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Columbia University and Thomson Reuters Launch Advanced Data Visualization Project

Columbia University and Thomson Reuters announced the launch of the Advanced Data Visualization Project (ADVP) based at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). The initiative, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, will facilitate research into data visualization and its implications for academia and industry in a world increasingly awash with data. 

Advances in digital archives and new data collected from embedded devices in common items such as clothing, cellphones, vehicles, roads, buildings, and anything else one can think of will fundamentally change the way societies plan, finance, monitor, maintain, modify, move within, interact with, and think about our cities. As the university unit devoted to the future of cities, the GSAPP at Columbia University is in a unique position to galvanize this universitywide project on the future of data visualization. Thomson Reuters, a leading source of intelligent information to businesses and professionals, is likewise in a unique position to support the highest level of research throughout this project.

The guiding proposition of the ADVP is that a research university will only be as effective as its ability to visualize data and that new modes of visualization will inevitably redefine all disciplines within the university, the relationships between disciplines, and the relationship between the university and the rapidly urbanizing world. Although based at the GSAPP, the project will explore data visualization applications in various fields including journalism, science, medicine and public health, law, architecture, planning and political science and use experts from the university, Thomson Reuters, and outside researchers. Thomson Reuters will be actively engaged with the program and lead one of six flagship visualization projects.

The first year of the ADVP will serve to establish the basic platform for a wider range of large-scale experiments to be carried out over the following 2 years, culminating in the establishment of a Universitywide Institute for Advanced Data Visualization at Columbia University. The first few years of the program will also serve to produce a definitive edited volume of exhibited experimental work that will become a guide to understand this evolving field.

Source: Thomson Reuters



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