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Data visualisation contest launched to explore research funded in the UK

Data visualisation context launched to explore research funded in the UK - 27 February 2014. James Rosindell, Imperial College London 2012
News from: Arts and Humanities Research Council
News from: The British Library

Around £3Bn of Government funding is apportioned annually between the seven UK Research Councils. This investment creates a huge amount of information, which is held in the Gateway to Research database and is available for anyone to access online. But how can people make sense of this mass of complex data in its raw form?

Inspired by the British Library's newest exhibition, Beautiful Science, BBSRC, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library have launched a competition which challenges entrants to create a striking visualisation using this data, and reveal to the public how research is funded in the UK.

One Zoom Tree (c) James Rosindell, Imperial College London 2012 http://www.onezoom.org
One Zoom Tree ©. Image: James Rosindell, Imperial College London 2012

Visualising Research is open to designers, graphic artists, software developers, programmers and anyone with an interest in data visualisation. The winning entry will need to tell a compelling story that anyone will be able to understand, and will make use of the complex data available in the RCUK database. Anyone can enter from around the world – either as an individual or with others, and the winning entry will be awarded a £2,000 cash prize.

The closing date for the competition is 21 March 2014 and our judges include Professor Jackie Hunter, Chief Executive, BBSRC, Katy Börner, Victor H. Yngve, Professor of Information Science, Indiana University and Guardian Digital Agency.

For more information and examples, visit the Visualising Research website.

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