Powers of Ten: Census Edition and Cross-sections Map for New York City are on view at the Museum of the City of New York. Both maps aim to change the interfaces designed for Census data by using physical scale and experiences as orienting concepts for visualizing the contents of the Census. These two digital maps designed by Mellon Associate Research Scholar, Jia Zhang, are being exhibited as part of "Who We Are," from November 22, 2019-September 20, 2020.
Apply for Mapping for the Urban Humanities: A Summer Institute
A call for applications. Mapping for the Urban Humanities is a six day skills-building workshop in critical cartography, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is designed to expand the disciplinary locations within which spatial knowledge in the urban humanities is produced and interpreted. Workshop participants will learn key skills in mapping, data collection, and data visualization that they can incorporate into their research and teaching. Space is limited. Interested faculty and doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply by January 31, 2019.
Points Unknown, a new collaboration between the Center for Spatial Research, Brown Institute and Faculty from the Journalism School, launched a five-week course module this week for students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Map-a-thon for Puerto Rico featured in New York Times
CSR researchers and students and steering committee members participate in map-a-thon to assist with the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico featured by PBS NewsHour: "Volunteers are helping Puerto Rico from home, with a map anyone can edit"
Just Published: Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households
Our article Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households: An Exploratory Analysis in New York City has been published in the Journal of Public Transportation. In this paper, we used multiple datasets to explore taxicab fare payments by neighborhood and examine how paid taxicab fares are associated with use of conventional banking services.
CSR Researcher Juan Francisco Saldarriaga to Speak at Bloomberg – Data for Good Exchange
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be presenting his recent paper ‘Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households’ during the Data for Good Exchange yearly conference at Bloomberg. The conference will take place on September 25th, 2016.
The Art of Data Visualization: Activity Mapping Lecture
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be presenting two recent center projects in his talk ‘Activity Mapping’ during the Art of Data Visualization conference to be held at Columbia University on April 6th. The talk will take place at the Davis Auditorium (room 412 Schapiro CEPSR) from 10:50 AM to 11:30 AM.
Columbia Data Science Society Lecture - Next Level Data Visualization
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be presenting multiple center projects emphasizing process and code for the Data Science Society at Columbia University. He will describe in detail how to gather data from public APIs and how to use different visualization tools to produce compelling graphics.
The Art of Data Visualization: Activity Mapping Workshop
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga will be leading a workshop on how to download API data using Python in the context of the Art of Data Visualization conference to be held at Columbia University on April 7th. The workshop will take place at the Digital Social Science Center (215 Lehman Library) from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Curbed contributor Rowley Amato writes about our CitiBike Rebalancing Study: "It's been a rough couple of months for Citi Bike, what with the revelation that the program requires "tens of millions" to stay afloat, or news that annual membership rates could skyrocket from $95 to $150/year. Still, that's not stopping Columbia University fromattempting to perfect the imperfect system."
"The Science (and Maps) Behind Finding Available Citi Bikes and Docks" - Streetsblog
Streetsblog contributor Stephen Miller wrote about our CitiBike Rebalancing study: "Coming across an empty bike-share station when you need a bike — or a full one, when you need a dock — is a disappointing experience, to say the least. While Citi Bike’s rebalancing efforts try to keep up by shuttling bikes around town, the company is working against a tide that shifts demand unevenly across its service area."
"The ultimate riddle of supply and demand: bikeshare" - The Washington Post
Emily Badger of the Washington Post wrote about our CitiBike Rebalancing Study: "As a form of public transportation, bikeshare systems have one major catch: The bikes seldom circulate themselves in quite the way planners would like. If users traveled around town in all directions, at all times of day, in relatively equal numbers, docks would empty and refill naturally. None would ever be totally empty. None would ever be completely full."
As part of the Urban Design Event Series (5 Borough Studio, Summer 2014), Juan Francisco Saldarriaga presented the lecture Activity Mapping, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.
Visualising Data - Best of the visualisation web… June 2014
Craig M. Dalton reviews "Close Up at a Distance" in Geographical Review, Volume 103, Issue 4. He opens with: "Kurgan's Close up at a Distance is an ingenious and exciting push at the margins of what is possible to see and understand using satellite imagery, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The book is a review of and reflection on her provocative artistic and design projects using geotechnologies since the early 1990s."
UrbanTick reviews "Close up at a Distance": "What do we see, when we see the world? In today's world transcended by digital technology and flooded with representations, models and mashups the question of 'what are we looking at?' becomes more important. The many layers of data and visualisations in many cases start clouding the subject or in some cases appears completely detached from it and develop a dynamic of their own."
"Ways of Seeing" Review of "Close Up at a Distance"
The Atlantic City Lab reviews Laura Kurgan's new book Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics. "Thanks to the open data movement and Google Map Maker, anyone with a computer can create a map. These maps tell a story, but it's a subjective one. And while that can be a powerful tool, it can also skew perspectives and cloud a debate."