InfoVis 2005 Contest Closed
Technology Trends in the United States


The Winners


How to refer to the contest or the dataset

Grinstein, G., U. Cvek, M. Derthick, M. Trutschl, IEEE InfoVis 2005 Contest, Technology Data in the US,


Overview of the event

The InfoVis Contest is a participation category of the InfoVis 2005 Symposium.  It continues in the footsteps of the InfoVis 2004 Contest. The goal of the contest is to promote the development of benchmarks for information visualization and establish a forum to advance evaluation methods.

All categories of competitors (academic and commercial) may participate. We especially encourage student and class submissions.  We suggest that students planning to submit to the contest apply to be student volunteers immediately (the positions are filled quickly and you can always cancel if needed).  

Contest Chairs

    Georges Grinstein, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Urska Cvek, Louisiana State University

    Mark Derthick, Carnegie Mellon University

    Marjan Trutschl, Louisiana State University


     Send email to us at: Contest Chairs

Dataset and Tasks

Information about the dataset and tasks
     Register and download the dataset closed


We thank Michael Best, Professor Emeritus, at UMass Lowell, and Al Paquin, for providing detail explanations on the data set.

Schedule and deadlines

     February  22nd        Release of dataset
     around April 5th       Final version of dataset
     July  15th                  Deadline for submission
     August 14th              Acceptance notification 
     October 5th              Camera ready materials due
     October 23-25th       InfoVis and Vis conference in Minneapolis, MN

At the conference

First place entries will receive a prize and will present their work during the contest session at the conference. The length of the oral presentation is still to be determined but is likely to be similar to a short paper.

Second place entries will be presented as contest interactive posters at the conference. All accepted entries will be posted after the conference on the Information Visualization Benchmark Repository

We will award prizes for best entries in several categories. The judges will decide on the exact categories based on the material received - possibilities include "Best Overall", "Best Student Entry", and "Most Original".


The contest is open to all except those connected to the contest organizers and judges. If in doubt ask the contest chairs.

You may use any existing commercial product or research prototype, and of course you may combine tools.

At least one author of accepted submissions must attend the Symposium.

"Partial answers" are acceptable but we encourage you to attempt and address all tasks. In other words, if your tool or approach only addresses part of the dataset or a subset of the tasks, you may participate in the competition .

Submission Information 
     What to submit?

A 2-page PDF summary, a recorded demonstration and a completed standard form (using our template) with more information about the submission and the team.


The 2-page PDF summary should provide an overview of the submission and the analysis process, summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the approach, and provide at least one example screen shot. The 2-page summary should be formatted in two-column SIGGRAPH format as described the InfoVis 2005 Call for Participation . First and second place entries will have their 2-page summaries included as-is in the printed poster compendium.

You should use the template below to provide the answer to the tasks and report the insights gathered during your analysis. 
     Standard Form Template to use to report results (preview it, then download it with “save target as”) 
NOTE: if possible please use an editor that will not add additional tags to the form so it can be parsed automatically later on.  Emacs is great for that. When you are done, compress (zip or tar) the html file plus all the figures files into one file)

The recorded video demonstration should focus on the interactive features of the submission and the process of analyzing the data. Demonstrations should not exceed 10 minutes in length with 5 minutes the recommended length. We ask for a recorded demonstration because interactivity is an important component and is difficult to evaluate only through a paper submission.
If you anticipate having difficulties generating a digital video, please contact the contest chairs to arrange alternative submission methods. 

Suggestions: Even a short video without sound is 100% more effective than no video at all! One quick way to get a demo recorded on a PC is to use SnagIt from TechSmith (you can try their free demo first) and see a few examples here).  Please keep the file size reasonable (e.g. 5 to 10 Mg max!)  For Unix, others have recommended  and, but we have not tested them ourselves.

If you cannot generate an avi or other digital format file, create a VHS, CD or DVD and contact Georges Grinstein immediately

How to submit?
All entry materials (two-page summary, standard form and video) have to be submitted on the web. 

It is critical that the passive FTP mode not be used.  If using Internet Explorer, go to Tools|Internet Options|Advanced and uncheck the "Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)" box.  For ftp clients, set port = 21, do not use passive mode, and timeout = 30 seconds (optional).

Please upload files using FTP to 

- username: infovis2005
- password: infovis2005submission

The directory is writable and readable.

All the files, including the pdf summary should be placed in a folder (folder
name LastName_FirstName) and zipped.
Once a file has been posted, it cannot be removed/modified. If another
submission is required, you should add a "_n" string to the previously chosen
file name (where n is a whole number greater or equal to 1).

E-mail InfoVis contest Chairs


Submissions will be reviewed by external judges with content and information visualization expertise. Criteria will include: quality of the data analysis (what interesting insights you found in the data), appropriateness of the visual representation for the data and the tasks, usefulness and creativity of the interactivity, flexibility of the tool (how generic is your approach), quality of the written case study (description of the strengths AND weaknesses of the tool used), novelty (whether the approach was off-the-shelf or well-known versus a new approach.)

Partial answers can be submitted.  For example even if your tool can only deal with one of the tasks, we encourage you to submit.  Your submission can very well be the one doing the best job at that particular task and be recognized as such by the contest judges.   For example you can submit an entry only for task 1, or task 3.  Of course submissions that answer all tasks have a better chance at the overall 1st prize, but judges will have the possibility to create special prizes for shining partial entries.

Related websites

     InfoVis 2005 conference
     Infovis 2004 Contest
     Information Visualization Benchmark Repository