Session 10: Work Sessions & Journalism Review

For the next class on Friday, April 7, we would like you to continue to work with your groups (and editors!) to work towards producing your final geospatial narrative. In addition, please review the stories below. These are journalistic pieces that have novel implementations of maps as stories. Please review…

Session 9: Progress Update

For session 9, we will continue our work in ArcGIS. The focus of session 9 will be performing multi-criteria evaluation and decision analysis. If you did not attend Session 8, please find time to work through the tutorial on Spatial Statistics, found on the tutorial section of the site. For…

Session 8: Progress Update (and GIS Intro)

For session 8, we will begin our work in ArcGIS. The focus of session 8 will be performing multi-criteria evaluation and decision. Individual Because session 8 lacks an introduction to ArcGIS, we're asking that you take time to walk through two introductory tutorials online prior to next Friday's course (3/…

Session 7: The Pitch

For session 7, we will break into groups and meet with the site editors. To successfully prepare for this meeting, students are required to complete the following tasks by next week: Individual Conduct a site visit and spend 1 hour recording observations. If you'd like, you also can use this…

Session 6: Cartography Readings + Interviews

Part I Individual By Midnight Thursday 2/22/18, please read the following articles submit a response to the blog. In your response, please describe how you might apply techniques or criticims posed by an article(s) to help shape your cartographic narrative: Cosgrove, Denis. “Moving Maps.” Geography and Vision:…

Session 5: Exploratory Data Analysis

GROUP Please spend this week performing additional research into the three aspects or issues you identified last week. For each aspect or issue, find and post a dataset (spatial or not, drawn from pdfs, reports, maps, or web-scraping) and perform exploratory data analysis. By Midnight on Thursday 2/15/18,…

Session 4: Preliminary Site Research

GROUP By Midnight next Thursday (2/8/18), please submit on the class blog preliminary research about your team's site. Do the background clip searches and other research that Tali talked about last week and that Michael will go over this week--add in, of course, whatever else you would normally…

Readings for Session #3

The readings due for discussion in session 3 (2/2/18) can be found below. For both stories, think critically about the ways in which data shaped the research/reporting. Please write a brief response (minimum 100 words) highlighting one aspect of either story that you found to be novel.…

Readings for Session #2

The readings due for discussion in session 2 (1/26/18) are found below. When reading, please think critically about the sourcing that shaped each story. Eugene L. Meyer, In the Chesapeake, A Place Apart, The New York Times, September 25, 2008 Chris Arnade, McDonald’s: You Can Sneer, But…

Welcome to the Points Unknown Blog

Welcome to the Points Unknown blog, a place for reflections and updates from the GSAPP Course Points Unknown being offered in Spring 2018. Updates will include responses to readings, data/research pertaining to site exploration, and found examples of cartographic narratives. All contributions are made by either faculty of the…