***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** *Visualising Research Competition* *aligned with the British Library’s Beautiful Science exhibition * http://datasets.org.uk/compo/compo.html 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 <http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/Pages/Home.aspx>, 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 <http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/> - 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, http://cns.iu.edu Curator, Mapping Science exhibit, http://scimaps.org 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 _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.