[Infovis] New Event: Discovery Exhibition

Petra Isenberg petra.isenberg at ucalgary.ca
Fri May 29 17:35:34 CEST 2009

This year we are trying to establish a new event, the Discovery 
Exhibition <http://www.discoveryexhibition.org/>, at IEEE VisWeek 
<http://vis.computer.org/VisWeek2009/>. It is intended to stimulate 
forward thinking about the way in which visualization can play a role in 
work, research, entertainment, and many other areas. The exhibition, 
therefore, encourages the submission of impact reports of visualization 
(or visual analytics) use with a real user group and real data (possibly 
long after the first paper was published).

We are looking forward to your submissions and comments. Your support is 
greatly appreciated.

Bongshin Lee, Jing Yang, Petra Isenberg

      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
    * 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
      (http://www.discoveryexhibition.org)  frequently 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 
also receive some time to present their stories.  Presentations will 
consist of a poster and a short presentation during a conference 
session. 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

discovery_exhibition at vgtc.org

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