2021 APDU Data Viz Awards: Call for Visualizations


The Association of Public Data Users (APDU) is pleased to announce the 2021 Data Viz Awards. After a hiatus due to pandemic disruptions, we are again soliciting creative and meaningful graphic designs that use publicly-available data (for example, data from the Census Bureau or Bureau of Labor Statistics) to convey a compelling point or story.

APDU is particularly interested data visualizations relevant to issues of 2021, such as:

  • Public health and COVID-19
  • Racial equity
  • Public engagement

About the Award

APDU started the Data Viz Awards in response to our members’ growing need to communicate their data and research to a variety of audiences using graphic technologies and cutting-edge techniques. APDU hopes to engage data users and help them understand and share data for analysis and decision making.

Nominees selected by an impartial expert committee from each category (listed below) will be invited to share their visualizations  on the first day of the  2021 APDU Annual Conference: July 26, 2021, held virtually through Whova. Conference attendees will then vote on winners from each category using the Whova platform.

Winners in the “Researchers & Students” category will also receive a free APDU membership for 2021.

What We’re Looking For

APDU will select creative and compelling images in four categories:

  • State/Local government, including independent and quasi-independent agencies;
  • Federal government, including independent and quasi-independent agencies;
  • Private firms, which can include consultancies, advocacy groups, or any other private firms using public data; and
  • Researchers/Students, which can include any visuals published or formally presented by researchers or students in higher education, think tanks, research organizations, nonprofits, or similar.

Submissions must have been created after January 1, 2021.  All visualizations nominated for presentation at the Annual Conference will be eligible for the award provided that nominees register for the conference.

Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021

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