We're pleased to announce that Round 3 of the On Think Tanks Data Visualisation Competition is now open for submissions. Submit your data visualisation and communication strategy now!

This third and final round of the 2014-15 competition is focused on finding data visualisations that have been most successfully used as part of a wider communication strategy.

In many cases, data visualisations are the tip of the iceberg -- or the communications pyramid, if you prefer that analogy. They are designed as entry points into much larger bodies of work. They are good for sharing through social media channels and can help drive traffic back to institutional or project websites.

However, where data visualisations, both static and interactive, are good at helping us to explain data and relationships, they don't often provide much in the way of analysis. A visualised budget might be down year-on-year, but what are the causes of that? Why is that necessarily important?

That's why think tanks don't just publish standalone data visualisations. They also publish reports and analysis. And at the best of times, all of these are packaged together in a relevant communication strategy.

We look forward to seeing the diversity of how data visualisations have been utilised, not just the diversity of the visualisations themselves!

Do note that visualisations accepted in rounds 1 and 2 can also apply to participate in round 3.

Deadlines for this round of the competition are as follows:

ROUND 3: BEST USE OF DATA VISUALISATION AS PART OF A COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY

  • Submissions open: 14 January 2015

  • Submissions close: 18 February 2015

  • Public voting opens: 19 February 2015

  • Public voting closes: 25 February 2015

  • Announcement of round winner: 4 March 2015

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