Student Data Visualization Contest Winners

The finalists winners of the 2013 Data Visualization Contest were announced at our recent Data & GIS Services open house. The judging panel selected the top five submissions as finalists, each of which was then converted into a poster for display in the Brandaleone Family Center for Data and GIS Services (Perkins 226). Of the five finalists, the panel also selected two grand prize winners, each of whom was awarded $250 in Amazon Gift Cards.

The grand prize winners were:

ACC Basketball Tournament Series Records, by Volodymyr Zavidovych


Limbique, by Pinar Yoldas and David Paulsen


The other three finalists were:

Mapping Chinatown, by Sabrina McCutchan


Duke Intellectual Climate Report 2012, by Amanda Peralta


spNavigate, by Benjamin Radford


Data and GIS Services would like to congratulate the finalists and winners and thank all of the student submitters for their impressive work! The full set of submissions to the contest is available on our growing Flickr gallery.

Free Tableau Licenses for Students


Tableau is a data visualization software application that allows you to easily create and share interactive charts, graphs, and maps. While the free version of this tool, Tableau Public, has offered wonderful opportunities for generating and publishing data visualizations, there are file size and format limits that make it difficult for some researchers to use the public tool.

For some time, the company has had a program to offer temporary licenses to teachers and students who use Tableau in the classroom (Tableau for Teaching). Now, the company is giving full-time students free access to Tableau Desktop for one year.

With the recent release of Tableau 8 and its many new features, this is a wonderful time to start visualizing your data!