Geospatial Story Telling and The NYC Space/Time Directory


6:30 - 7:00 Networking and refreshments

7:00 - 7:20 Announcements and Geospatial Story Telling with Nikolai Janakiev

7:20 - 8:20 The NYC Space/Time Project with Bert Spaan and Mauricio Giraldo

Speaker: Nikolai Janakiev

Title: Geospatial story telling

Abstract: The talk will present an attempt to tell a story through collected geospatial data during my stay in New York City. The project explores different ways I used to visualize collected gps data combined with public geospatial data to form a visual story. The talk will also cover a rough introduction to basic geospatial concepts and tools.

Bio: Nikolai is currently a researcher at CUNY in medical imaging and he comes from Austria with a background in computer science and image and signal processing.

Speakers: Bert Spaan and Mauricio Giraldo

Title: The NYC Space/Time Directory

Abstract: The NYC Space/Time Directory will make urban history accessible through the kinds of interactive, location-aware tools used to navigate modern cityscapes. It will provide a way for scholars, students, and enthusiasts to explore New York City across time periods, and to add their own knowledge and expertise.

Over the past five years, NYPL Labs has worked on many digitization, crowdsourcing, and digital cartography projects, all aiming to make the collection of the New York Public Library more accessible. The NYC Space/Time Directory will build on top of those efforts, and it will create new connections between previously unconnected library collections and data sources.


Mauricio enjoys playing with code, objects and all things interactive. He is currently an interaction designer and manager of the Product and R&D group at NYPL Labs, The New York Public Library’s digital innovation unit. One of his favorite projects is Building Inspector, a tool to extract data from historic insurance atlases through a combination of computational and human processes.

Mauricio spent the last fifteen years designing and developing interaction design projects for a wide range of commercial, academic, private and public institutions. Mauricio is an Industrial Designer from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia where he also lectured for six years. He also holds a Master in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Bert is a computer scientist and cartographer at NYPL Labs, The New York Public Library's digital innovation unit. At NYPL Labs, Bert works on the NYC Space/Time Directory, a project which aims to turn historical maps and other geographic sources from the library's collection into a digital time-travel service for New York City.

Before moving to New York City, Bert lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he worked for Waag Society, a non-profit research institute for arts, science and technology. At Waag Society, Bert worked on many different open data, geo and visualization projects, and he was the organizer of Maptime Amsterdam, a monthly digital cartography meetup.