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"Great Ideas for Visualizing Data" at City Unrulyversity 

Jason, Sarah, Aidan and Rick presented a selection of giCentre work at City Unrulyversity. This initiative brings audiences from some of London's newest and most innovative technology companies together with academics from City University London to exchange new ideas in a stimulating and informal environment.

New publication: Studying commuting behaviours using collaborative visual analytics 
In this paper we develop a technique for labelling commutes made through London Cycle Hire Scheme by studying the space-time profile of individual cyclists' journeys. The work has recently been published in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.

New publication: Exploring gendered cycling behaviours within a large-scale dataset. 

Our paper exploring differences in men's and women's usage of the London Cycle Hire Scheme (LCHS) has been published in Transport Planning and Technology. We take all journeys made by LCHS members since the scheme's inception through to September 2012 and, linking these journey records to a customer database, use visual analysis techniques to identify space-time patterns of usage.

giCentre at IEEE Vis 
We attended IEEE Vis in Atlanta at which Jason was one of the Papers Chairs, and presented An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics (paper presented by Rick, Middlesex University), Creative User-Centered Visualization Design for Energy Analysts and Modelers (paper presented by Sarah), Space Transformation for Understanding Group Movement (paper presented by Natalia), Exploring Subjective Survey Classification of a Photographic Archive using Visual Analytics (poster presented by Alex) and A Visual Language to Characterise Transitions in Narrative Visualization (poster presented by Donia).

giCentre at NACIS 
Sarah and Aidan attended NACIS in Greenville (SC, USA) at which Sarah presented Visualizing Domestic Energy Consumption of the UK and Jenny Mason presented Storm Uncertainty Representation: User Responses to Novel Visualization based on her 3 month visit to the giCentre last summer.

giCentre at the Final MOVE-COST conference 

We attended the conference that concluded the EU MOVE-COST Action. Aidan presented the results of his research trip to work with bird ecologists and his entry to the Nokia Data Challenge. Mary Kelly represented joint work on Irish Migration maps and Andrea Kölzsch presented joint work on visualising migrating Goose data. Gennady & Natalia presented their new monograph Visual Analytics of Movement published by Springer, their IEEE VAST 2012 Best Paper Visual Analytics Methodology for Eye Movement Studies, A Visual Analytics Toolkit for Data-driven Modelling and Simulation of Constrained Traffic, Multi-perspective analysis of D4D fine resolution data. Gennady also participated in the panel outlining the main achievements and further research directions in mobility analytics.

Welcome Natalia and Gennady Andrienko 
We welcome Professors Natalia Andrienko and Gennady Andrienko who have just joined the giCentre as part-time academic staff. Natalia and Gennady are well-known and prolific research leaders in the Visual Analytics field. We look forward to their contribution to strengthen our teaching and research portfolio. They will retain their existing lead scientist positions at the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS, dividing their time between the two institutions.

Preprint available: Creative User-Centered Visualization Design for Energy Analysts and Modelers 
A preprint of our paper Creative User-Centered Visualization Design for Energy Analysts and Modelers is now available and will be presented at InfoVis13 in Atlanta. The paper demonstrates advantages of incorporating creativity into information visualisation design, using data related to smart meter usage as a case study with a major energy supplier.

Preprint available: An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics 
A preprint of our paper An Extensible Framework for Provenance in Human Terrain Visual Analytics with colleagues at Middlesex University is now available. The work - as part of an EPSRC/DSTL-funded project - considers how to support helping defence analysts explore the "human terrain" with techniques that help obtain, store and share findings. We will present this at the InfoVis conference in Atlanta this autumn.

Data visualisation for ecologists workshop at INTECOL 
Aidan gave a talk that formed part of the Data Visualisation Early Career Skills Workshop at the INTECOL 2013 ecological sciences conference at London's ExCel. He provided information visualisation design principles, guidelines and designs that use these principles to depict complex spatiotemporal and multivariate movement and ecology-related phenomena. Workshop participants then discussed their own data and visualisation problems in small groups, coming up with useful design ideas.

New publication: Visual Analysis of Social Networks in Space and Time using Smartphone Logs 
Our paper on how we designed and applied visual analysis techniques to the Nokia Data Challenge (for which we won third prize) is now available and will be published in Pervasive and Mobile Computing.

New video: Supporting the Visual Analysis of the Behaviour of Gulls 
This video describes a two week research trip in 2011 where Aidan worked with bird ecologists to design and implement visualisation techniques to understand bird behaviours through exploring GPS tracking data in time and space. The work was funded by MOVE-COST and the tool is still in use by the ecologists.

New Video: Studying Historical Internal Migration in Ireland using OD Maps (or How OD Maps Work) 
Our new video describes how OD maps work, using historical internal Irish Migration as an example. OD maps are designed for showing flows between places and have some advantages over some other representations. This video explains how.

giCentre at the EnvirVis workshop at EuroVis 
Aidan attended the EnvirVis workshop at Eurovis 2013 in Leipzig and presented joint work with Emiel van Loon entitled Visual Analytics for Exploring Changes in Biodiversity. Andrea Kölzsch presented joint work with us entitled Visualisation design for representing bird migration tracks in time and space

giCentre at GISRUK 

Jason Dykes' keynote at the annual GISRUK conference in Liverpool entitled: Information visualisation: what's going on? was well-received. Iain Dillingham presented Types, Granularities and Combinations of Geographic Objects in the Haiti Crisis Map and Aidan Slingsby presented work on Historical Migration in Ireland. The conference was well-organised and a lot of good work was presented this year.

Dagstuhl Seminar: Drawing Graphs and Maps with Curves 

Jo and Aidan participated in the Dagstuhl seminar on Drawing Graphs and Maps with Curves. We discussed and worked on multidisciplinary solutions to open problems involving the use of curves that were proposed by participants.

giCentre at Geoviz Hamburg 
Jason, Jo, Aidan, Alex, Iain and Roger participated in GeoViz Hamburg, a workshop characterised by short focussed presentations, demos and plenty of discussion time. We presented "Visualizing the Geographies of the Haiti Crisis Map," Classifying travel behaviour within a largescale, origin-destination dataset: developing a Visual Analytics approach, "An Exploratory Interface to Public Data for Citizens", "Investigating Spatial Patterns in User-Generated Photographic Datasets by Means of Interactive Visual Analytics" and "Green Spaces: Interactively Mapping the Results of a Public Consultation". Please contact us if you're interested in knowing any more about these pieces of work.

Roger gives a talk about cycling behaviour from the London Bike Hire scheme 
Roger gave a talk at King's College London's Urban Digital event about his work exploring the behaviour London's Bike Hire scheme users, using visual analytics. The seminar was concerned with recent uses of mapping and spatial analysis techniques in the context of urban transport, community cohesion and climate.

PhD studentships available 
City University is offering studentships for 3 year full-time PhD candidates. Successful candidates will have tuition fees paid and a tax-free bursary that will cover living costs. This university-wide competition is very competitive and only strong candidates with strong proposals will be considered.
This is a great opportunity to do a PhD with us and we will help candidates develop strong research proposals. Have a look at our research interests and list of potential PhD topics to help you develop your research proposal. We are happy to discuss your ideas with you and if you send us your proposal by 15th February we will provide you feedback by a week before the 1st March deadline.

PhD studentships available 
City University is offering studentships for 3-year full-time PhD candidates (deadline 1st March). Successful candidates will have tuition fees paid and a tax-free bursary that will cover living costs. This university-wide competition is very competitive and only strong candidates with strong proposals will be considered. This is a great opportunity to do a PhD with us and we will help candidates develop strong research proposals. Use our research interests and list of potential PhD topics to help develop your research proposal. We are happy to informally discuss ideas by email and if you email us your proposal by 15th February we will give you feedback within a week.

Roger wins Smeed Prize for the best student paper 
Congratulations to Roger who won the Smeed Prize for the best student paper at the 45th University Transport Studies Group Conference. Fourteen papers were shortlisted for the award, which takes into account the sophistication of the work, quality of the conference talk and the student's performance in answering questions. Roger was competing amongst a group of final year and completing PhD students.

Dagstuhl workshop on "Representation, Analysis and Visualization of Moving Objects" 
Jo and Aidan participated in the Dagstuhl workshop on the representation, analysis and visualization of moving objects working with researchers from animal ecology, GIS, computational geometry and visualisation backgrounds. Aidan's entry to the data challenge helps assess how well the modelled behaviour of gulls correspond to their observed behaviour.

TEDx talk on visualising cycle journeys 

Jo Wood gave a talk on visualising 16 million cycle journeys across the UK capital at the TEDx EastEnd movement without borders event, which showcases the work that we are doing with TFL on understanding how the public bike hire scheme is being used. See the video here.

giCentre present a paper, a challenge entry, a position paper and six posters at VisWeek 

Jason, Jo, Aidan, Donia, Iain, Roger and Sarah very much enjoyed attending VisWeek in Seattle, at which Jason was InfoVis papers co-chair. Between us, we presented nine contributions to the conference: a paper on sketchy graphics for infovis, award-winning work on network health, a position paper about involving users in design at the BELIV workshop, a poster on internal migration in Ireland, a poster on photo-sharing datasets, a poster on narrative construction, a poster on supporting the designer-user, a poster on cycling behaviour and a poster on household energy consumption.

"Efficient Use of Visualization" award in the VAST Challenge 

Alex, Iain, Roger, Sarah, Nabiha and Aidan's entry (see paper and video) to the VAST Challenge won an award for Efficient Use of Visualization and will be presented at the VAST Challenge Workshop in Seattle in October. The VAST Challenge is an annual contest in which a large dataset is supplied and solutions to question are sought using visual analytics. The giCentre has entered this contest four times and this is the third award that we have won.

Jo Wood's bike-share animation in New Scientist, The Guardian and the Economist 
Jo's beautiful bike-share animation has featured on the New Scientist blog, The Guardian and The Economist and other outlets. Bike usage is shown as animated trails between bike stations. By varying the trail length and prominence of the more common journey, structure emerges from the apparent chaos of journeys.

DataVis teaching at Ritsumeikan University 
Jason Dykes and Aidan Slingsby ran an intensive week-long module at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, based on Jo Wood's excellent DataVis module offered to our students. The module taught theory, design and how to implement them in Processing. Students (most of whom had no previous programming experience) were able to produce nice interactive maps of Japan census data by the end of the week. Contact us if you'd like to know more about our course offerings.

Talk at the Center for Spatial Information Science 
Aidan was invited to give a talk at the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo. He talked about the recent Nokia Data Challenge including the giCentre's entry, London's bike-share scheme and OD maps. These overlap with the centre's interests in map schematisation and visualising moving object data, in which they are doing good work.

Workshop on Challenges in Geo-spatial Visualization 
Jason, Jo and Aidan participated in a workshop at Oxford university about challenges in geographical visualisation, organised by Min Chen and Jason Dykes. The diverse participation made the workshop a useful forum for discussion and making new contacts.

Six posters accepted at VisWeek 

We've had six posters accepted for Visweek in Seattle this October, representing a broad range of our work, including OD Maps for Studying Historical Internal Migration in Ireland led by Aidan, Using Visual Analytics to Detect Problems in Datasets Collected From Photo-Sharing Services led by Alex, The Effect of Information Visualization Delivery on Narrative Construction and Development led by Donia, A Design, Analysis and Evaluation Model to Support the Visualization Designer-User led by Iain, A Visual Analytics Approach to Understanding Cycling Behaviour led by Roger and Visualising Variations in Household Energy Consumption led by Sarah.

"Sketchy" Infovis paper accepted at VisWeek 

Our paper Sketchy Rendering for Information Visualization - led by Jo Wood, with Jason, Aidan and external collaborators Petra Isenberg, Tobias Isenberg and Nadia Boukhelifa - has been accepted to Infovis at Visweek in Seattle in October. It describes how to construct information visualisation in a hand-drawn style and considers the impact this can have on those interpreting such graphics through user-studies. It then reflects on the potential uses of "sketchiness" in information visualisation.

MODAP-MOVE Summer School on Privacy Aware Social Mining 
Iain attended the second MODAP-MOVE summer school on privacy aware social mining about the state of the art in privacy-preserving social mining techniques. Read his reflections on his blog.

Research collaboration with Transport for London 

Roger and Jo went to TfL to present their early analysis of customer data from the London bike share scheme. There were some excellent suggestions from TfL’s policy team about possible analysis directions; lots of important questions about the barriers and incentives that might affect demand, about how to attract new user groups, as well as how to better understand changes in cycling behaviour as the scheme expands and matures.

Centre for GeoInformatics launch event at St Andrews 

Aidan gave a talk at about Visual Analytics for Social Science Data and Problems at the EPSRC-funded workshop that marked the launch of the Centre for GeoInformatics at the University of St Andrews. The workshop focused on exciting and applied uses of Geographic Information Science and GeoInformatics, and had a range of interesting talks on GIS for natural and social sciences, spatial analysis of movement, networks and digital humanities by Urska Demsar, Carson Farmer, Stewart Fotheringham, Paul Longley, Rob Wiebel, John Wilson and Keiji Yano.

Opportunity to join the giCentre 

City University London is funding two-year research post-doctoral positions for candidates with proven relevant research excellence. We are keen to attract research-excellent candidates to join our vibrant team and develop our research profile. Please see our information page for more details. The deadline for applications is soon!

giCentre win a prize in Nokia Data Challenge 

Aidan and Roger attended the Nokia Data Challenge workshop at which the 20% best entries were presented for the Open Challenge and the Dedicated Challenges. They presented their Open Challenge entry with Jo entitled "Visual Analysis of Social networks in Space and Time" [paper | video] which was awarded third prize. The work uses visual analytics to study social ties between participants and explores how these are embedded in time and space. The workshop was attended by 50 people, showcased interesting work and resulted in discussion about issues relating to privacy, data collection, sample sizes, practical uses of such data and how challenges such as this should be run in future.

New project: Developing methods for Data Intensive Visual Analytics 

We've just embarked on a project with Middlesex University and Loughborough University to develop methods for Data Intensive Visual Analytics (DIVA), funded by EPSRC and DSTL. The project investigates visual approaches for understanding and communicating dynamic, uncertain and frequently conflicting data that are derived from numerous sources. We will develop methods for storing, communicating and utilising metadata about the data themselves and the processes used in their analysis and interpretation, focussing on issues such as data origin, data quality and analytical process. The methods will be applicable to domains that rely upon data intensive systems.

EuroVA 2012 
Iain recently returned from EuroVA, the third international workshop on Visual Analytics, which took place prior to EuroVis in Vienna, Austria. He presented his poster "Exploring Patterns of Uncertainty in Crowdsourced Crisis Information", part of his ongoing research into data that are increasingly used in response to crisis events such as natural disasters and civil conflicts.

Visualising migration workshop 
Jo and Aidan attended a workshop about visualising migration data in Einsiedeln near Zurich, Switzerland. It was organised by the Geography Department at the University of Zurich to bring researchers together from different disciplines, produce immediate outputs and discuss further collaboration. Outputs included a global county-to-country migration map, county-county migration in the Republic of Ireland, demographic data for migrants in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan, internal migration in the Ivory coast and nomad movement and polio outbreaks in Chad.

Digital Shoreditch 
Roger attended an Innovation Day as part of the Digital Shoreditch Festival. There was lots of discussion and great example of universities working collaboratively with industry. Roger and Audrey from TfL spoke about working with customer data from the London Barclays bike share scheme.

Launch of UCL's Crime, Policing and Citizenship project 
Aidan was invited to talk about visualising geodemographic data at the Launch of UCL's Crime, Policing and Citizenship project. Sessions included contributions about "Citizens and Identities", "Intelligent Policing and Crime Prevention" and "Spatio-Temporal Data Mining and Network Complexity".

Workshop: Processing, Analysis and Visualization of Tracking Data 
Alex, Roger and Iain have recently returned from a workshop on Processing, Analysis and Visualization of Tracking Data (ProAnVis) at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. This three-day event brought together senior and junior researchers to explore how people traverse urban areas, specifically Rotterdam over three days in May, using visual analytics, data mining and GISc tools.

giCentre at GISRUK, where Sarah won Best Poster 
Jason, Sarah and Iain participated at the GIS Research UK 20th Annual Conference (GISRUK 2012) at Lancaster University.
Sarah’s poster - Geovisualization of Household Energy Consumption Characteristics - won Best Poster.
Iain's paper was entitled Characterising Locality Descriptions in Crowdsourced Crisis Information.

giCentre at the MOVE meeting 
Aidan participated in the MOVE meeting at Delft University of Technology along with researchers from across Europe with interests and different expertises in handling and analysing movement data. He presented the user-centred approach used in his Short Term Scientific Mission to Amsterdam last May. He also attended the pre-meeting workshop Urbanism on Track and presented his interactive graphics for exploring a dataset of human movements by different groups of people.

Willis Research Network: Global Flood and Windstorm Risk Models 
Aidan attended a Willis Research Network meeting on global flood and windstorm risk modelling, at which we discussed the research needs of the insurance industry. This culminated in a half-day seminar attended by over 200 participants from the insurance market. We have been a member of the Willis Research Network for four years, applying information visualisation to exploratory data analysis and risk communication.

Seminar at Oxford e-Research Centre 
Jason Dykes gave a seminar showcasing giCentre applications and approaches at Oxford University. "Exploring the (geo)Visualization Design Space" used giCentre software including  placeSurveycsrNetbikeGrid and HiDE to introduce some of our applied and theoretical contributions to visualization. Jason spent time with Min Chen and his group at the Oxford e-Research Centre discussing visualization approaches and applications.

Which green spaces are valued in Leicestershire and why? 
We helped Leicestershire County Council collect over 3000 public views on the green spaces in Leicestershire.
The results are now in. You can explore them with our interactive map. Browse people's comments by area, by type of green space or by keyword and find out why citizens value their green spaces.

Kartographischen Kolloquium 
Jason Dykes gave a Kartographischen Kolloquium at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.
The talk was on the invitation of the G(V)ISR group.
Jason presented a series of giCentre ideas and applications including: placeSurvey; csrNet; bikeGrid and HiDE.

JISC GeoSpatial Review 
Jason Dykes attended two days of the recent JISC meeting at Ravensbourne College as a member of the GeoSpatial Working Group.
JISCgeo projects and products were reviewed and priorities identified for future funding calls.
Ravensbourne is a spectacular and inspiring building - a good place to establish needs and discuss strategy.

ICA Commission Chairs in Vienna 
Gennady Andrienko and Jason Dykes represented the GeoVisualization Commission at a meeting of ICA Commission Chairs.
The event at TU Wien enabled the ICA to identify priorities and chairs to discuss inter-Commission activities.
Vienna was cold, but lovely. We hope there will be some co-Commission events shortly.

The Science of Risk: Lloyd’s Research Prize 
Aidan attended the Science of Risk conference at Lloyd's of London at which the Lloyd's Research Prize winners were announced. The Research Prize rewards existing published research with relevance to the insurance industry in five categories: natural hazards, climate change, biological and technological risks, behavioural risks and insurance operations and markets. Aidan's entry for work with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at Reading University was shortlisted for the natural hazards category.

giCentre at VisWeek 
The giCentre was well-represented at VisWeek in Rhode Island this year, with attendance and participation from Jo Wood, Jason Dykes, Aidan Slingsby, David Lloyd, Donia Badawood and Iain Dillingham. Jason was an InfoVis Poster Chair and Jo was a VAST Poster Chair. David, Jo and Aidan presented InfoVis papers that appear in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), Jo's coauthor presented a VAST paper and Iain presented a VAST poster.

giCentre Seminar at MIT 
Aidan, Jo and Jason gave a seminar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
giCentre ideas and approaches were demonstrated in a presentation visualization methods and projects at the MIT SENSEable City Lab.
It was good to see some of the high impact visualization undertaken at MIT, to discuss visualization possibilities and priorities with SENSEable City and to call in on the MIT Media Lab.

BallotMaps: Detecting name bias in alphabetically ordered ballot papers 
Jo Wood presented BallotMaps: Detecting name bias in alphabetically ordered ballot papers at InfoVis in October 2011. The joint work with Donia Badawood, Jason Dykes and Aidan Slingsby is based on Donia's MSc project and it uses HiDE to produce graphics that show how the voting bias varies geographically and by party. The paper is published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), pp. 2384-2391.

Exploring Uncertainty in Geodemographics with Interactive Graphics 
Aidan Slingsby presented Exploring Uncertainty in Geodemographics with Interactive Graphics at InfoVis in October 2011. This joint work with Jason Dykes and Jo Wood designed visual and interactive techniques for exploring uncertainty within OAC (a geodemographic classifier) and then looked at the impact of providing this to expert users of OAC in a local authority. The paper is published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), pp2545-54.

Human-Centered Approaches in Geovisualization Design: Investigating Multiple Methods Through a Long-Term Case Study 
David Lloyd presented Human-Centered Approaches in Geovisualization Design: Investigating Multiple Methods Through a Long-Term Case Study at InfoVis in October 2011. This joint work with Jason Dykes is based on David's PhD. The paper is published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 17(12), pp. 2498-2507.

Talk at CASA 
Aidan presented our OAC Explorer work as part of UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis' seminar series. The work allows the classification uncertainty in a geodemographic classifier to be explored. The talk described the rationale behind the design decisions, highlighted some of the findings and described a small study assessing the impact of this upon users.
He will also present this material at the InfoVis conference at Visweek, held in Rhode Island at the end of October.

giCentre Papers are OpenAccess  
Much of the giCentre work is now available through City's excellent Open Access Institutional Repository.
We'll continue to ensure that giCentre work is made available through the repository prior to publication.

giCentre at the VAW2011 
Jason, Jo, Aidan, Ali and Iain participated in the Visual Analytics workshop, which was held at UCL in September. Jason talked about our approach to visual analytics and how we embed cartographic design theory and experience into our designs. Jo spoke about our approach to tackling the VAST Challenges over the past three years. Jason and Aidan demonstrated placeSurvey and OAC Explorer at the lunchtime sessions.

Paper on visualising classification uncertainty accepted at InfoVis 2011 
Our paper "Exploring Uncertainty in Geodemographics with Interactive Graphics" has been accepted at InfoVis.
The work - based on OAC Explorer - uses interactive visualisation to allow users to delve into a geodemographic classifier (OAC) to study uncertainty and the original data that drives the classifier, spatially and by category. We looked at the impact of providing expert users with the means to explore uncertainty in a classifier they already knew well.
The paper will be presented at VisWeek in October and will appear in IEEE Transactions in Visualization and Computer Graphics 17(6). See our video for more information.

Seminar at NCG Maynooth 
Jason Dykes was invited to give a seminar at the National Centre for GeoComputation in Maynooth, Ireland.
Jason spent time with Urska Demsar and her colleagues Tommy Burke and Peter Foley.
Their excellent geographically weighted visualization is making good use of giCentreUtils.

HC Design paper at InfoVis 2011  
David Lloyd's paper 'Human-Centered Approaches in Geovisualization Design: Investigating Multiple Methods Through a Long-Term Case Study' has been accepted for IEEE Information Visualization 2011.
The paper draws upon work conducted over more than 3 years as part of David's EPSRC funded industrial CASE studentship with Leicestershire County Council. David received his PhD from City last year.
The work will be presented at the meeting in Rhode Island this autumn and will appear in IEEE Transactions in Visualization and Computer Graphics 17(6).

Dr. Susanne Bleisch 
Susanne was awarded a PhD in Geographic Information Science for her thesis "Evaluating the Appropriateness of Visually Combining Quantitative Data Representations with 3D Desktop Virtual Environments Using Mixed Methods".
She successfully defended the thesis in an examination by Prof. Menno-Jan Kraak of ITC, the Netherlands and Dr. Aidan Slingsby of the giCentre who accepted the thesis without corrections.
Susanne has completed her PhD as a part-time distance learner in 5 years whilst working at FNHW in Switzerland. We celebrated with a picnic from Gail’s in Spa Fields

International Cartographic Conference 
Jason and Ali attended the 25th International Cartographic Conference in Paris.
The bi-annual meeting of the ICA deals with cartography in its widest contexts with maps for children, analysis of historical maps and the latest in digital methods.
Jason chaired two sessions on geovisualization and hosted a geovisualization commission meeting. Both appear on the ICC Video on YouTube.

Persistent Problems in GeoVisualization 
Jason Dykes, Aidan Slingsby, Susanne Bleisch and Ali Ramathan participated in the ICA Commission on GeoVisualization workshop on Persistent Problems in GeoVisualization.
The workshop was in part a retrospective on the 16 years of commission activity and partly an introduction to some excellent new ideas from a series of new faces.
This lively and stimulating event was hosted by the Institute de Geographie at La Sorbonne and included a picnic lunch in the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Visualizing Moving Objects 
Jo Wood, Aidan Slingsby and Jason Dykes participated in a Lorentz Center meeting on the Analysis and Visualization of Moving Objects.
Jo gave a keynote on visualizing movement in space and time, and Aidan presented analytical visualization software developed following his recent scientific mission to the University of Amsterdam.
The meeting in Leiden was organised through the EU COST funded MOVE programme and includes computer scientists, geographers and movement ecologists as they try to make sense of data sets collected from animal borne sensors. We used the Lorentz Center bikes to collect gps tracks and discuss goose migration and the scale dependencies associated with velocity measurement from tracks of irregular temporal precision - and to see the lovely dunes south of Katwijk.

Visualizing Europe  
Jason was at Visualizing Europe in Brussels.
There was plenty of excitement about visualization going mainstream: some new ideas, some old ideas, some good ideas, some crazy ideas, some bad ideas all dicsussed through an interesting tweet stream!
What seems certain is that visualization has significant potential, real momentum and commercial backing. Interesting times lie ahead.

giCentre at EuroVis 2011 
Aidan participated in EuroVis and the EuroVA workshop in Bergen, Norway and presented HiDE as an interactive demo in the poster session [abstract]. A variety of interesting papers on various topics were presented in this year's spectacular setting, including visualisation and analysis of spatiotemporal data, documents, flows, networks, biological data and parameter spaces.

Two-week research trip to the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics 
Aidan spent two weeks at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, with a group who track birds with GPS devices to better understand their behaviour and ecology. We designed, implemented and are evaluating novel techniques for visually analysing birds' movement, using a user-centred approach that focused on the ability to answer specific research questions previously difficult to investigate. The trip was funded by the EU COST-MOVE action in which we participate.

giCentre at CHI 2011  
Jason Dykes is participating in the CHI 2011 Workshop on Analytic Provenance.
The meeting, in Vancouver, involves identifying the state of the art and establishing a research agenda for supporting documentation and description of process in the use of visual analytics
Jason is presenting a paper written Jo and Aidan in British Columbia. It describes the recent JISC funded vizTweets work and is entitled Sharing Graphics and Insights with Microblogs.

giCentre at GISRUK 2011  
Ali Ramathan and Donia Badawood presented papers at GISRUK 2011 in Portsmouth describing the results of experimental and exploratory analytical work.
Iain Dillingham and Jason Dykes presented posters showcasing our use of Processing and the HiDE application respectively.
The highlight of the meeting was an amazing conference dinner on board HMS Warrior where conference participants were served on the gun deck!

giCentre at EGU 
Aidan attended the European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, contributing two posters.
"Browsing large natural hazard event sets" [abstract] showed how interactive visualisation is helping climate scientists validate their model outputs and communicate potential impacts of to the insurance industry.
"Sharing insights on the impact of natural disasters on Twitter" [abstract | poster] reported on our experiment in which we providing access to a dataset on the impacts of natural disasters to readers of through HiDE, and asked them to tweet their findings.

New version of Hierarchical Data Explorer (HiDE, v2.1.0) 
We have released a new version of HiDE that now supports 2D plots, has an applet version that runs from within a web browser and has a number of enhancements and bug-fixes.

giCentre at GeoViz Hamburg 2011 
Jason, Jo, Aidan, Ali and Iain attended the GeoViz workshop at which work was presented that linked computational methods with interactive maps and cartographic techniques.
Jo presented our work on visualizing bicycle hire model distributions and Aidan presented our work on designing interactive graphics for validating and interpreting storm track model outputs. We also presented two posters at the poster (p)recycling session, one about the use of spatial treemaps and OD maps by Leicestershire county council and one on vizTweets in which we demonstrate how visualisations can be shared through Twitter using HiDE. Both posters were originally presented at VisWeek 2010

Explore natural disaster losses using HiDE 
We are providing HiDE along with a dataset of socio-economic losses to users of the earthquake-report website and asking them to explore the data using HiDE, tweet their findings and then to complete a questionnaire afterwards.
Details are here - please help spread the word and have a go yourself!
We will report the findings from this at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) in April.

GeoViz Hamburg 2011 
Jason Dykes is involved in organizing the GeoViz Hamburg meeting in March 2011 and the giCentre will be presenting two papers.
The meeting of the ICA Commission on Geovisualization will showcase research that links computational methods with interactive maps and cartographic techniques to analyse information involving measurements made in space and time.
We'll be using a rapid-reporting approach with more than 40 pieces of work presented at a two-day meeting with plenty of breaks for discussion. This worked well at the 2009 GeoViz meeting. A new addition this year is our poster (p)recycling event where posters old and new will be reused to widely communicate work that is being or has been presented at other fora.

guardian open data  
giCentre work with Leicestershire County Council on the Place Survey featured in a discussion regarding open data in Government Computing section of The Guardian.
In the piece Robert Radburn of LCC draws attention to the need to make data usable through effective visualization as well as accessible.
The PlaceSurvey application is one of a number of pieces of work we have done with LCC to visualize local authority data.

Two giCentre maps shortlisted for the Journal of Maps' Best Map Award 
We were pleased hear that two of our maps (Treemap Cartography for showing Spatial and Temporal Traffic Patterns and Rectangular Hierarchical Cartograms for Socio-Economic Data) made it onto a shortlist of eight maps for consideration for the Journal and Maps' Best Map Award 2010. The award went to Donald Lafreniere for their meticulously researched and comprehensive historical atlas.

giCentre helps Leicestershire County Council with public consultation exercise 
We have designed an interactive web-based mapping tool with Leicestershire County Council that allows the citizens of Leicestershire to identify green spaces in the county that they value. It is part of a public consultation exercise which aims to give local communities a greater say in planning decisions that affect their area.

Short-term scientific mission planned for May 
Aidan has been awarded a Short Term Scientific Mission grant to spend two weeks at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam. He will work with Emiel Van Loom and colleagues to help analyse their bird-tracking data, to help understand the nesting, feeding and migration behaviour of sea gulls. The grant was awarded by the COST MOVE Action - an EU-funded research network that aims facilitate collaboration between researchers across Europe, with an interest in analysing moving object data.

Short-term scientific mission planned for May 
Aidan has been awarded a Short Term Scientific Mission grant to spend two weeks at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam in May. He will work with Emiel Van Loom and colleagues to help analyse their bird-tracking data, to help understand the nesting, feeding and migration behaviour of sea gulls. The grant was awarded by the COST MOVE Action - an EU-funded research network that aims facilitate collaboration between researchers across Europe, with an interest in analysing moving object data.

phd studentships : join the giCentre visualization research team  
City University is offering up to 75 fully-funded studentships for Doctoral research to begin in October 2011 -
We're keen to invite, discuss and develop proposals with good candidates prior to the University deadline - to strengthen applications prior to submission.
Draft proposals received by the 14th January 2011 will receive feedback from the giCentre team that should help develop applications by the University deadline of the 31st January 2011.

New software: Hierarchical Data Explorer (HiDE) 
We've released HiDE - Open-Source Software that lets you build information graphics from data and tweet them.
Data can be explored by changing the mapping of data variables to visual channels - such as size, order and colour.
We include some example datasets for you to experiment with: US election data, EU energy usage and OAC (UK geodemographics).
We also provide documentation to help you to load, visualize and use your own data.

special issue : journal of location-based services  
Jason Dykes is one of the editorial team to have produced a special issue of the Journal of Location Based Services.
The journal contains articles that address research issues in GeoVA(t) - geo-spatial visual analytics with a focus on time.
These papers are based upon work on this theme presented at the ICA Commission on GeoVisualization workshop in Guimarães.

telegraph online - best of the web  
Our work on mapping Britain's Seven Social Tribes features in the Technology Telegraph's Best of the Web feature on Data Visualization.
The maps show OAC, the Output Area Classifier, for all unit postcodes in the UK.
Spatial Treemaps show the postcode hierarchy and the geography concurrently.

giCentre in EuroStat HackDay  
Aidan Slingsby represented the giCentre at the EuroStat HackDay.
Our Hierarchical Data Explorer was used to analyse European Energy Efficiency data.
The event is reported on the Open Knowledge Foundation and features on and in The Guardian Data Blog.

How satisfied are the citizens of Leicestershire? 
Our graphical interface shows how satisfied the citizens of Leicestershire are with where they live. The data are from a survey carried out by the council (in common with other councils). Usually, results are presented in highly aggregate forms, but our applet shows how this varies by place and personal characteristics and tries to strike a balance between data exploration potential and simpilicity of use. It was designed in collaboration with Leicestershire County Council, was funded by Communities and Local Government and was recently featured on the Information Aesthetics blog.

Dagstuhl seminar on moving objects 
Aidan Slingsby participated in a week-long workshop at Schloss Dagstuhl. The workshop brought together geographers, computational geometrists and applied domain experts together to discuss issues relating to handing and analysing data about moving objects. The presence of domain experts with data and questions of their data, combined with the broad range of expertise represented, was inspiring and has provided new collaboration opportunities.

Staff Research Prize 
Aidan won one of the 5 Staff Research Prizes that were awarded by the University this year. The prize was for his work with the National Centre of Atmospheric Science that resulted in a high profile award, publicity for the university and opportunities for further collaboration.

AGI Best GISRUK Paper Award 
Aidan Slingsby and Jo Wood attended the AGI's annual dinner in London to receive their award for the best paper at GISRUK 2010.
The paper - coauthored with Jason Dykes and Robert Radburn - demonstrated the use of interactive visualisation to explore multivariate socioeconomic population characteristics.
More details are available on our website. See the demographics of your own postcode here.

dagstuhl seminar on schematization  
Jason Dykes and Jo Wood participated in Dagstuhl Seminar 10461 - Schematization in Cartography, Visualization and Computational Geometry.
The seminar was organized to bring together researchers in academia and industry to develop cross disciplinary collaboration, establish research needs and identify and discuss open problems.
Jason co-organized the seminar with Matthias Müller-Hannemann of Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and Alexander Wolff of the Universität of Würzburg.

giCentre successes at visweek 
We've just returned from a successful week at IEEE VisWeek in Salt Lake City, at which we won 4 awards.
Jason presented our paper "Rethinking Map Legends with Visualization" which won an Honorable Mention. He was also a panelist in the panel that was awarded Best Panel at VisWeek. Jo led our VAST challenge entry which won an award for "good overall design and analysis". Aidan led the Discovery Exhibit "Making Hurricane Tracks Accessible" (work in collaboration with the National Centre of Climate Science and the Willis Research Network) which won the Discovery Exhibition Award. Jo presented the Discovery Exhibit "Using Spatial Tree Maps in Local Authority Decision Making and Reporting" (an entry led by Robert Radburn at Leicestershire County Council). We also presented our vizTweets poster [see poster].
Videos of some of these entries are on our Vimeo channel.

Honorable Mention for our VizLegends paper at VisWeek 
Our paper "Rethinking Map Legends with Visualization" received an Honorable Mention at the IEEE InfoVis Conference at VisWeek. The paper provides guidance for creating map legends for dynamic maps, based on cartographic and information visualisation literature and some workshops that we ran with EDINA. We built a number of prototypes to illustrate our guidelines, which are demonstrated in our video.
The paper is published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 16(6), pp890-899, 2010

giCentre Vimeo channel 
See some of our latest work on our Vimeo channel.

Geospatial Visual Analytics: Focus on Time  
Jason Dykes has edited a special issue of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science.
The contributions were presented at and developed subsequent to the Geospatial Visual Analytics: Focus on Time meeting in Guimaraes, Portugal earlier this year.
The special issue was lead by Gennady Andrienko through the International Cartographic Association Commission on GeoVisualization.

VisWeek Discovery Exhibition Award 
Our joint work with climate scientists at the National Centre for Climate Science at Reading University has won the Discovery Exhibition Award at VisWeek 2010 for our entry "Making Hurricane Track Data Accessible".
The Discovery Exhibition showcases tangible impacts of visualization. We describe how we are helping climate scientists validate their model of simulated storm tracks, generate research questions and disseminate this knowledge.
The work was undertaken with the support of the Willis Research Network.

GeoVisualization and the Digital City 
Jason Dykes has edited a special issue of Computers Environment and Urban Systems on GeoVisualization and the Digital City - issue 34(6) - November 2010.
The journal has been produced on behalf of the ICA Commission on GeoVisualization as a result of the GeoViz Hamburg meeting in 2009. It contains six papers in which various novel technologies and approaches are described, demonstrated and evaluated.
The CEUS special issue contains an editorial by Jason and is one of three special issues produced by the commission this year. It is one of the first editions of CEUS to contain multimedia supplements that showcase the science. Pre-prints of many of the papers are available on the journal website.

Award for "good overall design and analysis" 
The giCentre won a VAST Challenge award for "good overall design and analysis", for their analytical visualisation of data relating to a virus pandemic (spatio-temporal spread and mutation).
The annual VAST (Visual Analytics in Science and Technology) challenge provides a large simulated but realistic dataset (usually relating to issues of national security) and challenges participants to interpret the data using visual analytics.

VisMaster Feature on Hurricane Tracks  
Our work with the Willis Research Network on Visualizing Hurricane Tracks was featured on the VisMaster website recently.
VisMaster is a European Network of Visual Analytics researchers in which the giCentre participates.
The work will be showcased in the VisWeek Discovery Exhibition, and our online Discovery Exhibition entry summarises the work with text, images and video.

giCentre Utilities released as Open Source 
The giCentre has released a library of classes for writing data visualization programs with the software Processing. Includes classes for statistical graphics, colour management, animated transitions and geographic transformations. The utilities are fully documented with examples and are open source. See

BikeGrid reveals geographic patterns in London bike hire usage 
A new application written by the giCentre uses live data from the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme to reveal patterns in docking station use across London. It uses spatial treemaps to show the last 24 hours use of all London docking stations in a grid. To use the BikeGrid application, go to

New publication: Rectangular Hierarchical Cartograms for Socio-Economic Data 
Our new paper in the Journal of Maps describes how we've added geography to treemaps in order to represent spatial hierarchical data and how this results in a hierarchical rectangular cartogram. We demonstrate the value of these for socio-economic data for more than a million postcode units. For more information about our related work, click here.

London's new bike hire scheme 
Our graphs of the new London bike hire scheme show the availability of bikes over the last 24 hours for over 300 docking stations and allow comparision with yesterday's usage. Sort docking stations by distance from the station of your choice and explore patterns of use through time; for example, which times of day docking stations are popular destinations or where and when it is difficult to find a bike to hire.

giCentre at Accuracy 2010 
Aidan presented visual analysis techniques for comparing catastrophe (CAT) model outputs at the Ninth International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at Leicester University in July. This was joint work with Willis as part of the Willis Research Network.

Dr. Christos Gatzidis 
Christos has successfully defended his thesis "Evaluating Non-Photorealistic Rendering for 3D Urban Models in the Context of Mobile Navigation". We're pleased to say that Prof. Jonathan Briggs awarded the PhD with no corrections.
Christos' work was undertaken through a EPSRC Industrial CASE award with Alcatel Lucent Telecom Limited UK with Dr. Vesna Brujic-Okretic.
Christos is now a Lecturer in Media Techology at Bournemouth University and maintains a log of his activities through a scientific diary.

ESRC Press Release  
The ESRC has put together a press release describing the UPTAP Fellowship that it funded.
Our vizLib activities with Leicestershire County Council came out of this work.
The press release was taken up by a number of specialist media outlets including Scientific Computing, Politics and Science Daily.

vizLib : UPTAP Research Findings  
The results of our vizLib project are published in a short graphical report as part of the UPTAP Research Findings series.
In 'Developing Capacity for Exploratory Analysis in Local Government Visualization of Library Usage Data' we present a number of graphical methods and comment on library user characteristics and geography for libraries in Leicestershire.
Variable 'performance' in terms of user recency and frequency is evident along with differing local patterns of usage. The importance of the geography of library location amongst frequent recent users is evident.

New publication: Visualisation of Origins, Destinations and Flows with OD Maps 
Our paper on OD maps has just been published in the Cartographic Journal. It describes our new technique for visualising origin and destination data that avoids some of the problems of other techniques, such as occlusion. We do this nesting spatially arranged destination matrices inside origin matricies to produce an OD map. This technique is similar to that of an OD matrix but with the spatial arrangement of origins and destinations preserved. This work is based on the award-winning paper that Jo presented at GISRUK last year.

dagstuhl seminar : information visualization  
Jason Dykes attended the Dagstuhl Seminar on Information Visualization.
The meeting provided a great opportunity to discuss giCentre work with international colleagues in the context of the latest advances and ideas in Information Visualization.
Jason participated in research groups working on 'The Analytic Process' and 'Visualization Aesthetics' and led a session on 'Information Visualization Education'. He is contributing to ongoing efforts to develop the ideas generated at the meeting.

New publication: Treemap Cartography for showing Spatial and Temporal Traffic Patterns 
Aidan, Jo and Jason's paper which demonstrates a treemap-based approach to cartography for presenting spatial and temporal characteristics of traffic has just been published in the Journal of Maps. It enables multiple aspects of traffic to be viewed concurrently. We also have an interactive demo of the technique.

dr. david lloyd  
Dr. David Lloyd graduated on 18 May 2010 in a ceremony at the Guildhall.
David's comprehensive piece of work details ways in which various human-centred methods can be used in establishing communication between data experts and visual methods experts to foster co-discovery through long-term collaboration. David's work was EPSRC funded and is part of an on-going successful relationship with Leicestershire County Council.
The thesis can be downloaded from the giCentre publication pages: Lloyd (2009) Evaluating Human-Centered Approaches for Geovisualization.

vizTweets at the EGU 
Aidan presented our vizTweets project for collaborative visual data analysis at the European Geophysical Union General Assembly 2010 in Vienna. We are extending our Hierarchical Visualisation Expression (HiVE) language to support the types of graphics used in insurance natural hazard risk management. Aidan demonstrated how HiVE could be used with microblogging sites to discuss data asynchronously, using graphics.

giCentre win "Best Paper" at GISRUK 
The giCentre won best paper at GIS Research UK 18th Annual Conference (GISRUK) for the fourth year running. Aidan presented OAC Explorer [see paper], demonstrating techniques for visually analysing uncertainty and variation within the OAC geodemographic classifier through a fast and responsive visual interface that makes effective use of interaction, layout and colour. Thank you to everyone who voted!

giCentre win UKMap challenge at GISRUK 
The giCentre won the UKMap challenge at GISRUK. The challenge was to demonstrate an "innovative way in which UKMap [could] be used and displayed for the potential benefit of a specific market sector, organisation or research area". Our entry responded to this by applying some ideas from our vizLegends work with EDINA to produce a responsive map legend to support map interpretation in an interactive environment. You can try it out here.

giCentre at GISRUK 
The giCentre was well-represented at the UK's annual GIS research conference, presenting a wide cross-section of its work. Susanne and David contributed to the pre-conference useability workshop that was also attended by Jason and Lian-Chee; Naz represented work on uncertainty in home locations from volunteered geographic information [pdf]; Jo and Aidan presented work on looking at uncertainty within OAC [pdf and pdf]; Jason presented new ways thinking about map legends [pdf]; Rob showcased the vizLib work and described how it was having an impact in Leicestershire County Council [pdf]; and Aidan led the giCentre UKMap challenge entry.

David Lloyd completes his PhD  
David Lloyd recently submitted his PhD to the satisfaction of the examiners - well done David!
This comprehensive piece of work describes an intensive and long-term collaboration with Leicestershire County Council and details the ways in which various human-centred methods for establishing communication between data experts and visual methods experts can be used to foster co-discovery.
The thesis can be downloaded from the giCentre publication pages: Lloyd (2009) Evaluating Human-Centered Approaches for Geovisualization.

Visualization of Urban Happiness  
Anna Broberg of Aalto University, Helsinki is visiting the giCentre to discuss her work on the analysis of softGIS data and visualization methods to support this activity.
Anna is participating in the MSc GeoVizualization module and has presented some of her analysis of geo-referenced perceptions of Helsinki and Espoo, which we are analyzing according to the characteristics of those who register them.
The work is part of the Urban Happiness project, which has identified relationships between density of urban environment and registered response amongst some groups of respondents.

Visual Encoding and Mapping of Sounds 
Anna-Lena Kornfeld of the g2Lab at HafenCity University Hamburg is visiting the giCentre to discuss her work on visual encodings to map sounds.
Anna presented her preliminary ideas and a proposed set of style guides for audio cartography at a giCentre seminar.
We have been discussing and developing these subsequently with Anna to develop her ideas, which promise effective means of mapping noise, soundscape and sound propagation in urban environments.

Library Visualization Seminar in Loughborough 
Jason Dykes and Robert Radburn delivered a seminar showcasing their vizLib work at Loughborough University Library.
The event aimed to communicate best practice in analysing and visualizing and included presentations by Paula Forster and Sharon Pye of Leicestershire County Council on innovative marketing and analytical methods being used in Leicestershire.
Library Services managers from across the country attended the seminar which included presentation of some of the techniques and findings developed by Rob and Jason through the ESRC funded UPTAP project.

VRERI Kick-off Meeting & vizTweets Presentation 
Aidan, Jo and Jason attended the kick-off meeting for the JISC funded VRE Rapid Innovation programme at the University of London.
Jason presented a short introduction to the vizTweets a research project which is now underway.
The event was a useful showcase of VRE RI projects and formed part of JISC's dev8D developer days, which Aidan attended.

Spatial Interaction Design Seminar at Middlesex University  
Aidan Slingsby and Jason Dykes visited the Interaction Design Centre at Middlesex University.
They presented developing giCentre ideas on Spatial Interaction Design with a series of applications, prototypes and guiding principles.
Following the seminar the UK Visual Analytics scene and visualization education were discussed with Prof. William Wong and colleagues at Middlesex.

Papers accepted at GISRUK 
giCentre reseachers have had five papers accepted for the GIS Research UK 18th Annual Conference which will be held at UCL in April: two on visualising the OAC geodemographic classifier [pdf and pdf]), innovative map legends [pdf], visual analysis of library use [pdf] and uncertainty in home locations from volunteered geographical information [pdf] .

Willis Research Network quarterly meeting 
Aidan Slingsby and Jason Dykes attended the Willis Research Network's quarterly meeting in London.
Aidan presented recent giCentre work and Jason and Aidan participated in a series of meetings with other WRN members, some of the world's largest insurers/reinsurers, catastrophe modelling companies and spatial data providers.
Various key issues were discussed and research opportunities identified relating to the role of spatial data and data visualisation in the insurance industry.

City University hosts Geomob 
On 21 Jan 2010 Jonathan Raper and David Mountain played host to Geomob - the London Geo/Mobile Developers Meetup Group - at City University.
Speakers included Andrew Eland of Google UK's Mobile Team, Julianne Pearce of Blast Theory, Laurence Penney discussing SnapMap and Andy Walker of Public Earth.
The final talk was given by Mikel Maron discussing OpenStreetMap's Response to the Haiti Earthquake.

giCentre staff win a university prize for research 
Jo Wood, Jason Dykes and Aidan Slingsby's research has been recognised in the university's annual Staff Research Prize scheme. They received a "commendation" for their novel approaches to information visualisation, their engagement with data users and their research outputs over the past year which include best paper (GISRUK), honorable mention (IEEE InfoVis), visual analytics prize (VAST) and "KML in research" prize (Google).

London Datastore Launch 
Jonathan Raper chaired the launch of the London Datastore through which huge quantities of previously unavailable data about London is being made available to the public.
A number of high profile speakers contributed to the event at City Hall including Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) and Aneesh Chopra (Chief Technology Officer of the United States).

jisc vre rapid innovation funding 
The giCentre team has been awarded funding by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) under their VRE Rapid Innovation (VRERI) Grant scheme.
In the 'vizTweets' project we'll be developing the HiVE language in the context of various applications areas. We will also produce clients that can generate and interpret HiVE. Doing so will help researchers save and share visualization.
We will develop a means of communicating this information that draws upon and utilises existing microblogging infrastructures to develop a Virtual Research Environment.

visualization pioneers? 
Our work with Leicestershire County Council featured in issue 32 of 'E-Government Bulletin' under the title "Leicestershire Pioneers Data Visualisation For Service Improvement".
The piece describes our 'vizLib' and ongoing 'Timely Information Pilots' projects with LCC. As Rob Radburn says: "How do you go about looking through 450,000 records?" Well - we developed some innovative and informed approaches with LCC analysts.

welcome lian-chee koh 
Lian-Chee Koh has joined the Department of Information Science as a research candidate.
She will be working in the giCentre with Aidan Slingsby and Jason Dykes in a project that applies user-centred design to develop data visualization methods and software.
Lian-Chee is based in Singapore where she is an instructor at the Singapore Management University and will be using the Singapore property market as a case study in the planned research.

giCentre presented with the AGI Best of GISRUK Paper award 
Jo Wood and Aidan Slingsby attended the AGI annual Awards Dinner and were presented with the AGI Best of GISRUK Paper award for their paper with Jason Dykes and Robert Radburn on OD Maps. The paper was presented by Jo last April at GISRUK09 in Durham and they have just submitted a full paper based on this work that is now under review.

PhD Studentships Available at City  
City University is currently offering 35 studentships for PhD research starting in October 2010.
Wed like strong applicants to apply to work with us in the giCentre.
The competitive application process requires the production of a short research proposal including objectives, likely methods and an indication of the contribution the work will make to the academic discipline.
If you are interested please contact us and we can discuss research ideas and help develop strong and coherent proposals.

Urban Happiness at City  
Anna Broberg is visiting the giCentre from the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (YTK) at the Helsinki University of Technology (TKK).
Anna is working on the Urban Happiness project, in which the eco-social sustainability of the urban environment is being determined by collecting and analysing experiential localized knowledge of the residents of six Finnish cities. These data are being generated online by city residents using softGIS methods.
Colleagues in the giCentre are working with Anna and her data on innovative ways of visually analysing the kinds of data generated through the softGIS approach.

Digimap vizLegends project complete  
giCentre researchers recently completed the vizLegends consultancy with EDINA - the JISC national academic data centre in Edinburgh. Five 'digital wireframes' have been produced to explore a number of themes that relate to the use of visualization in re-thinking approaches to map legends.
Jason Dykes, Aidan Slingsby and Jo Wood delivered a seminar on the project and current hot topics in Information Visualization to EDINA at the finale project meeting.
The vizLegends digital wireframes are likely to be evaluated by the EDINA user community and will feed into requirements for future EDINA Digimap products.

giCentre represents UK at MOVE kick off The European funded Knowledge Discovery from Moving Objects (MOVE) project held its official kick off meeting on 27 Oct in Brussels. giCentre researcher David Mountain attended the meeting representing the UK on the project management committee. MOVE is funded through the EU COST framework which aims to increase European cooperation in scientific and technical research, so provides an opportunity to meet and collaborate with like-minded researchers overseas. The objective of MOVE is to develop improved methods for knowledge extraction from massive amounts of data representing moving objects. This is a cross-cutting theme for the giCentre, drawing on expertise in location-aware computing and geovisualization. MOVE will run until 2013.

GeoDesign summit 2010  
Jason Dykes has been invited to participate in the world's first GeoDesign Summit in California in the New Year.
The event aims to shape 'GeoDesign' - an approach to planning that combines spatial thinking, computational approaches and creativity to improve the way the built environment is designed. Academics and practitioners from a broad set of disciplinary backgrounds will discuss and demonstrate approaches that may result in synergies.
The meeting will consist of invited keynote speakers, lightning talks, and idea labs and materials will be developed at the meeting to advance the concept of GeoDesign and published subsequently online.

Mobile Search chapter published David Mountain has contributed a chapter discussing Mobile Search to the recently published Wiley book, Information Retrieval. David co-wrote the chapter with Hans Myrhaug and Ayse Goker, who also edited the book. The book's target audience is students and researchers with an interest in information retrieval, and its focus is recent developments and future directions in this field. David's chapter explores what is novel about searching for information in a mobile environment, with particular focus on the importance of location in search. Follow the link to buy this book on Amazon.

Third Annual WRN Bermuda Reinsurers Conference 
Aidan Slingsby participated in the third annual Willis Research Network Reinsurers' meeting in Bermuda (2-3 Nov) in which researchers from the Willis Research Network presented their work to some of the world's largest reinsurance companies. These were followed-up with in-depth meetings with each of the organisations, discussing research directions and how the research could be operationalised.
Aidan presented recent giCentre information visualisation research, discussed its relevance to the industry and how it could be developed further to better meet the needs of the insurance and reinsurance industry.

Computational Geometry Workshop Jo Wood attended a week-long workshop on computational geometry in Vught in the Netherlands in October. Organised by Marc van Kreveld, attendees from around the world assembled to tackle problems that combined computational geometry with GI Science and Information Visualization. The result is likely to be some important publications in this field as well as some new international research collaboration.

IEEE InfoVis Organising Committee 
Jason Dykes has been asked to join the organizing committee of the IEEE Information Visualization Conference 2010.
InfoVis is the premier meeting in the field of information visualization and the meeting, which is a key part of VisWeek, includes high quality papers, posters, tutorials, workshops, panels and exhibits. Accepted papers are published in a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.
Jason will be acting as posters co-chair with Chris Weaver of Oklahoma University for the meeting which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2010.

IEEE Pacific Visualization 2010 
Jason Dykes is acting as a member of the Programme Committee for IEEE Pacific Visualization 2010.
This involves reviewing papers, eliciting and collating reviews from colleagues in the visualization community and advising the paper chairs on recommendations based upon the received reviews.
The third PacVis meeting will be held in Taipei, Taiwan in March 2010.

InfoVis 09 Paper: Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions  
Aidan presented our paper at IEEE InfoVis and demonstrated the use of HiVE to describe, communicate and restore hierarchically configured graphics.
We received an Honorable Mention for the paper "Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions" which is accompanied by a video showing the notation in action.
We have been discussing the approach and the OD Maps that it supports with a number of delegates at the meeting.
The paper is published in Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15 (6) (Nov/Dec 2009) [pdf].

InfoVis 09 Tutorial: Exploring Design Decisions for Information Visualization 
We ran a half day tutorial at visWeek 2009 in Atlantic City.
The materials and software are available online and enable you to explore the visual design process.
About 70 delegates attended the tutorial and we've received really useful positive feedback on the event.

InfoVis 2009: Space and Time Session 
Jason Dykes chaired the session on 'Space and Time' at IEEE InfoVis 09.
The session contained novel analytical visualization of spatial and temporal data sets relating to aircraft locations, travel booking transactions, large scale migration data and medical records and an evaluation of responses to alternative representations of point patterns.
The InfoVis meeting was held in Bally's Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey and formed a key component of VisWeek 2009.

HiDE: Software for Exploring Design Decisions in Information Visualization 
We've released the HiDE visualization software as part of our VisWeek 2009 tutorial.
You can use HiDE to explore some of the design parameters associated with hierarchical visualization. It's highly interactive and responsive software that lets you explore layouts and choose colours in the context of a data set recording the results of eight US elections.
The software implements our HiVE expression language for hierarchical layouts and provides additional features for visualization design.

VisWeek 09 Workshop: Paper at ReVISE 2009 
David Lloyd, Robert Radburn and Jason Dykes presented a paper at the ReVISE 09 workshop during VisWeek in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The presentation entitled "Evaluating human-centred approaches to geovisualization application development" documented the results of the work that David is leading on geovisualization design in Leicestershire County Council.
We proposed recommendations to guide the use of human centred approaches in the geovisualization domain in terms of: context of use, requirements, designing, prototyping and prioritizing developments. Our approaches involve continually Refactoring Visualization from Experience with subject experts as 'co-developers'.

VAST 2009: Spatio-Temporal Analytics Session 
Jason Dykes chaired the Spatio-Temporal Analytics session at the VAST Symposium during VisWeek 2009.
The session contained six papers in which novel and varied visualization techniques were used to analyse traffic flows to establish viable commuter routes, locations of employees within a building evacuation, multivariate data concerning hurricane trends, medical records, radio frequency fingerprints for georeferencing and mobile phone networks.
Jason serves on the IEEE VAST programme committee.

VAST 2009: Challenge Award Presented 
Jo, Aidan, David, Naz and Jason won an award at the 2009 IEEE VAST challenge during VisWeek 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Here Jo is receiving the award from VAST Challenge Chair, Catharine Plaisant of the University of Maryland.
We won the award for good visualization of uncertainty and analysis of geographical data in the Flitter Mini Challenge, which involved graphically analysing a data set that simulated suspicious behaviour in a highly connected social network.

CLG REDA Expert Panel 
Jason Dykes has been appointed to the Regeneration and Economic Development Analysis (REDA) Expert Panel.
The panel has been convened by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) to strengthen the links between research, evidence and policy. This will be achieved through closer liaison with senior academics and researchers from a range of disciplines through the panel as CLG develops its analytical capacity.
Jason has a geovisualization remit on the panel and will advise on issues relating to graphical approaches for data exploration and communication.

David Lloyd Submits his PhD Thesis  
Congratulations to David LLoyd who recently submitted his PhD thesis.
David has been working on 'Evaluating Human-Centred Approaches for GeoVisualization' with Leicestershire County Council through an EPSRC-funded Industrial CASE studentship over the last four years.
He will be defending the work at a viva voce examination in the new year.

giCentre at the "Developments in Geodemographic Visualisation" workshop 
Aidan Slingsby will be speaking at the Developments in Geodemographic Visualisation workshop on 15th September at the Royal Statistical Society. He will present giCentre work on rectangular hierarchical cartograms for national maps of population classified by OAC category. More information about the event and details about how to register are here.

Treemap Cartography for showing Spatial and Temporal Traffic Patterns 
Aidan has put together an interactive demo that can be used to explore traffic volume and average speed of courier vehicles in central London. It accompanies a recent submission by Aidan Slingsby, Jo Wood and Jason Dykes to the Journal of Maps (under review) in which we describe the use of treemaps in cartography using eCourier traffic data in London as a case study.

Honorable Mention for giCentre at IEEE InfoVis 09 
Aidan, Jason and Jo have received an Honorable Mention for their paper at the annual IEEE Information Visualization Conference - the Worlds premier meeting in Information Visualization. This is the third year in succession that the giCentre has had work accepted and the paper is one of 5 to receive an award at this year's meeting.
The work introduces and describes the HiVE notation and will be presented in October in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We have produced a short video to demonstrate. The paper will appear in IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15 (6).

Jo Wood to give keynote talk at Geomorphometry 2009. Jo will be delivering the keynote talk on the opening day of Geomorphometry 2009 in Zurich Switzerland. The talk, entitled "Visualizing Geomorphometry: Lessons from Information Visualization" will show how recent developments in information visualization can be used to improve the way in which we use visual methods for understanding landscape. The five day international conference promises to showcase some of the latest innovative and exciting developments in geomorphometry from around the world.

vizLegends prototypes at EDINA 
A 'possibilities report' and four 'digital wireframes' were presented to EDINA in Edinburgh through the vizLegends project.
The giCentre is using its expertise in visualization to design prototype map legends that act as exploratory interfaces to maps produced using Digimap datasets.
Our four examples demonstrate and explore possibilities for dynamic and data-dense legends for maps through the following themes: 'The Map is The Legend', 'The Legend as a Bar Chart', The Legend as a Matrix Plot', 'The Legend as Hierarchy'.

vizLegends visualization prototypes at EDINA  
giCentre researchers met with the Digimap GeoServices team for the second of three meetings spanning the vizLegends project.
The project is exploring visualization interfaces to map legends and we delivered and discussed four highly interactive digital wireframes that we have developed as part of the 'imagination exercise' at the meeting. We also saw the new Digimap client and discussed its various features.
The digital wireframes will be further evaluated by EDINA and developed by the giCentre when requirements are prioritised.

giCentre team wins IEEE VAST Challenge Award 
The giCentre team has won an award for 'Good Visualization of Uncertainty and Geographical Data' at the IEEE VAST Challenge 2009. Competing against an international field including large research groups and commercial software vendors, the team developed several applications for exploring the geography of social networks.
The judges commented that the entry was one of the few able to show uncertainty and showed skills in geospatial analysis.

giCentre at INTERACT'09 
Susanne Bleisch and Jason Dykes have had a paper accepted for presentation at the INTERACT'09 workshop on "Human Aspects of Visualization".
The paper "A meta-framework of methodological approaches exemplified by 3D geovisualization research" reports upon an approach that combines methodological approaches that vary along a continuum from perceptual experiments to studies in applied settings as we try to understand use of geovisualization applications in analysis.
Susanne is a giCentre MSc graduate who studied as a distance learner.
She is developing the framework as part of her PhD at the giCentre.

Beautiful Data 
Jason Dykes and Jo Wood have described their work with the geograph data set in a contribution to a new O'Reilly book Beautiful Data: The Stories Behind Elegant Data Solutions.
The chapter, entitled The Geographic Beauty of a Photographic Archive explores various aspects of the Geograph data set and its visualization.
Beautiful Data was released on 27th July 2009.

InfoVis 09: Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions 
Aidan Slingsby, Jason Dykes and Jo Wood have a paper accepted at the IEEE Information Visualization conference to be held in October in Atlantic City.
"Configuring Hierarchical Layouts to Address Research Questions" describes HiVE, a notation for exploring data through hierarchical layouts. A video shows the notation in action.
The paper will appear in Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 15 (6) (Nov/Dec 2009) [pdf].
This is the third year running that the giCentre team has had papers accepted at this prestigious conference with typical acceptance rates at around 30%.

Cycling from London to Edinburgh. And back. 
Jo Wood is participating in the London-Edinburgh-London cycling endurance event from the 26th July. This event, held once every four years, attracts an international field of endurance cyclists. Jo will be using location-based technologies and innovative mapping techniques to report progress as he cycles over 200 miles per day over four days.

giCentre tutorial at VisWeek 2009, Atlantic City 
Jo Wood, Jason Dykes and Aidan Slingsbywill be delivering a new tutorial "Exploring Design Decisions for Effective Information Visualization" at IEEE VisWeek 2009.
The tutorial - to be run in Atlantic City, New Jersey in October - explores the use of colour, layout, symbolism and animation for good data visualisation design.
This is the third year running that the giCentre has run a tutorial for this prestigious event.

Dynamic censuses for the insurance industry On 8 Jul 2009 David Mountain spoke at the Willis Research Network Global Client's meeting about the potential for dynamic censuses to improve risk estimates associated with the movement of people. Traditional censuses and surveys tend to model this behaviour poorly: often people are associated with just one location - their place of residence - which can lead to nave models of risk. Modelling human movement through key locations with no resident population, such as railways stations and stadia, could improve the industrys risk models. David discussed how usage of wireless networks, and photographic imagery, could assist in modelling these complex movement patterns.

giCentre at the Willis Global Clients' meeting Aidan Slingsby presented giCentre research and discussed the role of data visualisation to some of the world's largest insurance and reinsurance companies at the Willis Global Clients meeting in London. The Willis Research Network is the world's largest collaboration between academia and the insurance industry and the meeting attracted over a hundred participants.

Data Visualization Day 
The giCentre Data Visualization Day MasterClass was held at City University London on 7 July 2009.
More than 40 delegates from across the country participated in the seminars and visualization workshop.
A series of methods and frameworks for using maps and graphics effectively in data analysis and communication were presented by giCentre researchers.
Alan Smith of the Office of National Statistics and Alistair Edwardes of Communities and Local Government contributed perspectives on the importance of visualization and its use in government in an enjoyable, informative and very graphical day.

data visualization day at the gicentre 
The giCentre Data Visualization day was attended by delegates from across the country who participated in a day of active learning focussing on cutting edge methods of visualization.
Presentations from Alan Smith of ONS, Alisdair Edwardes of CLG and Rob Radburn of Leicestershire County Council were complimented by giCentre presentations on design guidelines and demos of the latest techniques and activities.

Data Visualization Day 
The giCentre is holding a 1 day Data Visualization MasterClass on 7 July 2009.
The day is designed for those using maps and graphics in data presentation and analysis. Core ideas in visualization will be identified with example applications and novel approaches introduced and discussed. Pragmatic advice will be provided on how to use visualization methods in practice.
Alan Smith of the Office of National Statistics and Alistair Edwardes of Communities and Local Government will be contributing perspectives. For more details and to book see

giCentre go spy hunting with visual analytics A team from the giCentre have entered the VAST 2009 challenge. Provided with a large fictitious dataset of a social network, the challenge was to use visual analytics to detect suspicious interactions in the network in order to reveal a network of international spies. The team developed three interactive applications written in Processing to reveal the spy network. Results will be presented at VisWeek 2009, Atlantic City

giCentre wins funding to better inform citizens 
The giCentre has been successfully awarded funding by the Department of Communities and Local Government to improve the information citizens receive about their local council services through their 'Timely Information' initiative.
The project, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will develop four visualization applications that will allow residents of Leicestershire to be better informed about the quality of local services, and to influence service provision.

Future of Location Technologies Masterclass giCentre staff Prof Jonathan Raper and Dr David Mountain led the one-day Future of Location Technologies Masterclass on 16 Jun exploring the future of location technologies and mobile information. The class attracted a diverse audience from industry and academia: attendees included technical directors, project managers, scientific researchers and software developers. The main themes of the day were positioning, geocontent, location APIs and business models. The class is offered as part of the giCentre's Masterclass programme.

Satnav searches for integrated solution  
Prof. Jonathan Raper contributed to an article in The Guardian reviewing developments in location technologies.
Jonathan commented on obstacles and likely developments as work continues to produce a the 'universal travel widget'.
You can read more about Jonathan's views in The Guardian, or talk to Jonathan and colleagues at our Masterclass on 'The Future of Location Technologies'.

VisMaster Research Workshop 
Jason Dykes represented the giCentre at a meeting of the EU VisMaster working group on spatio-temporal aspects of Visual Analytics. VisMaster aims to forge a strong European Visual Analytics community to effectively utilise the immense wealth of data generated, acquired and stored by modern information systems by combining visual and computational methods. The group are producing a research agenda and developed scenarios key themes at the workshop in Warnemnde, Germany.

vizLegends Project with EDINA  
The giCentre is using expertise in visualization to develop exploratory visualization interfaces to map legends for the diverse collection of spatial data available through EDINA's Digimap service to the Higher and Further Education communities.
Novel digital wireframes are being produced to demonstrate possibilities for exploratory legends as interfaces to Carto and developing EDINA clients.
The work is being undertaken during the Summer of 2009 with a kick-off meeting in Edinburgh in May.

GIS Field Skills Week 
The GIS field trip takes place at the end of April in the English Lake District. Students are participating in data collection and analysis in projects that consider digital terrain models, geodemographics and landcover analysis through remote sensing.
The projects are developed by students in discussion with teaching staff. This year's elevation model project involved hiking up Long Crag with excellent views of Coniston Water.

LandSerf 2.3 released 
The latest version of LandSerf has been released after extensive testing.
New features include the LandScript scripting language for macro programming and map algebra processing, flow magnitude calculations, new map projections, significantly enhanced Ordnance Survey NTF and MasterMap import and USB GPS communication.

European Geophysical Union General Assembly Aidan attended the EGU conference in Vienna and presented preliminary work with Willis on visualising spatio-temporal aspects of traffic, showing how this might relate to hailstorms. Using approaches such as these might help improve insurance loss models in which exposure varies temporally as well as spatially [pdf].

giCentre wins the 'AGI Best Paper Award' at GISRUK 2009 
The paper 'OD Maps for Exploring Spatial Trajectories' by Wood, Dykes, Slingsby and Radburn was awarded the AGI Best Paper at GISRUK 2009 in Durham.
The paper presents an innovative technique for viewing geographic vectors and was well received by the audience at the conference.
This is the third year running that the giCentre at City has won the best paper prize at the national GIS research conference.

Point data in mashups: moving away from pushpins in maps 
Our entry to GISRUK's mashup challenge illustrated some different approaches to displaying point data as part of a mashup. This includes density surfaces, chi-expectation surfaces and tag maps. We used a gazetteer of British placenames classified by their prefix/suffix and their likely linguistic origin.

giCentre at GISRUK The giCentre was well-represented at GIS Research UK (GISRUK) conference with research presented by Susanne Bleisch, Delroy Brown, Jason Dykes, Naz Khalili-Shavarini, David Lloyd, David Mountain, Rob Radburn, Aidan Slingsby and Jo Wood.
The conference was hosted by Durham University and the giCentre contributions were a nice mix of projects resulting from MSc dissertations, PhD research and funded projects.

giCentre hosts MDA Analysts Day  City University hosted the Mobile Data Association's annual Industry Analyst Day. At the event, analysts presented their research and predictions on future trends and innovation within the mobile industry and revenue models in growing market segments. Presentations included Is anyone too big for the bin? from Deloitte, Take-up of corporate broadband from Quocirca, Mobile Entertainment from CCS Insight, mobile payments and banking from Informa and Mobile content and applications from Visiongain.

StratAG Spatial Visualization Jason Dykes presented the giCentre's geovisualization work at the StratAG kick-off meeting at Trinity College, Dublin.
StratAG is an Irish Research Cluster focusing on advanced geotechnologies for monitoring and early warning. Jason, Alan MacEachren (Penn State University) and Gennady Andrienko (Fraunhofer Institute) presented complimentary perspectives on geovisual analysis to kick-off the StratAG work on discovering knowledge in large complex data sets through interactive visual methods.

ARIST GI Science review published Jonathan Raper has published a 25,000 word review of geographic information science in the influential review journal Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Reprints are available from Jonathan.

Mashup of WiFi data WiFi access point provider the Cloud have contributed one month of usage data to the giCentre for analysis. David Mountain and MSc student Radoslaw Panczak developed an interactive mashup tool for the visual analysis of the spatial and temporal characteristics of this data.

Communities and Local Government Seminar Jason Dykes was invited to the Department for Communities and Local Government to present his work on using visualization to inform evidence-based policy. His talk, entitled (Geo)Graphic Information in a data-rich world: Using visualization to inform decision-making and strengthen democracy showed how we are using human-centred and rapid data prototyping techniques to develop tools that help analysts and decision makers explore structure in diverse data sets. The presentation involved a demonstration of prototype software being developed in association with Leicestershire County Council through the vizLib project.

WRN Celebrates Google Research Prize 
The giCentre featured in Insurance Day following our success in the Google KML in Research Competition.
We used KML in novel ways to represent variation in long term forecasts for South America in Google Earth.
The work was undertaken as part of our contribution to the Willis Research Network with David Stephenson and Rachel Lowe at Exeter University, Erik Andersson at ECMWF and the EUROBRISA project.

giCentre at VisMaster Workshop Aidan Slingsby, Robert Radburn and Jason Dykes participated in the EU VisMaster meeting on Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Visual Analytics at HafenCity University, Hamburg. VisMaster is a European Coordination Action Project focused Visual Analytics - the science associated with developing and using computational and visual techniques to effectively analyse the immense wealth of information and data acquired, computed and stored by modern information systems.

GeoViz Hamburg The giCentre participated in a Geovisualization research workshop in Hamburg. Aidan presented work on using hierarchical layouts to explore spatio-temporal data sets and this was well received. Jason coordinated the meeting on behalf of the ICA Commission on GeoVisualization, which involved 38 research presentations and 82 participants from 16 countries.

giCentre wins Google's KML in Research Competition Our winning entry in Google's competition visualizes seasonal climate forecasts in Google Earth. The work was undertaken with David Stephenson and Rachel Lowe at Exeter University and facilitated through our participation in the Willis Research Network. Thanks are also due to Erik Andersson at ECMWF and the EUROBRISA project.

HousePrices Visualization This demo uses treemaps to explore spatial and temporal variation in house prices in London. It formed a part of our contribution to the GeoViz Digital City Workshop in Hamburg, 3-5 March 2009 (abstract). The application demonstrates how 2D ordering and layout in treemaps can be exploited to explore spatial and temporal patterns in data. London property sales over the past eight years are used as a case study.

GISRUK 2009 - Lloyd et al. David Lloyd has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009
Lloyd, D., Dykes, J. and Radburn, R. 2009.
Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process to prioritise candidate improvements to a geovisualization application Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

GISRUK 2009 - Bleisch et al. Susanne Bleisch has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009.
Bleisch, S., Dykes, J. and Nebiker, S. 2009.
Building bridges between methodological approaches: a meta-framework linking experiments and applied studies in 3D geovisualization research Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

GISRUK 2009 - Khalili et al. Naz Khalili has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009
Khalili,N., Wood, J. and Dykes, J. 2009.
Mapping the Geography of Social Networks Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

GISRUK 2009 - Radburn et al. Robert Radburn has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009
Radburn, R., Dykes, J. and Wood, J. 2009.
vizLib: Developing Capacity for Exploratory Data Analysis in Local Government - Visualization of Library Customer Behaviour Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

GISRUK 2009 - Slingsby et al. Aidan Slingsby has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009
Slingsby, A., Lowe, R., Dykes, J., Stephenson, D., Wood, J, Jupp, T. 2009.
A Pilot Study for the Collaborative Development of New Ways of Visualising Seasonal Climate Forecasts. Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

GISRUK 2009 - Wood et al. Jo Wood has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009
Wood, J., Dykes, J., Slingsby, A., Radburn, R. 2009.
Flow Trees for Exploring Spatial Trajectories Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

GISRUK 2009 - Brown et al.  Former GIS MSc student Delroy Brown has had a research abstract accepted for GISRUK 2009
Brown, D., Mountain, D. & Wood, J. 2009.
Automated and Subjective Terrain Feature Extraction: A Comparative Analysis. Proceedings of GISRUK, 1-3 April, Durham, UK

The paper summarised Delroy's MSc thesis, comparing the prominent terrain features (peaks, valleys, ridges, etc) pointed out by hikers in the Lake District, with those identified by feature extraction algorithms. Main conclusion: scale matters!

Human Centred GeoVisualization  David Lloyd is writing his PhD and currently focussing on a chapter concerned with establishing requirements for a geovisualzation application. Prospective users have little experience of the complex, multiple view that geovis can provide. The research is funded by the EPSRC and Leicestershire County Council and uses different methods of etablishing requirements such as templates; using a scenario of user's context of use with geovis experts; and providing a geovis tutorial to prospective users.

RAEViewer: Explore the Research Assessment Exercise Results and Funding 
Use RAEViewer to explore the RAE Results and Funding through an interactive graphical representation of the 67 Units of Assessment. Institutions can be ordered according to the selectable criteria. City has improved its research ratings across the University following the publication of the 2008 RAE results, with over 80% of submitted activity rated as recognised internationally or better. Our visualization application helps identify trends in research quality and funding.

IEEE VAST Symposium Jason Dykes has been invited on to the programme committee of the IEEE VAST Symposium for the 2009 meeting. The Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology provides an international forum for the presentation and discussion of visual analytics research and applications.

bookScraper: Vocabulary Cluster Graph Our interactive 'clustering' graph has been designed to help compare documents in the bookScraper collection based on the similarity of their vocabularies. The more similar two publications are, the closer they appear to one another in the graph. Groups of books with similar vocabularies cluster.

bookScraper: Vocabulary TreeMap Our interactive treemap allows us to explore the 100 most important words in each of the bookScraper publications. Treemaps are used to show hierarchical information through nested rectangles. The size of each rectangle represents some quantity - numbers of times that words occur in the collection here. Rectangle positions show the relationships between different levels of the hierarchy and their colours relates to numeric values. In this interactive application the hierarchy shows words, within (occurring in) books, within (written by) authors.

bookScraper We have developed two prototype applications with colleagues from The Times to show how interactive visualization of the bookScraper collection may help us identify trends and anomalies in the data set. Doing so may give us ideas about the collection as we aim to explore the data and gain insights from it..

LandSerf 2.2 released LandSerf is a freely available Geographic Information System (GIS) for the visualisation and analysis of surfaces. Applications include visualisation of landscapes; geomorphological analysis; gaming; GIS file conversion; map output; archaeological mapping and analysis; surface modelling and many others. LandSerf runs on any platform that supports Java (Windows, MacOSX, Unix, Linux etc.)