Courses

Current and Upcoming

Points Unknown - GSAPP Spring 2019: Introduction to mapping, spatial data analysis, and aspects of journalistic practice (including interviewing and storytelling) for GSAPP students. Spring semester, 16 weeks.

Points Unknown - Journalism Spring 2019 (A): Introduction to mapping, spatial data analysis, and representation for M.A., M.S., Dual-Degree, and Ph.D. journalism students. Five evenings in the first half of the semester; dates TBA.

Points Unknown - Journalism Spring 2019 (B): An introduction to web-mapping, spatial data analysis, and representation for M.A., M.S., Dual-Degree, and Ph.D. journalism students. Five evenings in the second half of the semester; dates TBA.

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Points Unknown - GSAPP Spring 2018: Introduction to mapping, spatial data analysis, and aspects of journalistic practice (including interviewing and storytelling) for GSAPP students. Spring semester, 16 weeks.

Points Unknown - Journalism Spring 2018 (A): Introduction to mapping, spatial data analysis, and representation for M.A., M.S., Dual-Degree, and Ph.D. journalism students. Five evenings in the first half of the semester; dates TBA.

Points Unknown - Journalism Spring 2018 (B): An introduction to mapping, spatial data analysis, and representation for M.A., M.S., Dual-Degree, and Ph.D. journalism students. Five evenings in the second half of the semester; dates TBA.

Points Unknown - Journalism Fall 2017: Introduction to mapping, spatial data analysis, and representation for M.A., M.S., Dual-Degree, and Ph.D. journalism students. Thursday evenings, October 16 to November 16, 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Instructors & Advisors

Grga Basic is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Spatial Research, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he teaches courses on Geographic Information Systems and mapping. His research focuses on critical, narrative, and investigative cartography, and design representation. His fascination with maps started during his undergrad while he was mapping the geographic extent of his ecological footprint.

Marguerite Holloway is a professor and Director of Science and Environmental Journalism at the Journalism School. She is the author of a book about a surveyor and inventor named John Randel Jr.—who laid the grid plan on Manhattan in the early nineteenth century and made a series of remarkable maps—and she is author of an introduction to Manhattan in Maps.

Michael Krisch is the Deputy Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the Journalism School. He is fascinated by novel applications of data, specifically through the use of maps. His most recent mapping project explored the impacts of prison on the families of the incarcerated by mapping inmate placement within the Pennsylvania prison system and averaging commute times for visits.

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga is a Mellon Research Scholar at the Center for Spatial Research, at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He works at the intersection of urbanism, data, mapping and design. His most recent projects include a spatial analysis and visualization of forced displacement in the Colombian conflict, and statistical and geographical analysis of taxis in New York City.

Funding & Support

Points Unknown—designed jointly by faculty at the Graduate School of Journalism and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation—is funded by Collaboratory, a new university-wide program led by the Data Science Institute and Columbia Entrepreneurship to catalyze interdisciplinary curricular collaboration. The Points Unknown team would like to thank Collaboratory for this exciting opportunity.