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John Stasko <[log in to unmask]>
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What's the score?: The 1st Workshop on Sports Data Visualization
Atlanta, Georgia
October 2013

Few areas involve, generate, and celebrate data in the manner that 
sports does. Almost any sport, be it individual or team, produces large 
amounts of data as the result of matches, data that lend themselves to 
statistical analysis.

This area of sports analytics continues to gain popularity and is 
perhaps most connected to the sport of baseball, largely through the 
work of people like Bill James and books and films such as Moneyball. 
More recently, other sports, including basketball, soccer, professional 
football, ice hockey, and golf have begun to be the focus of analytics 
Surprisingly, there have been few applications of visualization 
presentation and exploration tools to sports data. General purpose 
displays, interaction techniques, and tools like Tableau are often used 
to present simple views of sports data, but complex structure and 
relationships in the data frequently necessitate approaches that 
leverage domain knowledge. Some sports-specific visualizations exist 
(for example, the commonly used basketball shot chart), but they have 
largely remained stagnant. Special-purpose tools that allow people to 
explore and analyze sports data interactively could not only enhance the 
enjoyment of fans, but also assist media coverage and team officials' 
decision making.

This workshop will serve as the first meeting of researchers and 
practitioners interested in presenting sports data through 
visualization. It will provide an opportunity for those engaged in this 
topic to interact and share their experiences.  Hopefully, it will spur 
growth in a new sub-area of data visualization for the future.
All registered attendees of VisWeek are encouraged to attend the 
workshop. In order to present a paper, it is necessary to have your 
paper accepted.

We are soliciting papers and presentations covering topics across the 
visualization spectrum, including visualization design, presentation and 
storytelling techniques and tools, and more traditional infovis tools 
for exploration. Work should focus on topics specific to the use of 
visualization on sports data, rather than general tools or techniques 
with only a tangential connection to sports data.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Design ideas and representations for sports data visualizations,
* Visual methods for storytelling with sports data,
* Exploration and discovery within sports data,
* Data and visual analytics techniques for sports data,
* Visualization designs for specific sports domains,
* Visualization designs for specific target audiences (e.g. officials, 
team managers, or the general public),
* Tools and techniques for visual representation or exploration of data 
for a single game,
* Tools and techniques for visual representation or exploration of data 
for multiple games or matches,
* Evaluation methodologies and guidelines.

Papers can be up to eight pages long, with the length of the submission 
corresponding to the technique's contribution. All papers will be 
peer-reviewed by the workshop organizers.

* Deadline for submissions: September 6, 2013

* Notification of acceptance: September 13, 2013

* Camera ready papers due: September 20, 2013

* Workshop October 2013 (date TBD)

Please email your submissions to 

All submissions should be formatted in the IEEE VIS format style 
<>). Submissions must 
be made in PDF.

Rahul Basole, Georgia Institute of Technology
Edward Clarkson, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Andy Cox, The Weather Company and Crashing the Dance
Christopher Healey, North Carolina State University
John Stasko, Georgia Institute of Technology
Chad Stolper, Georgia Institute of Technology

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