EU DataViz 2019

The EU DataViz conference

Serving citizens through better data visualisation

This was EU DataViz 2019

Photos of the conference

About the conference

EU DataViz 2019 is an international conference organised by the Publications Office of the European Union.

It addresses for the first time the specific needs of the community engaged in data visualisation for the public sector in Europe, bringing together experts, practitioners and solution seekers.

Where

European Convention Center
Luxembourg

When

12 November 2019

News

EU DataViz 2019 – let’s democratise data!

Black holes, histograms, ethics and storytelling…what do they all have in common? They were all part of mind-blowing presentations that took place in the EU DataViz: the first conference in Europe on data visualisation for the public sector. The goal? ‘Serving citizens through better data visualisation’.

The EU DataViz 2019, took place at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg on 12 November. Organised by the Publications Office of the European Union and supported by the ISA² programme of the European Commission, the event brought together more than 500 international experts, professionals and solution-seekers and addressed for the first time in Europe the specific needs of the public sector data visualisation community. Several DGs and services of the European Commission have been actively involved with presentations, keynote speeches and moderation of thematic sessions. Proving that data visualisation is a hot topic, EU Dataviz 2019 was sold-out quickly but if you missed it, do not worry: all presentations and recordings of the main sessions are published below on the conference website.

Why is data visualisation a ‘hot’ topic?

Half of the human brain is dedicated to processing things visually. Therefore, visualising information helps people to perceive and make sense of concepts and relationships in a complex modern world today. As a result, effective visualisations can contribute to a significantly better understanding of data as well as policies. They can achieve a considerably higher impact on policy-makers and citizens and contribute to considerably higher political support. During the event, high-level international experts referred to data visualisation as “a great way to democratise data” and “a game changer”. It is especially relevant to the public sector producing and publishing for reuse huge amounts of data, as the Director-General of the Publications Office Rudolf Strohmeier said in his speech. He continued: “however, data visualisation sounds like an output, like data in a visual form, when in fact the most defining aspects are actually its process and mind-set”. In a few words, visualisation is a communication method that can help your messages be more understandable, credible, memorable, and convincing in a world flooded with information. And as data artist Kirell Benzi added in his speech “combine facts with emotion, and people will better retain the information”.

During the event, high-level international experts referred to data visualisation as “a great way to democratise data” and “a game changer”. It is especially relevant to the public sector producing and publishing for reuse huge amounts of data, as the Director-General of the Publications Office Rudolf Strohmeier said in his speech. He continued: “however, data visualisation sounds like an output, like data in a visual form, when in fact the most defining aspects are actually its process and mind-set”.

In a few words, visualisation is a communication method that can help your messages be more understandable, credible, memorable, and convincing in a world flooded with information. And as data artist Kirell Benzi added in his speech “combine facts with emotion, and people will better retain the information”.

The EU DataViz experience

In a nutshell the conference addressed exactly this need: to understand how to translate complex issues and knowledge into digestible and relevant language that resonates with EU citizens and policy makers. Additionally, it helps to explore and analyse data to develop better policies.

Participants had the chance to hear from CERN scientists how they visualise the cosmos, from the tiniest scales to the massive black holes. They had the chance to watch international experts from the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Harvard University and others sharing their best practices in topics ranging from data exploration and new ways to present reports to emerging technologies in the field. They also had the chance to watch an award-winning expert talking about ethics presenting funny examples of using visuals to misrepresent facts intentionally during political campaigns. The need for ethics was particularly highlighted since data visualisation is susceptible to misinterpretation and manipulation like any communication method.

Besides a learning experience, the event was a great networking opportunity, as Athanassios Stavrakoudis, EU DataViz participant and professor at the University of Ioannina (Greece) confirms: “What I particularly enjoyed was the networking opportunities this event offered. The event app that allowed us to book appointments with other participants was great”.

His colleague, Kyriaki Tsilika further describes what she gained from her participation in the EU DataViz: “I teach and apply data visualisation techniques in my courses in the University. However, it is not easy to benchmark and keep track of the progress of the fragmented international community when you are confined in your national boundaries, even if you are in a Member State that is a bigger player than Greece. It is at the EU level that you can keep good track of it. This is why such an event was really missing, until now. And I need to add that I particularly enjoyed the diversity of speakers in this event that included not only the public sector and the academia but also, importantly, the private sector”.

The event closed with the president and co-founder of The Lisbon Council, Paul Hofheinz, reminding all that data visualisation used in a responsible way is a powerful tool to help address social challenges of today and inviting participants to share their data with the world. The world can take advantage of it in ways we cannot imagine in advance since collective intelligence is far more powerful than intelligence of one person or a group of people.

“In the end it’s not about sharing data, it’s about sharing knowledge…. Go forth and multiply” he concluded in front of an applauding crowd.

Contributors

Valentina Alberti

Valentina Alberti

Joint Research Centre
(EU)

Ariane Aumaitre

Ariane Aumaitre

European University
Institute of Florence

Juan Arevalo Torres

Juan Arevalo Torres

Randbee consultants
(Spain)

Victoria Boeck

Victoria Boeck

Technologiestiftung Berlin
(Germany)

Matteo Bonera

Matteo Bonera

The Visual Agency
(Italy)

Louis de Charsonville

Louis de Charsonville

European Central Bank
(EU)

Annamaria Donnarumma

Annamaria Donnarumma

SIRIS Academic
(Spain)

Edwin de Jonge

Edwin de Jonge

Statistics Netherlands
(The Netherlands)

Federica Fragapane

Federica Fragapane

Information designer
(Italy)

Caroline Goulard

Caroline Goulard

Dataveyes
(France)

Marc Hansen

Marc Hansen

Government of the Grand
Duchy of Luxembourg

Rudolf Strohmeier

Rudolf Strohmeier

Publications Office
(EU)

Xaquín Veira González

Xaquín Veira González

Xaquín G.V.
(Spain)

Benjamin Wiederkehr

Benjamin Wiederkehr

Interactive Things
(Switzerland)

Programme

The full programme including speakers, stands and posters is available here

9.00 Registration and coffee
9.30

Plenary speeches

Rudolf Strohmeier

Opening speech
Rudolf Strohmeier — Publications Office of the EU

Marc Hansen

Keynote address
Marc Hansen — Minister for the Civil Service, Minister for Relations with Parliament, Minister Delegate for Digitalisation,
Minister Delegate for the Administrative Reform of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Victoria Boeck

Open data and data visualisation: building the virtuous cycle
Victoria Boeck — Technologiestiftung Berlin

Marc Wilikens

Visualisation for knowledge communication: a holistic approach
Marc Wilikens — Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Xaquín Veira González

Honest visuals: ethics in data visualisation
Xaquín Veira González — Xaquín G.V.

11.00 Coffee break and exhibition and poster session
11.45-13.00
Thematic sessions

1.
Understanding policy

2.
Discovering statistics

3.
Exploring geospatial data

4.
Serving citizens

5.
Tools for data visualisation

Communicating complex economic topics for policymakers
Annie White and Nil Tuzcu — Harvard’s Growth Lab
Building digital dashboards for fully personalised data experience
Annika Brauer — Statistics Estonia
Exploratory visualisation and interactive analysis of big geospatial data
Pierre Soille — Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Making it easier for citizens to use, adapt and build upon data visualisations: lessons learned by EDJNet
Lorenzo Ferrari — European Data Journalism Network
Applications to publish graphics in newsrooms
Rafael Höhr — Prodigioso Volcan
Visualising ethical frameworks and policy documents in digital spaces
Joanna Sleigh and Manuel Schneider — ETH Zürich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich
Visualisation of experimental statistical data from administrative registers in Poland
Dr Wiesława Gierańczyk and Dr Leszek Kozlowski — Statistics Poland
The European Data Portal and the visualisation of geoinformation and real-time data
Antje Kügeler — Conterra, Simon Jirka — 52north, and Eline Lincklaen Arriëns — Capgemini Invent
Using data visualisation to communicate statistics — Experiences from the United Kingdom
Martin Ralphs — Office for National Statistics
Interactive data visualisation using Shiny apps
Ariane Aumaitre — European University Institute in Florence
European Union elections: the case for a harmonised treatment of European election data
Arnold Platon — Data visualisation freelancer
Using visualisation to monitor and explore European market infrastructure regulation data on derivatives
Louis de Charsonville — European Central Bank
Meaningful maps
Michael Neutze, Expert at the Destatis — Federal Statistical Office of Germany
Experience Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus — A new approach in digital humanities
Matteo Bonera — The Visual Agency
Data visualisation technology to improve data access and dissemination
Roberto Barcellan — European Commission’s Directorate-General for Informatics and Yasmin Schinasi — European Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
European and international trade: summary for cabinet briefings
Lorenzo Isella — European Commission's Directorate-General for Trade
Six recipes for solving common operational challenges with data analytics
Oliver Wise — Tyler Technologies
Geovisualisation of spatial statistical data
Anna Slawinska — Statistics Poland
How do design students perceive statistics?
Laima Grizaite — Statistics Lithuania
R and SDMX visualisation
Athanasios Stavrakoudis — University of Ioannina
13.00 Lunch break and exhibition and poster session
14.00-15.15
Thematic sessions

6.
New ways to present reports

7.
Designing beautiful data visualisation

8.
Building smart cities

9.
Telling stories

10.
Emerging technologies

Open data, open code, open knowledge: visualising development data at the World Bank
Tony Fujs — World Bank
Visualisation aesthetics: a practical approach for better-looking charts
Jovan Lekovic — The Synthesis Bureau
Sharing vision through cutting-edge visualisation in Japan
Kentaro Akahoshi — Cabinet Office of Japan
Data storytelling for public administrations
Matteo Moretti — Sheldon.studio
Visualisation and machine learning: the right mix to reach trustworthy artificial intelligence?
Benoît Otjacques — Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
Beyond the PDF — Creating reports that are relevant to your audience
Adina Renner — Aalto University, Helsinki
Using data art for science communication
Kirell Benzi — ekino
CityVis: urban data visualisation
Sebastian Meier and Victoria Boeck — Technologiestiftung Berlin
Explore, visualise and tell: journalistic secrets to crafting a precise story with data
Hassel Fallas — University of Guadalajara
Data visualisation tools at the European Environment Agency
Dr Fernanda Néry and Sébastien Petit — European Environment Agency
Discover how visual analytics helps the European Investment Fund deliver insights into public funding
Steve Albrecht — The Information Lab
Visual narratives to connect: data visualisation for and with people
Federica Fragapane — Information designer
The power of flying flags: visualisations for transparent EU structural investments
John Walsh — European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
What do Brazilian voters search for in presidency candidates?
Carol Cavaleiro — O Globo newspaper
Accessibility in data visualisation
Davide Vernassa — Knowage
How an annual report became an innovative magazine with infographics and visualised data
Suzan Fiack — German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
Best practices in information design
Birger Morgenstjerne and Jeppe Morgenstjerne — Ferdio
DataViz: an inescapable tool for the development of ‘smart cities’
Milan Kabáč and Mickaël Marchese — Kereon Intelligence
To murder in Mexico: impunity guaranteed
Yosune Chamizo Alberro — Animal Político
Before and beyond data visualisation
Anoop Variyan Kandiyil — PublicBI
15.15 Coffee break and exhibition and poster session
16.00

Plenary speeches

Juan Arevalo Torres

The art of spatial data storytelling
Juan Arevalo Torres — Randbee consultants

Caroline Goulard

Making the invisible visible
Caroline Goulard — Dataveyes

CERN and DNEG

Visualising the cosmos: from the tiniest scales to the massive black holes
Barthélémy von Haller — CERN — European Organization for Nuclear Research
Jeremi Niedziela — CERN — European Organization for Nuclear Research
Oliver James — DNEG — Double Negative

Paul Hofheinz

Closing words
Paul Hofheinz — President and co-founder of The Lisbon Council

18.00 Networking drinks

Partners

Visual recordings

The Visual Thinkers of the European Commission captured the essence of the speeches in a powerful and unique way

Posters

Discover the posters of the conference

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