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15 data viz events to watch for in 2015

Time to get your next year's calendar and start crossing these dates

December 4, 2014

December is here, and that means it’s time to look ahead at some of the main events that will take place next year. Many of the conferences that happen every year already have next edition’s dates and venues confirmed, but our events calendar is being continuously updated with new events that are always coming to our attention.

Therefore, before we start recommending new conferences, workshops and seminars, it’s good to know when and where the classic events will take place. Here are fifteen of those events we think everyone should pay attention to, in 2015, knowing, of course, that we could actually make this list with 20, 30, 40…

VDA 2015 | February 8-12 | San Francisco, USA

Since the first VDA conference was held in 1994, the annual event has grown steadily into a major venue for visualization researchers and practitioners from around the world to present their work and share their experience every year.

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Tapestry 2015 | March 4 | Athens, Georgia, USA

This one-day, invitation-only conference will include keynotes, discussion, poster presentations, and a demo theater designed to provoke ideas and discussion across disciplines. Tapestry will bring these different viewpoints together with the goal of sharing perspectives and generating new ideas for data visualization and data storytelling.

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Malofiej 23 | March 15-20 | Pamplona, Spain

The Spanish city of Pamplona will welcome once again the elite of infographic design for the 23rd time. The event is organized by the Spanish Chapter of the Society for News Design.

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OpenVis Conference 2015 | April 6-7 | Boston, USA

OpenVis Conf is a two-day, single track conference about the practice of visualizing data on the web. Speakers will discuss best practices for data processing, storytelling, visual design, code structure and implementation using the latest and greatest technology and tools on the Open Web. For more info, don’t miss this interview with Irene Ros, one of the key persons from Bocoup behind the success of this event.

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IEEE Pacific Visualization 2015 | April 14-16 | Hangzhou, China

PacificVis is an IEEE sponsored international visualization symposium held in the Asia-Pacific region, with the objective to foster greater exchange between visualization researchers and practitioners, and to draw more researchers in the Asia-Pacific region to enter this rapidly growing area of research.

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International Journalism Festival 15 | April 15-19 | Perugia, Italy

The 9th edition of the International Journalism Festival, in Perugia, Italy, will continue to discuss the present and future of journalism with a stellar panel of speakers.

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ISOJ 2015 | April 4-5 | Austin, USA

The International Symposium on Online Journalism is held at the University of Texas at Austin. This unique international conference mixes academic research and industry oriented panel discussions, with scholars from universities around the world and journalists and executives representing some of the most important media and news organizations from around the globe.

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Resonate 2015 | April 16-18 | Belgrade, Serbia

Held each year in Belgrade-Serbia, the festival lasts for three days and provides an overview of current situation in the fields of music, visual arts and digital culture. Guest artists, lecturers and other participants are chosen to represent the cutting edge of the contemporary creative industry in the world.

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CHI 2015 | April 18-23 | Seoul, Korea

For over 30 years, the CHI conference (pronounced ‘kai’) has attracted the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from businesses and universities to share ground-breaking research and innovations related to how humans interact with digital technologies.

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EuroVis 2015 | May 25-29 | Cagliari, Italy

EuroVis 2015, hosted by CRS4 in Italy, is the 17th annual visualization gathering organized by the Eurographics Working Group on Data Visualization and supported by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee (IEEE VGTC). EuroVis has been a Eurographics and IEEE co-supported international visualization symposium held in Europe annually since 1999. Since 2014 EuroVis is a conference.

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SIGGRAPH 2015 | August 9-13 | San Francisco, USA

The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

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ICC 2015 | August 23-28 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The 27th International Cartographic Conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is a unique opportunity to meet colleagues, present your work,exchange ideas, display your cartographic products, and get connected with the global community of cartography and GI science

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FOSS4G 2015 | September 14-19 | Seoul, South Korea

FOSS4G is the acronym for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. It is the annual recurring global event hosted by OSGeo since it’s inception in 2006. Its predecessors were rooted in the GRASS and MapServer communities and can be traced back to the beginning of this millennium.

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NACIS 2015 | October 14-17 | Minneapolis, USA

Join with other professionals and enthusiasts from government, commercial, and not-for-profit groups along with academics, scholars, map/GIS librarians, artists, technologists, and students, for the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Tableau Conference 2015 | October 19-23 | Minneapolis, USA

The City of Las Vegas will welcome the 8th annual Tableau Conference, an edu-vacation for data devotees from near and far.

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IEEE VIS 2015 | October 23-31 | Chicago, USA

IEEE VIS 2015 is the premier forum for advances in scientific and information visualization. The event-packed week brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to explore their shared interests in tools, techniques, and technology.

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Like we said, our events calendar is updated every week, so let us know if you have a workshop, a conference or event a meet-up related to data visualization you’d like us to include here.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.