The project

The energy visualization project is an open data initiative that is focused on developing advanced, interactive data visualizations that will help make Canada's energy data publicly accessible, transparent and understandable. This is a team project in collaboration with the National Energy Board of Canada (the NEB).

Our Visualizations

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energy futures visualization preview

Energy Futures

Based on data from the NEB's Energy Futures reports, these visualizations allow you to explore energy production and consumption trends and forecast them into the future.

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Making an impact on the world

The NEB visualizations have already won a federal award, when the NEB was awarded the 2016 Regulatory Excellence Award for Contribution to Innovation in the Regulatory Field. The visualizations we create will be released to the public, and we will interview stakeholders to make sure their needs are addressed. The visualizations provide us with a way to study the impact of visualizations on making open data accessible, and provide us with many challenges that require cutting-edge research and have significant potential for high-quality research output.

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Data Empowerment Speaker Series

We regularly host a wonderful range of speakers from all over the world and they are here to spread their passion for data. Our lectures include an overview of speakers' research regarding data and data visualizations.

Our previous speakers' topics have included: visual narratives, digital technologies and environmental change, accessible web visualizations, augmented visual perception, browsing sound collections, infographics beyond pictures, and thinking with sketches

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A world-class environment

The visualization research & design team is led by Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale in the Innovations in Visualization lab and Dr. Wesley Willett in the Data Experience lab at the University of Calgary. This project is in collaboration with the National Energy Board and Annette Hester. Software development is provided by VizworX.

Our research & design team is a part of the larger Interactions Lab at the University of Calgary, a world-class HCI and Information Visualization lab with creative and motivated researchers, including more than 40 students and 7 professors.

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Join us!

We are looking for talented postdoctoral researchers in Information Visualization, Design and/or Interaction Design. These positions provide funding for two years at the University of Calgary, one of Canada's top research universities. Calgary is Canada's fastest-growing city at the foothills of the beautiful Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The successful candidate will be deeply involved in the research in the lab, working closely with domain experts and stakeholders, creating new design ideas, developing new visual representations, fine tuning designs, and creating prototypes and communicating these designs to relevant team members. They will also be involved in mentoring students who are working on the project. The successful candidate's work will include participating in various outreach activities — including designing and running workshops and providing formal and informal demonstrations to appropriate stakeholders. The successful candidate's work will focus explicitly on designing novel interactive visualizations and interaction techniques and will include opportunities to publish at visualization venues.

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