Hi! I’m Juan Francisco Saldarriaga.
I am a researcher at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University.
I work at the intersection of data, GIS, visualization, journalism, architecture, urbanism, and the humanities, and I teach graduate level workshops and seminars on mapping, advanced GIS and data visualization. In the past I’ve worked as a research scholar at the Center for Spatial Research and the Spatial Information Design Lab, as an architectural designer for Carlos Zapata Studio and D.G.T. Architects, and as the GIS project coordinator for the Catholic Charities of New York. I also have a degree in philosophy…
Here are some of my projects. In time, more will be added.
We’ve transformed the terms of service and data policies of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google into a database powering an interactive visualization.
A dynamic topographical installation that visualizes the leading causes of death in New York City between 2007 and 2013.
Two interactive maps for the Misión de Observación Electoral in Colombia. One featuring recent and upcoming elections around the world, and another featuring members of the Global Network for Domestic Electoral Monitoring.
An interactive mapping, data visualization, and spatial analysis project that examines the Colombian conflict and tries to understand its patterns and ramifications.
An interactive mapping project documenting the reach and locations of the institutions and agencies involved in New York City's criminal justice system.
Using the abstract and citations of a peer-reviewed paper, Science Surveyor provides journalists context about that paper in several easy-to-read visualizations.
An interactive map of climate change showing multiple El Niño related events around the world and throughout history. This map illustrates the global reach of El Niño.
An interactive data visualization and mapping analysis of 6 years of oil shipment routes to and from U.S. ports.
A short animation that visualizes public activity around Science City. Based on wifi access data, it charts the increasing number of people moving and working in downtown Vegas.
These minimal vignettes describe the activity around each station in the Bay Area Bike Share system and beautifully illustrate the diversity of the system.
This interactive visualization provides insights into the GSAPP's professions and helps record the different paths its graduates have taken.
A visual exploration of New York City's Citibike usage patterns, specially centered on its rebalancing issues.