In October, the leading academic data visualisation conference, IEEE VIS 2016, is heading to Baltimore, running from 23rd to the 28th. One of the many rich strands that make up this conference will be the 'Visualization in Practice (VIP)' events. This represents a new opportunity for visualization practitioners and researchers to share experiences, insights, and ideas in applying the latest visualization and visual analytics research to real world problems.

At this year's conference there will be a VIP workshop and a panel, both focusing on open source visualization and visual analytics software. Details about these events can be found here.

Dr. Daniela Oelke is one of the co-chairs of this year's Vis-in-Practice committee and has been explaining to me her desire, and that of the committee, to make this event attractive for non-academic practitioners out there doing incredible stuff to participate, share, learn and help continue to further this community-at-large.

I was keen to help disseminate the call for participation because I'm sure there are many readers out there who have got so much to contribute. Bridging whatever gaps exist between academia and practice remains a hugely important objective for all of us. So, for convenience, and lifted from the VIP site, here are the details for what's happening and how you might get involved.


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The 2016 Workshop on Visualization in Practice is a new opportunity for visualization practitioners and researchers to share experiences, insights, and ideas in applying the latest visualization and visual analytics research to real world problems. It will be taking place on October 24th in the afternoon.

The workshop is primarily targeted towards practitioners and institutions who mainly use existing visualization tools to address their real world application needs. Examples of the type of audience member who would find this workshop useful include: web and data visualization developers, UX designers, media/journalists, research scientists from other domains, NGOs and corporations using visualization for consumer communication or enterprise environments.

The focus of the 2016 version of this workshop will be on the design, development, distribution, and application of open source visualization and visual analytics software. The workshop will include an invited keynote, a number of talks on reviewed papers, and a poster session in which live demonstrations of open source tools will be given.

In addition, the workshop will also be complemented by a panel, during the afternoon of October 25th, on the topic "Transitioning Research into Re-useable Open Source or Commercial Software" that is part of the main IEEE VIS Conference program. This panel will feature distinguished participants from Kitware, IBM, Georgia Tech and Tableau who will share their valuable experiences in making research visualization tools available for real world applications.

IEEE VIS is the premier visualization event in the world, and annually gathers over a thousand researchers, practitioners, and students in the visualization sciences for a 6-day long event that encompasses all of its disciplines, including visual analytics (IEEE VAST), information visualization (IEEE InfoVis), and scientific visualization (IEEE SciVis). Registration for IEEE VIS provides not only access to the two above mentioned events but also to a myriad of other workshops, tutorials, panels and talks organized by or held in conjunction to the conference.

Please join us in Baltimore this year for front line access to the latest developments in the visualization and visual analytics fields!