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*Visualising Research Competition*
*aligned with the British Library’s Beautiful Science exhibition *

      Bringing public data to life

Can you present complex data to tell a compelling story that anyone will 
be able to understand?

Every year our seven Research Councils 
<>, funded by UK tax payers, spend 
around £3 billion on research that improves lives and the world around 
us. Research Council funds are awarded on the basis of applications made 
by researchers, which are subject to independent, expert peer review. 
Applications are judged by considering a combination of factors, 
including their scientific excellence, timeliness and promise, strategic 
relevance, economic and social impacts, industrial and stakeholder 
relevance, value for money and staff training potential.

Key data from the seven Research Councils are now available from one 
place - Gateway to Research <> - enabling anyone 
to interrogate grants awarded, publications, people and organisations.

The purpose of this challenge is to develop visualisations of the 
Gateway to Research data that can be easily understood by the public. 
Displaying these data in an accessible way will also have benefits for a 
range of sectors, stakeholders including policy makers, other funding 
bodies and the media.

We are inviting designers, graphic artists, software developers, 
programmers and anyone with an interest in data visualisation to produce 
images that will show how this public funding contributes to research in 
the UK.

For this competition, we value:

  * Enlightening the general public over targeting niche
    special-interest groups
  * Use of Open Data over use of proprietary data
  * Open collaborations over entries by individuals
  * Conveyance of accurate and clear information over sensationalism
  * Cross-disciplinary teams (developers, designers, graphic artists,
    journalists, etc) over single-discipline teams
  * A finished, re-usable, shareable visualisation over a concept or
    paper prototype

      The closing date is 21 March 2014 (17:00 GMT)

The winning entry will be announced on 28 April 2014 and will be awarded 
a cash prize of £2,000.

Katy Borner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science
Director, CI for Network Science Center,
Curator, Mapping Science exhibit,

ILS, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
Wells Library 021, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
Phone: (812) 855-3256  Fax: -6166

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