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Dr Ash Smith



I'm the University of Southampton's 'Lodmaster', the member of iSolutions responsible for the University's linked open data.

I have a PhD, which I completed at Southampton in 2008 under the supervision of Prof Dame Wendy Hall and Prof Les Carr. I've previously worked in industry both as a software developer and as a freelance web programmer and designer, and after a few years working as a web science researcher, I now work as part of the University's IT innovation team, although still an 'honourary' member of WAIS.

I am a lifelogger, which essentially means I never throw anything away or delete anything. I have GPS logs going back to 2006, text messages going back to 2004, emails going back to 1998 and digital photos going back even further than that. My obsession with data is what helps me enjoy my job!

In my spare time, I build unnecessary technology into my house and maintain the largest marble run in the university.




  • PhD, University of Southampton (thesis)
  • MSc Internet Systems Development, University of Portsmouth
  • BSc(hons) Computer Science, University of Southampton

Conferences attended


Smith, Ashley, Carr, Leslie and Hall, Wendy (2005) An Opportunistic Approach to Adding Value to a Photograph Collection. At 4th International Semantic Web Conference, Galway, Ireland,

Smith, A, Hall, W, Glaser, H and Carr, L A (2006) Towards Truly Ubiquitous Life Annotation. At Memories for Life Colloquium 2006, The British Library, London, England,

Smith, Ashley (2008) Who Controls the Past Controls the Future - Life Annotation in Principle and Practice. University of Southampton, School of Electronics and Computer Science, Doctoral Thesis .

Osmond, Adrian, Hare, Jonathan, Price, Joseph, Smith, Ashley, Weal, Mark, Wills, Gary, Yang , Yang, Yardley, Lucy and De Roure, David (2009) Designing authoring tools for the creation of on-line behavioural interventions. In, Proceedings 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Cologne, Germany,

Smith, Ashley, O'Hara, Kieron and Lewis, Paul (2011) Visualising the Past: Annotating a Life with Linked Open Data. In, Web Science Conference 2011, Koblenz , Germany, 14 - 17 Jun 2011.

Packer, Heather S., Smith, Ash and Lewis, Paul (2012) MemoryBook: Generating Narratives from Lifelogs. In, Narrative and Hypertext Workshop 2012, Milwaukee, WI, US,

Coskun, Elisabeth, White, Su and Smith, Ash (2015) Mapping the web science curriculum(s). In, ACM Web Science 2015, Oxford, GB, 28 Jun - 01 Jul 2015. ACM, 1pp.

Basford, Philip, Bragg, Graeme, Hare, Jonathon, Jewell, Mike, Martinez, Kirk, Newman, David, Pau, Reena, Smith, Ash and Ward, Tyler (2016) Erica the Rhino: a case study in using Raspberry Pi Single Board Computers for interactive art. [in special issue: Raspberry Pi Technology] Electronics, 5, (3), 1-18. (doi:10.3390/electronics5030035).


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