Welcome to the VUE Hackathon

The Visualization for Understanding and Exploration (VUE) research project, supported by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society and the Office of Research and National Laboratories, seeks to understand the transformative character of data visualization for research and communication within humanistic disciplines. 

As part of the VUE Project, the Research Computing Center (RCC) at the University of Chicago hosts multiple hackathons to foster the understanding and exploration of data visualization for research within humanistic disciplines during the academic years between 2018 and 2020.  We want to help researchers identify and solve data visualization problems. We welcome members of the University of Chicago research community of all levels to register to participate in this hackathon.


The theme of the first year of the VUE project is data visualization of texts and spatial data including geographic information science for the second year. Each hackathon is a daylong and hands-on event proceeded by an office hour to discuss about a possible project and data for the hackathon. Participants will work in teams or individually and are encouraged to bring their own project they are working on or can join an existing team.

Research topics for existing projects supported by VUE include:

  • Comparison & visualization of the forms of scientific texts in the nineteenth century 
  • Large scale text reuse visualization
  • Understanding media bias in inequality reporting in China
  • Mapping the Chicago riot of 1919
  • Why is homicide geographically concentrated on a handful of blocks in Chicago?
  • Political Discussion and Debate in Narrative Time: The Florentine Consulte e Pratiche, 1376-1378

Some of the technical questions we will be addressing include:

  • What is the best way to present your data?
  • What visualization tools best suit the kind of data you have?

Projects that will be supported in this hackathon will be invited to submit posters to the RCC’s Mind Bytes event in May 2019 and be eligible to win prizes.

Click the button below to register to take part in the hackathon. The application deadline for proposals is February 15th, 5PM.

Application Deadline: February 15th, 5PM

Application Announcement: February 19th
Participants informed they have been selected

Optional Office Hours: February 22nd 
Held at Neubauer to assist participants with preparation

VUE Hackathon: March 2nd
Zar Room, Crerar Library

Below is the agenda for the March 2nd Hackathon.

 Time  Plan
 8 am - 8:30 am  Welcome
 8:30 am - 9:30 am  Project introductions and team formation
 9:30 am - 12 noon  Hack
 12 pm - 1 pm  Lunch
 1 pm - 6 pm  Hack
 6 pm - 7 pm  Dinner
 7 pm - 8 pm  Present on topics


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