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Keywords:

  • James Cheshire and Ed Manley, Twitter Languages in London, The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London (UCL);
  • Fabian Neuhaus;
  • building information modelling (BIM);
  • application programming interfaces (APIs);
  • ‘big data’;
  • Google Translate software;
  • Oyster cards;
  • The London Datastore;
  • Greater London Authority (GLA);
  • geographic information system (GIS);
  • Internet of Things (IoT), Auto-ID research group;
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT);
  • Xively public cloud;
  • Tales of Things;
  • Digital Economy Research Councils UK;
  • The Chambermaid;
  • Banksy;
  • Oliver O'Brien;
  • Muki Haklay;
  • SIS Software;
  • Lord Mayor's Show;
  • Shane Johnson and Martin Zaltz Austwick, Tagging and Tracking the London Riots, Department for Security and Crime Science;
  • Joan Serras, Mapping London's Daily Bus Trips;
  • CityDashboard;
  • iPad;
  • Office of the Mayor of London;
  • Flora Roumpani, Procedural Urban Data Modelling in CityEngine

Abstract

The proliferation of social media and software, such as building information modelling (BIM), has led to an unprecedented accumulation of data in the last few years, which can be tracked, tagged and scanned.With it, buildings and cities have been transformed into portals for information. Andrew Hudson-Smith, Director at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London (UCL), describes how the ability to use emerging urban analytic tool kits provides the possibility of a real-time view of the city and a crystal-ball-like glimpse into urban networks of the future.