Digital Collections Catalyst in Residence

Dr. Keir Winesmith is the Digital Collections Catalyst for 2020

Dr. Keir Winesmith will work with State Library to develop 'Mapping future Brisbane' - a predictive mapping tool that allows users to see Brisbane's past and experiment with how Brisbane could change into the future.


About the project: Mapping future Brisbane

As our inaugural Digital Collections Catalyst, Keir Winesmith is developing a predictive mapping project to help visualise and analyse evolving Brisbane futures. An interactive online tool will be created for users to experiment with how different planning priorities lead to different Brisbane futures. The digital experience is powered by a machine leaning model that is trained on State Library maps and collections.

Watch the video for more information and fill out the survey below.

Music by

What is your vision for future Brisbane?

Does it prioritise green space, public transport, housing, or entertainment?
Have your say by completing this short survey and subscribe to receive updates on this project.

About the 2020 Digital Collections Catalyst

Dr. Keir Winesmith has been working at the intersection of digital, culture and place for the last two decades. He has created or collaborated on immersive and interactive cultural experiences in Australia, the U.S. and Europe, and in 2018 was named in Fast Company's '100 Most Creative in Business' for his work in this area. He currently leads a small strategic design agency and is an Adjunct Professor at UNSW Art & Design.

Winesmith previously led the digital departments of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and in March 2020 published the book 'The Digital Future of Museums: Conversation and Provocations' with Dr. Suse Anderson.

Dr. Winesmith holds a Ph.D. in New Media, degrees in Computer Science and Physics. Keir, and his work, have been featured in the ABC, BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, Radio NZ, WIRED magazine and many others.

About the residency

The Digital Collections Catalyst in Residence initiative aims to attract developers and creatives to support innovative and creative uses of our digital collections and collections data. We are interested in highly creative and experimental ideas that bring together technology with cultural heritage to inspire Queenslanders through State Library collections.

For more information, email or call the Coordinator, Digital Library Initiatives at 07 3840 7762.