The Mozilla Metrics Team, together with Mozilla Labs and Mozilla Research just announced their first Open Data Visualization Competition.
Using data from Mozilla’s own open data program, Test Pilot, we’d like to explore creative visual answers to the question: “How do people use Firefox?” We are looking for compelling visualizations that tell detailed, meaningful and yet easy-to-interpret stories about interesting user activities. For example, visualizations that investigate general usage patterns, reveal interesting user behavior, or explore browser performance.
The available data for this competition are two anonymized datasets: A Week in the Life of a Browser and Firefox 4 Beta Interface. It’s a collection of information from over 1 million Firefox users worldwide, which makes the scope large enogh to really get an insight into user behavior.
- Nov. 17th 2010 – Launch of Data
- Dec. 17th, 2010 – Submission Deadline
- Jan. 7th, 2010 – Winners are announced
- David Smith, Revolution Analytics
- Andrew Vande Moere, Information Aesthetics (Go Andrew!)
- Kevin Fox and Jinghua Zhang, Mozilla Labs
- Hamilton Ulmer, Chris Jung and Blake Cutler, Mozilla Metrics
- Grand prize will be a $300 Amazon gift card
- Two “Best in Class” teams will receive a set of Edward Tufte’s books
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
- Visual Explanations
- Envisioning Information
- Beautiful Evidence
So, if you have some time to spend and wan’t to get involved in the improvement of the web head over to the official competition website for more information. Feel free to post links to your submitted projects in the comments as I look forward to see what you’ve come up with.