Department of Geography


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Michael Stoner

  • Role Title: Senior Research Associate
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2500
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Science


I was an Electronic Engineer Technician for 18 months following on from an apprenticeship (NVQ level 4, HNC & OND).  I then went to university obtaining a BSc.  The following 10 years I worked in product development for consumer electronics including BluRay and DVB-T for Philips.  Afterwards I joined a GIS consult company for 3 years solving hard real world GIS problems, such as updating assets following base mapping changes, shifts, plus real time tracking and prediction of bus locations, traffic management and creating polygons from address seed data.  Special emphasis was placed on metrics and allowing the users of the systems to QA the changes.

In 2011 and some of 2012, my family and I travelled in Mexico and Spain.

Recently I have developed systems relating to location tracking of mobile users and marine vessels, with emphasis on scalability.  


  • GIS web/mobile application development, including architecture and server-side services.
  • Route planning/tracking
  • Usability of large data sets to allow discovery of relevant data       
  • Open Data initiatives

Currently, I am working on two projects. The first is for the Arts and Humanities Research Council to work with the US-led CHIA project to develop a Linked Data interface to our statistical holdings. The other is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the Pelagios 3 project led by the University of Southampton. I am integrating data from a newly created online gazetteer of all geographical places described in written and cartographic records prior to 1492 into our PastPlace gazetteer, and modifying the software which accesses it. 


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