October 24 - 29, 2010 | Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Call for Participation » Discovery Exhibition

The Discovery Exhibition is a conference venue in which we share stories about the impact that visualization research has had on the end-user community.

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 discovery exhibition entries will also be published on our website: www.discoveryexhibition.org.


The content of a discovery submission is not about a visualization tool itself. Instead it has to focus on the impact that the use of the tool or the visualization has had on a specific user group. The content of the submissions has to focus on the 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 datasets can be anonymized, but no synthetic data is allowed. 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)?

For submission instructions visit the Discovery Exhibition website (http://www.discoveryexhibition.org/).

Review and Rewards

The contest chairs will judge entries based on whether they meet the submission criteria. We will give out awards in various categories.

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.

For questions, please send email to discovery_exhibition@vgtc.org.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: Monday, July 19th, 2010


Petra Isenberg, INRIA
Nathalie Henry, Microsoft Research
Jinwook Seo, Seoul National University

Important Dates

VisWeek 2010
Sunday, October 24 - Friday, October 29, 2010

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