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This guest post was written by Florian Mansmann and Jinwook Seo, organizers of this year's Discovery Exhibition at Visweek, the premier forum for visualization advances for academia, government, and industry, bringing together researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in tools, techniques, technology and theory.

Have you ever experienced that visualization helped you gain insight into your data? If so, you might be just the right person to submit an entry to the Discovery Exhibition at VisWeek 2011 in Providence, RI, USA and share your impact story.

The Discovery Exhibition was created to help us understand how visualization impacts people's work or lives and leads to informed decision making. In contrast to typical academic contributions at conferences, however, the goal of an entry to the Discovery Exhibition is not to describe a visualization or vis tool per se but to share how it has impacted the people using it. Sharing these stories will help us better understand how visualization research can impact the world and provide our community with tangible experiences to communicate on the impact of our research.

Last year's remarkable entries featured impact stories from domains as diverse as climate science, airplane safety engineering, eBay website statistics, public planning, medicine and arts. To read the full stories click on the thumbnail images at the top.

A successful entry to the Discovery Exhibition will give you the following benefits:

1. Start a dialogue with the research community about YOUR impact story.
2. Your submission will be published and permanently archived on our website: www.discoveryexhibition.org.
3. Your work will be displayed as a poster throughout the conference.
4. A short oral presentation of your work at a plenary fast-forward session.
5. Exposure at the Information Aesthetics blog in the summary report of the event.

For a submission we expect a 2-4 page write-up in the VisWeek poster format and an optional video to explain the interactivity until July 15, 2011.

In the third year of the Discovery Exhibition, we anticipate more and more impact stories using not only well-known visualization software such as ManyEyes, Tableau or Excel, but also custom visualization tools built upon toolkits such as D3, Flare, Gephi, GraphViz, InfoVis toolkit, Processing, Prefuse, Protovis, VTK, etc. on either your own or public data.