Congratulations to the Winner of the Graph Drawing 2011 Contest!

Last week, a few of us at Tom Sawyer Software attended the International Symposium on Graph Drawing in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The Graph Drawing Symposium is the main annual event that brings together top researchers and practitioners working in the area of graph drawing. The event is a forum where like-minded researchers gather to generate novel ideas, work together to create innovative solutions, and foster a forward-thinking community.

One of our core philosophies is to promote data visualization best practices and to provide the most compelling visualization techniques possible. At Graph Drawing, we contributed a challenge graph to the Graph Drawing Contest. For this particular topic, we challenged researchers to visually present a complex data set in the most compelling way possible by combining graph drawing algorithms and complexity reduction techniques, such as filtering and varying the graphical attributes. The graph is a composers graph with a musical theme, where the nodes represent Wikipedia articles about music composers, and the edges represent links between these articles.

A lot of great visualizations came out of this contest. Congratulations to the winner, the folks over at Meurs HRM! Check out the interactive visualization they produced for this challenge; awesome stuff.