Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service
Andrew Battista is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Librarian for Geospatial Information Systems at New York University, where he facilitates GIS learning and develops geospatial data collections for the NYU community.
Battista earned a Ph.D. in English Literature in 2011 and since then has taught courses on information literacy, social media, art history, and the politics of information. In addition to geospatial literacy, he is interested in digital humanities, critical library pedagogy, social media, human attention, and games based learning.
We live in a data-rich world in which seemingly simple visualizations represent complex realities. Data has the potential to inform decision-making and influence public or corporate policy, and when visualized with appropriate context, data has the power to be an impetus for change in the world. In this hands-on introduction to data visualization, we will focus on finding data from public sources, cleaning it to prepare for visualization, then circulating visualizations on blogs, social media, or other online platforms with appropriate context. Our learning will take place through a sequence of projects that invite students to frame a problem or a question related to their career, find data, create visualizations, and then circulate them online.