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Discovery Exhibition

InfoVis 2009 Discovery Exhibition

After the underwhelming participation in last year's InfoVis contest, there will be a different approach this year: The InfoVis Discovery Exhibition. The goal is to collect reports of visualization is used in real-world scenarios, and how visualization tools can help solve real problems. There are already two examples, and with enough participation, this should turn into a great resource. See below for how you can participate, and what's in it for you.

Call for Participation – Discovery Exhibition

VisWeek 2009 will for the first time host a Discovery Exhibition. It is intended to be a venue for everyone in the visualization community to share stories about the results of applied research and to publish reports on the impact that visualization research or simply visualization use has had on the work and life of people. Sharing these stories with the community will help us all improve our understanding about the role of visualization in work, research, entertainment, and many other areas, after it has moved out of the research realm. To encourage publishing reports about the application of visualization systems to real world problems, we specifically allow submissions that report the impact of previously published work on its user community.


The content of the submissions can be insights, discoveries, or general stories of visualization use in any domain or data. The description should show a real user community. For example, an entry could talk about insights made by a group of environmental scientists trying to find a cause of global warming using a specific visualization. The entry should provide information on the impact that insights (or findings) have had. It is ok to use existing tools. If necessary, the dataset can be anonymized.

Submissions could, for example, include information on:

  • What discoveries have users made? What have they learned about their data that they did not know before? What insights have they gained?
  • What impact did the findings, insights, or discoveries have on their community?
  • What surprising uses of visualization tools were seen? Were tools re-appropriated to answer very different questions than they were designed for?
  • What was necessary to integrate a system or tool into everyday work practices? What were the obstacles to introducing new visualization technologies (if any)?


Please use the following link to submit your entry:

Submissions consist of:

  • A 2-page write-up following the VisWeek poster template. These should focus on: the domain and data, insights/discoveries/findings and process in which they were acquired, impact of visualization use, and representations, interactions, and tools used if any.
  • Optional video submissions that explain your contribution.
  • Please check the Discovery Exhibition website ( for updated information on submission templates, dates, FAQ, and examples.

Review and Rewards:

The contest co-chairs will judge entries based on whether they meet the submission criteria. We will give out awards for various categories based on the quality of the submissions (e.g. quality of the write-up, of the insight, etc.). The exact award categories will depend on the received entries.

All accepted entries will be archived and published on the Discovery Exhibition website. At the conference all accepted submissions will be presented as posters. Please check the website for more detailed information closer to the conference.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: July 17th, 2009


Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research

Jing Yang, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Petra Isenberg, University of Calgary

Posted by Robert Kosara on May 27, 2009.