IEEE PacificVis 2017
Call for Visual Data Storytelling Contest Entries
Data storytelling, narrative visualization, and explanatory
visualization are popular emerging topics in visualization research.
For the first time, IEEE Pacific Visualization (PacificVis) 2017 will
feature a Visual Data Storytelling Contest. The purpose of this
contest is to encourage students, researchers, artists, journalists,
and other storytellers to demonstrate the value of visualization
through effective visual data storytelling.
PacificVis is a unified visualization symposium, welcoming all areas
of visualization such as: information, scientific, graph, security,
and software visualization. Storytellers are invited to submit visual
data-driven stories that draw upon any of these areas. Unlike contests
such as the VAST challenge or the SciVis Contest, the data for the
PacificVis visual data storytelling contest will be left unspecified;
storytellers are free to choose any publicly-available dataset(s).
Similarly, the task that storytellers are to accomplish is to
successfully communicate a message or series of messages (i.e., a
narrative, a series of insights) using visualization techniques and
supported by the underlying data. The themes of the story can draw
from any topic, including current affairs, world history, and research
findings from the sciences and humanities.
Entries may be submitted by teams or individuals, and from both
industry and academia alike. Sponsors can participate
non-competitively. Submissions must fulfill the requirements explained
The storyteller is free to choose among these mediums: A
visual-data-driven story presented either as a static PDF image (e.g.,
an infographic or comic strip), as a slideshow, or as a MPEG, AVI, or
Quicktime video (e.g., an animation or data video). The story must be
submitted as a single file. A succinct story title or headline. A
150-word extended abstract using the poster template that briefly
describes the data analysis and design process undertaken by the
storyteller(s). The abstract should not include the message(s)
communicated by the story; the story must stand alone in this regard
such that a viewer should not need to read the abstract to understand
A list of references that include the publicly-available dataset(s)
that informed the story and those that are visually represented within
the story, as well as any tools, libraries, previously published
techniques, or software applications used during the data analysis and
story design process.
The story must feature at least one programmatically-generated visual
representation of data; visual representations of data generated by
manual illustration (e.g., on paper, using illustration software) are
allowed; however, these representations must be used in conjunction
with a programmatically-generated visual representations of data. In
addition, the programmatically-generated visual representation(s)
should be the authors’ own work, using techniques or tools created by
the authors. Third party techniques or applications may be used in
conjunction with the authors’ own work as long as proper credit is
given to their respective creators and it is made clear which aspects
of the implementation represent the authors’ own work.
The entries must be original data-driven stories that have not been
previously published elsewhere. For the winning entries we expect the
following additional requirements: At least one member of the winning
team must register for the conference and be present at the contest's
award ceremony. One author should introduce the story and describe the
data analysis and design approach (5 mins) at the award ceremony. The
authors of the winning entries may be invited to co-author an article
along with the contest chairs. Best entries will be described in the
The submission deadline is January 28th 2017 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
The title, submission file, abstract, and reference list should be
submitted via PCS.
The notification date is February 14th 2017.
Final Submission: Feb. 21, 2017.
Awards and Rating
A jury of visualization and data storytelling experts will carefully
judge each submission. Successful entries will effectively communicate
a narrative, message(s), or insight(s) using visual representations of
Winning entries will receive a certificate.
The jury members will be announced before the submission deadline.
For questions regarding the contest, please do not hesitate to contact
the chairs directly via [log in to unmask]
Ivan Viola, TU Wien, Austria
Kyungwon Lee, Ajou University, Korea
Matthew Brehmer, Microsoft Research, USA
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