Data: Slicing and Dicing

With 1,861 artists registered for the GO open studio weekend in September, we’ve had a mountain of data to organize to make sure folks can find their way through Brooklyn to all the studios. The first thing we had to do was decide what system to use to divide up the borough. What is the most neutral way of mapping out the boundaries? Going by neighborhood names is pretty fuzzy, especially since the same address could be in as many as three different neighborhoods, depending on who you’re talking to (consider Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, and Bushwick, for example). We thought of using Zip Codes, but those boundaries are fairly haphazard, especially when many people don’t know the code and how it relates to specific neighborhoods. So we settled on the tried-and-true grid system, overlaying 12 quadrants on the Brooklyn map and adjusting the quadrant sizes based on the number of studios in each.

Each quadrant will eventually be a page in the GO map booklet, accompanied by the directory of studios for that quadrant. The maps will have numbered dots corresponding to the studios. So, say there’s one artist for each studio location—that’s one dot, one studio. Simple. But what about the buildings with multiple studios? We’re grouping them together in the directory for each building—one dot, several studios. Right now our GO project designer, Jon Grizzle, is generating the underlying street maps, which I’m going over. Jon will place the dots over the maps, and we’ll be checking those dots against each studio address. It’s all about taking the data—every street, building, and studio—and making sure it’s right on the “dot.”