Topologically Consistent Vector Map Simplification International Journal of Geographical Information Science, vol. 25(10), pp. 1659-1680, 2011.
  32. Jacob, R. and Mooney, P. and Shalaik, B. and Winstanley, AC. HapticTransit: Tactile feedback to notify public transport users International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communication (IJDIWC) 1(3): 238-252, The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications, 2011. Download PDF
  33. Corcoran, P. , Winstanley, A. C., Mooney, P. and Middleton, R. Background Foreground Segmentation for SLAM. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 12(4), pp. 1177-1183. DECEMBER 2011 Download PDF (IEEE Xplore).
  34. Sun, H. and Zhao, H and Mooney, P., Hongying Zhao, Daping Liu, Lei Yan, A Novel System for Moving Object Detection Using Bionic Compound Eyes, Journal of Bionic Engineering, Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2011, Pages 313-322 Download PDF (ScienceDirect)
  35. Corcoran, P., Winstanley, A. C. and Mooney, P. Complementary Texture and Intensity Gradient Estimation and Fusion for Watershed Segmentation. Journal of Machine Vision and Applications, vol. 22(6), pp. 1027-1045, 2011.
  36. Jacob, R. and Mooney, P. and Corcoran, P. and Winstanley, A.C Haptic-GIS: Exploring the possibilities Presented at ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010 Appears in The SIGSPATIAL Special Volume 2, Number 3, November 2010.
  37. Ying, F. and Mooney, P. and Corcoran, P. and Winstanley, A.C A model for progressive transmission of spatial data based on shape complexity ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010:: Appears in The SIGSPATIAL Special Volume 2, Number 3, November 2010. Note: Awarded Best runner up poster presentation at the ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010 conference.
  38. Corcoran, P.,Mooney, P., Winstanley, A. C. and Tilton, J. Self-Intersecting Polygons Resulting From Contour Evolution for Shape Similarity. International Journal of Shape Modeling, Vol. 15(1-2), pp. 93-109, 2010. Download PDF.
  39. Corcoran, P. and Winstanley, A.C and Mooney, P. Segmentation performance evaluation for object-based remotely sensed image analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing Vol. 31(3), pp. 617-645, 2010.
  40. Ciepluch, B. and Mooney, P. and Jacob, R. and Winstanley, A.C. Using Openstreetmap to deliver location-based environmental information in Ireland. SIGSPATIAL Special 1, 3 (2009), 17-22.
  41. Mooney, P. and Winstanley, A.C: Evolutionary algorithm for multicriteria path optimization problems International Journal of Geographical Information Science Vol. 20, No. 4, April 2006
  42. Donnelly, A., Jennings, E., Finnan, J., Mooney, P., O'Mahony,T, Thrivel, R and Byrne, G: Objectives, targets and indicator for use in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy & Management 8: 135-156. 2006


  1. Foody, G, See, L, Fritz, S, Peter Mooney, Olteanu-Raimond, A-M, Fonte, C C and Antoniou, V (eds.) 2017 Mapping and the Citizen Sensor. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbf. Open Access License: CC-BY 4.0
  2. Peter Mooney "Diversity and Similarity Indices in Volunteered Geographic Information": GeoComputation 2017 - International Conference on GeoComputation: Celebrating 21 Years of GeoComputation. University of Leeds, United Kingdom. September 2017 Download paper (pdf)
  3. Veenendaal, B., Brovelli, A.M., Coetzee, S. and Peter Mooney. (Editors) ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964). Special Issue "Web/Cloud Based Mapping and Geoinformation" - publication late 2016/early 2017
  4. Arsanjani, J., Peter Mooney., Helbich, M., & Zipf, A. (Editors): “OpenStreetMap in GIScience. Experiences, Research, and Applications” Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer International Publishing, 2015
  5. Foody, G. and Peter Mooney and See, L and Fonte, C. 2015 “Current status and future trends in crowd-sourcing geographic information”. The Association of Geographic Information (AGI) Foresight 2020 Report, London, United Kingdom 2015 pp: 110 – 115
  6. Brovelli, Maria and Peter Mooney and Minghini, Marco. "Mapping parties at FOSS4G Europe: fun, outcomes and lessons learnt" in Cararra and Bordogna (Editors) Mobile Information Systems leveraging Volunteered Geographic Information for Earth Observation Springer series “Earth Systems Data and Models”. To Appear Late 2017 [Peer Reviewed]
  7. Davidovic, Nikola and Peter Mooney. “An analysis of tagging practices and patterns in urban areas in OpenStreetMap”. In Proceedings of the 19th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Helsinki, Finland. June 2016 [Peer Reviewed]
  8. Comber, L., See, L., Peter Mooney., Schade, S. "Semantic analysis of Citizen Sensing, Crowdsourcing and VGI" 18th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, Castlelion, Spain. June 2015 [Peer Reviewed]
  9. Peter Mooney. “Is Volunteered Geographic Information Big Data?” In Proceedings of the 23rd GIS Resarch UK Conference (GISRUK 2015), Leeds, United Kingdom, April 2015. [Peer Reviewed]
  10. Haklay, ME; Antoniou, V; Basiouka, S; Soden, R; Peter Mooney; “Crowdsourced Geographic Information Use in Government”. Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery, World Bank: London, UK. 2014
  11. Mooney, Peter. and Morley, Jeremy (2014) Crowdsourcing in National Mapping Official Publication #64 EuroSDR European Spatial Data Research, April 2014 pp 147 - 166 [Download Report here as PDF]
  12. Mashhadi, A. and Quattrone, G. and Capra, L. and Peter Mooney. “On the Sustainability of Urban Crowd-Sourcing for Maintaining Large-Scale Geospatial Databases” WikiSym 2012, Linz, Austria. The 8th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration. [Peer Reviewed]
  13. Wang Tao, Yan Lei, Peter Mooney "Dense point cloud extraction from UAV captured images in forest areas" 2011 IEEE International Conference on Spatial Data Mining and Geographical Knowledge Services (ICSDM) pp 388-392 Beijing, China. [Peer Reviewed]
  14. Peter Mooney and Padraig Corcoran “How Social is OpenStreetMap?” Proceedings of the 15th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science, April 2012. Avignon, France [Peer Reviewed]
  15. Peter Mooney. And Corcoran, P. 2011 “Can Volunteered Geographic Information Be a Participant in eEnvironmenta and SDI?” In Environmental Software Systems. Frameworks of eEnvironment, 115–122. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 359. Springer [Peer Reviewed]
  16. Peter Mooney, Padraig Corcoran, and Adam C. Winstanley. 2010. “Towards Quality Metrics for OpenStreetMap.” In Proceedings of the 18th SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, 514–17. GIS ’10. New York, NY, USA: ACM. [Peer Reviewed]
  17. Ciepluch, B, Jacob, R, Peter Mooney and Winstanley A.C “Comparison of the accuracy of OpenStreetMap for Ireland with Google Maps and Bing Maps”. 9th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Enviromental 2010 [Peer Reviewed]
  18. Ying, Fangli, Peter Mooney, Padraig Corcoran, and Adam C. Winstanley. 2010. “A Model for Progressive Transmission of Spatial Data Based on Shape Complexity.” SIGSPATIAL Special 2 (3): 25–30. [Peer Reviewed]

Guest Editorship on Peer Reivewed Journals

Memberships of Scientific Networks

  • I am European Co-chair of ICA-OSGeo Labs (International Cartographic Association and Open Source Geospatial Consortium) “GeoForAll” initiative http://www.geoforall.org/
  • I am a Management Committee Member and Working Group Chair of the EU COST Action CA15212 “Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe”. http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15212 [Began September 2016]
  • I was a Management Committee Member and Working Group Co-Chair of the EU COST Action TD1202 “Mapping and the Citizen Sensor”.
  • I was a member of EU COST Action IC1203 “European Network Exploring Research into Geospatial Information Crowdsourcing”.
  • I represent Ireland at European Commission meetings on Air Quality Directive and INSPIRE meetings.
  • I am a member of the Irish National Open Access Committee.
  • I am a member of the International Cartographic Association Commission on Open Source Geospatial Technologies.
  • I am the National Academic Delegate for Ireland to EuroSDR (not-for-profit organisation linking National Mapping Agencies with Research Institutes and Universities in Europe)
  • I am an ICT advisor to Ireland's National Air Quality and Health Steering Group run by EPA.

Outside Academia and Professional Activities

While I am not thinking about spatial data, algorithms, open access to data, or web mapping you will most likely find me: running(marathons), taking photographs (see my Flickr profile) and enjoying the beauty of the midlands of Ireland (1) (2), (3) . Running is a particular passion of mine and in the past few years I have set reasonably fast personal bests of 2h:28m for the marathon, 1h:12m for the half marathon, 3h:16m for 50 Kilometers, and 15m:37s for 5KM. To March 2019 I have completed 91 marathons - which includes over 68 sub 3 hour marathons, 48 sub 2:50 marathons and 24 sub 2:40 marathons.