WikiViz is a competition organized by WikiSym, and co-organized in this first edition by Wikimedia Foundation as WikiSym 2011 Premium sponsor. We will call on data/information visualization experts, computational journalists, data artists and data scientists to create the most insightful visualization of open collaboration data. The topic of this year's challenge, timeline and rules to participate will be published soon.
We will ask for original visualizations of open collaboration data. All submitted projects will be released under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license, or any other license compatible with Wikimedia Commons. To achieve this goal, you would have to use publicly available and publicly reusable data.
Besides WikiSym and Wikimedia Foundation, we will also have a number of sponsors from design, innovation and mass media. In particular, data journalism is an emerging field that is rapidly gaining attention of InfoViz practitioners and journalists alike. Our media sponsors will feature the top-notch submissions presented in the challenge, so that participants will have an unparalleled opportunity to exhibit their creations to a wide, global audience.
A jury of well-known experts in InfoViz (to be presented with the official announcement) will review all submissions to select a winner team and two finalists. Furthermore, there will also be a public voting among the top-10 submissions to grant a “public choice” award. Winners and finalists will attend WikiSym 2011, on October 3-5 at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, to present their work in a special ceremony and receive their prizes.