Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith

Sense Editor
June 22, 2011

Dr Andrew Hudson Smith has been instrumental in developing the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis(CASA) into a world – leading research lab in the area of visualisation and transferring research into the commercial and private sector. This is most evident in the recent Virtual London, GENeSIS and MapTube projects which he manages. The main topics of his research involve developing visual techniques for urban planning, three dimensional city visualisations and public participation by means of web-based systems utilising GIS and CAD.

Dr. Hudson Smith works closely with/ is a founder(?) of Tales Of Things, a web community aspiring to build the internet of things from a grassroots level upwards. It is a streamlined platform which allows users to add metadata to their objects provided some form of digital transcription mediator (such as a QR code, or RFID chip) is utilised. The project has already witnessed fascinating employment in the realm of consumer engagement and social memory through the ‘Remember Me & Remember Us TOTem’ project which recently featured at Future Everything 2011{link}

A further application of the Tales of Things architecture has been implemented through the QRator: which is a collaboration between CASA and the UCL Digital Humanities Project. The QRator allows museum visitors to tag museum objects allowing a visitor driven folksonomy to coexist alongside taxonomies defined by museum curators.

The QRator will permit the development of new kinds of content, co-curated by the public, museum curators, and academic researchers, to enhance museum interpretation, community engagement and establish new connections to museum exhibit content.

Maptube: Online Map Mash Up

Maptube: Online Map Mash Up Software

Dr. Hudson – Smith has also instigated innovative approches to accessible data visualizations, opening up the mash up in an interactive manner. MapTube (pictured above) was an early trailblazer in the realm of infographic mash – ups, allowing users to pose meaningful questions of a dataset through the process of overlaying maps. Survey Mapper (as demoed below) is an easy to use survey creator which allowed survey results to be overlaid with maps in real time.

Andrew is author of the Digital Urban Blog, attracting over 2000 daily readers it was recently voted one of the Top 5 Web 2.0 Blogs by PC Pro Magazine.