Andrea Ballatore was the research coordinator for the Center for Spatial Studies (spatial@ucsb) from February 2014 to December 2015. In 2013 he received a Ph.D. in geographic information science from University College Dublin with a dissertation on semantic similarity in OpenStreetMap. He has worked as a software engineer in Italy and Ireland, and as a lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on representations of place, geo-semantics, and volunteered geographic information at the intersection between computer science, human geography, and media studies. While at the Center, Ballatore restructured and redesigned the spatial website and organized the very dynamic ThinkSpatial lecture series.