August 26-30 2014 Winchester, Hampshire, UK

Visual Storytelling


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The Graphical Web is an annual, global conference to showcase the many new open source technologies that have become available for presenting visual information on the web. The conference showcases best practice, new opportunities and future directions in the fast-changing world of web graphics and will be of direct appeal to a wide range of professionals throughout the technology, data visualization and graphics industries.

The Graphical Web 2014 is being organised by the Data Visualisation Centre, UK Office for National Statistics and will be held at the University of Winchester, England over 4 days from Wednesday August 27th through to Saturday August 30th. The theme of the conference will be Visual Storytelling - using new technology to produce compelling visual narratives on the web. The event will be of interest to a broad range of attendees, from graphics professionals right through to data journalists keen to understand the potential of new technology to enrich storytelling on the web. The first 3 days will be conference sessions, with keynote talks from industry experts, with the final day reserved for training sessions and workshops on the latest graphics technologies and techniques. Sessions will be available for complete beginners through to experienced professionals.

St. Alphege-Stripe Plaza, University of Winchester

Winchester, Hampshire is an historic city of England, its ancient capital and home of the fabled 'Round Table' at the 12th Century castle. Graphical Web 2014 will undoubtedly be a unique fusion of the ancient and new.


Conference Registration

The conference registration is now closed. If you have pre-registered before you may login with your existing GraphicalWeb2014 account (e.g. for presenters who want to submit their presentation files).

Important Dates

Pricing, Conference Fees

The early bird deadline will be Friday, July 11.

Cat A: conference and workshops, incl. accommodation on campus for 4 nights (Tuesday to Friday, Checkout Saturday morning) £ 575.- (early bird)
£ 625.- (after early bird)
Cat B: conference and workshops, incl. accommodation on campus for 3 nights (Wednesday to Friday, Checkout Saturday morning) £ 525.- (early bird)
£ 575.- (after early bird)
Cat C: conference and workshops, no accommodation £ 340.- (early bird)
£ 390.- (after early bird)
Cat D: conference without workshops, incl. accommodation on campus for 3 nights (Tuesday to Thursday, Checkout Friday morning) £ 380.- (early bird)
£ 430.- (after early bird)
Cat E: conference without workshops, incl. accommodation on campus for 2 nights (Wednesday to Thursday, Checkout Friday morning) £ 335.- (early bird)
£ 385.- (after early bird)
Cat F: conference without workshops, no accommodation £ 205.- (early bird)
£ 255.- (after early bird)
Conference Dinner in Portsmouth on HMS Warrior on Thursday, Aug 28; incl. bus transfer and harbour tour. This is an optional extra, not included in regular conference registration. £ 65.-


Accepted conference speakers and students will get a discount of £ 100.- on each category.

Accepted conference speakers will also get a free conference dinner ticket for Thursday, Aug 28.

Sponsors will get the indicated numbers of free conference tickets included in their selected package. Cat C and F only, excl. accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds can be made up to one month before the conference. A 50% refund can be made 10-30 days prior to the conference. In both cases there will be a cancellation fee of £ 10.-. There will be no refunds given for cancellations made within 10 days before the conference or cancellations made after the conference.

Joining Instructions

Conference location

The conference will take place in the Stripe Building (no. 17 on the campus map) with workshops taking place in St Alphege Building (no. 16 on the campus map). Conference registration will take place in the Stripe Building from 09.00hrs on Wednesday 27th August.


For those who booked conference with accommodation (cat. A, B, D, E) we can inform you that your accommodation will be in the Burma Road Student Village, which is ensuite accommodation located on our main campus (please see campus map – Burma Road Student Village is no. 29 on the map). Please be aware that each of our Burma Road flats contain 8 ensuite bedrooms, and a shared kitchen. Tea/ coffee making facilities will be provided, however kitchen utensils will not so you may wish to consider bringing your own. Bed linen and towels are provided; bed linen is changed once a week, and towels are changed every 3 days. Please note there is lift access to all bedrooms.

Check-in/ Check-out

Check-in is from 14.00hrs on day of arrival and check out is by 10.00hrs on day of departure. Check-in will be from Main Reception which is located in the University Centre (building no. 11 on the campus map). If Main Reception is closed when you arrive, a phone will be provided for you to call our Site Stewards who are onsite 24hrs a day - they will come and meet you to give you your key as soon as possible. When checking out, keys can either be returned to Main Reception/ Site Stewards, or if reception is closed, placed in a drop-box in the entrance to main reception. Any lost or unreturned keys will be charged at £10.00 per key.


A buffet breakfast will be available in the Food Hall each morning from 07.00 – 08.30hrs, which is located within the University Centre (no. 11 on the campus map).

Additional facilities


Parking is limited at the University, and we would therefore recommend using public transport or the Park & Ride services where possible, as parking is not guaranteed. Parking will be available on a first come first served basis in the Dytch (Main) Car Park (B), Medecroft Car Park (C), St James Car Park (D) or West Downs Car Park (F) - please see campus map.

For residential delegates, please note there are 2 x unloading bays outside Burma Road block A, and 2 x unloading bays outside Burma Road Block E. Please note there is a maximum stay of 10 minutes in these bays, then you will need to move your vehicle to one of the main car parks as listed above. Please note that these car parks may be some distance away from your accommodation. Please ensure you display a parking permit in your vehicle, otherwise you may be ticketed.


Please note that workshops are being run on a BYOD (bring your own device) basis, participants will be expected to bring with them their own laptop capable of dealing with workshop content. Wifi will be available and instructors will make course content/materials available for download as appropriate. But it is the delegate’s sole responsibility to make sure they have a suitable device for participating in the workshops.


Wifi is available to our guests; to access the Eduroam network you will require a username and password. Wifi logins will be available upon check-in or at registration.

Useful contact numbers

Medical assistance

If you require medical attention during your stay, please call our Site Stewards (all of whom are first aid trained) and they will be able to help you.


Conference Schedule

You can download a printed version of the schedule (PDF) or use the listing below.

Quick jump to:

Day 1: August 27 Day 2: August 28 Day 3: August 29 Day 4: August 30

Day 1: August 27

TimeTrack 1, Stripe auditorium Track 2, Stripe theatre Track 3, Stripe studio 1
09:00 Registration
10:00 Welcome and conference opening
10:20 Keynote
Session Chair: Alan Smith
10:20 Ambient maps, how personalisation is redrawing cartography (60 min)
Ed Parsons (Google)
11:20 Technical and Standards
Session Chair: Alex Danilo
Visual Storytelling
Session Chair: Tavmjong Bah
Case Studies
Session Chair: Ruud Steltenpool
11:20 Open Standards and Disruptive Innovation (40 min)
Jet Villegas (Mozilla)
Data visualisation at the nexus of science and the public (40 min)
Nikola Sander (Wittgenstein Centre, Vienna Institute of Demography)
Guy Abel (Wittgenstein Centre, Vienna Institute of Demography)
Ramon Bauer (Vienna Institute of Demography (Wittgenstein Centre))
Johannes Schmidt (Null2 )
Tuning SVG performance in a Production Application (40 min)
Rohit Kalkur (Social Tables)
12:00 Building Internet Explorer for great web graphics (40 min)
Frank Olivier (Microsoft)
Use and Abuse of Animation in Data Visualizations (40 min)
Jeremy Stucki (Interactive Things)
Visualising health research (40 min)
Will Stahl-Timmins (British Medical Journal)
12:40 Lunch Break
13:40 Keynote
Session Chair: Ruud Steltenpool
13:40 Geometric Madness (60 min)
Jason Davies
14:40 Visual Storytelling
Session Chair: Ruud Steltenpool
Technical and Standards
Session Chair: Nikos Andronikos
Case Studies
Session Chair: Track canceled
14:40 Data Storytelling Beyond the Hype (40 min)
Robert Kosara (Tableau Software)
Animations on Fire (40 min)
Brian Birtles (Mozilla Japan)
Remarks on Visualizing BNF Grammars using Interactive SVG (40 min)
Jürgen Höhe (CreativeCologne UG)
15:20 Coffee Break
16:00 Visual Storytelling
Session Chair: Juliana Neumann
Technical and Standards
Session Chair: tbd
Case Studies
Session Chair: David Dailey
16:00 Storytelling in data visualisation (40 min)
Tobias Sturt (Graphic Digital Agency)
Adam Frost (Guardian Digital Agency)
Emma Whitehead (Graphic Digital Agency)
Augmenting Animations and Interactivity in SVG (40 min)
Devina Coutinho (Adobe Systems)
Priyanka Herur (Adobe Systems)
Prashant Singh (Adobe Systems)
Rapid prototyping of web site generation (40 min)
Deborah Whitfield (Slippery Rock University)
Tyler Bassett (Slippery Rock)
Nicholas Botzer
David Dailey (Slippery Rock University)
Grant Denmead (Development Dimensions International)
Zachary Petrusch
16:40 How we do data visualization at Twitter (40 min)
Nicolas Garcia Belmonte
The future of gradients in SVG? (40 min)
Nikos Andronikos (CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia))
What do Man of Steel, Starbucks and your Local Council have in common? (40 min)
Dhruva Rajan (ESRI UK Ltd)
17:20 A new way to stories with maps (40 min)
Sergio Álvarez Leiva (CartoDB)
Animating 2D Digital Puppets using motion capture and Vectorial Graphics (40 min)
Alberto Pacheco (IT Chihuahua)
Rene Cruz (Centro Universitario UAEM Valle de Chalco)
SVG: Storytelling & Visualisation in Government (40 min)
Robert Fry
18:00 Icebreaker - The Terrace Bar (2h)

Day 2: August 28

TimeTrack 1, Stripe auditorium Track 2, Stripe theatre Track 3, Stripe studio 1
09:00 Technical and Standards
Session Chair: Nikos Andronikos
Visual Storytelling
Session Chair: tbd
Case Studies
Session Chair: Barend Köbben
09:00 Dynamic Text Effects in HTML5 (40 min)
Catherine Arizan (Animatron)
Dmitry Skavish (Animatron)
Pimp that choropleth map (40 min)
Michael Neutze (Federal Statistical Office Germany)
Swisstrains (40 min)
Vasile Cotovanu
09:40 Colourful, graphical fonts in OpenType (40 min)
Cameron McCormack (Mozilla)
Learning to program graphics - a key to unlocking innovation: (40 min)
Alan Smith (Office for National Statistics)
Which?'s Financial Squeeze Map (40 min)
Guy Weir (Which?)
10:20 Coffee Break
11:00 Keynote
Session Chair: tbd
11:00 The Keys to a Successful Data Design Process (60 min)
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
12:00 Technical and Standards
Session Chair: Alex Danilo
Case Studies
Session Chair: tbd
Visual Storytelling
Session Chair: Andreas Neumann
12:00 GPU Acceleration for the Web – State of the Union (40 min)
Neil Trevett (NVIDIA)
Web Layout Parisien (40 min)
David Dailey (Slippery Rock University)
Dan Miller
A Carto Dashboard for Distributed Statistical Data (40 min)
Barend Köbben (ITC-University of Twente)
12:40 Lunch Break
14:00 Keynote
Session Chair: David Dailey
14:00 Building Earth: an animated map of global wind and weather (60 min)
Cameron Beccario
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Panel Session - Visual Storytelling
Session Chair: Alan Smith
15:30 Visual Storytelling Panel (60 min)
Sergio Álvarez Leiva (CartoDB)
Bella Hurrell (BBC News)
Robert Kosara (Tableau Software)
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
Jeremy Stucki (Interactive Things)
Tobias Sturt (Graphic Digital Agency)
17:15 Conference Dinner at Portsmouth Harbour; Catamaran tour in harbour, dinner on HMS Warrior

Day 3: August 29

TimeTrack 1, Stripe auditorium Track 2, Stripe theatre Track 3, Stripe studio 1
09:00 Technical and Standards
Session Chair: Bob Hopgood
Technical and Standards
Session Chair: Andreas Neumann
Case studies
Session Chair: tbd
09:00 Getting started with WebGL and three.js (40 min)
Jaume Sanchez Elias
SVG 2 For the Artist and Developer (40 min)
Tavmjong Bah (Inkscape)
09:40 X3DOC (40 min)
Alan Forest
Invisible Visualization (40 min)
Doug Schepers (W3C)
10:20 Coffee Break
11:00 Keynote
Session Chair: tbd
11:00 Visual Storytelling at the BBC (45 min)
Amanda Farnsworth (BBC News)
12:00 Panel Session - W3C Standards and Implementors Panel
Session Chair: David Dailey (Slippery Rock University)
12:00 W3C Standards and Implementors Panel (60 min)
Nikos Andronikos (CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia))
Tavmjong Bah (Inkscape)
Erik Dahlström (Opera Software ASA)
Alex Danilo (Google)
Cameron McCormack (Mozilla)
Frank Olivier (Microsoft)
Doug Schepers (W3C)
Dirk Schulze (Adobe Systems)
Neil Trevett (NVIDIA)
13:00 Conference closing
13:30 Lunch Break
14:30 Workshop
Introduction to d3.js
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
Introduction to R (Open Source Statistics Software)
Ransome Mpini (BBC News)
John Walton (BBC Visual Journalism team)
Generative and reactive geometry with JavaScript and WebGL
Jaume Sanchez Elias

Day 4: August 30

TimeTrack 4, SAB002 Track 5, SAB003 Track 6, SAB004
09:00 Workshop
Scott Murray (University of San Francisco)
Visualising Data on Maps with D3.js and Leaflet
Indira Knight (develop_for)
Introduction to QGIS (Open Source GIS Software)
John Walton (BBC Visual Journalism team)
Ransome Mpini (BBC News)
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Workshop
Topic Modeling Networks
Lynn Cherny (Ghostweather R&D, LLC)
Creative data visualisation with HTML5
Peter Cook (Animated Data)

Quick jump to:

Day 1: August 27 Day 2: August 28 Day 3: August 29 Day 4: August 30

Listing of all Presentations and Courses

Quick jump to: keynotes | regular presentations | workshops


Quick jump to: keynotes | regular presentations | workshops

Regular Presentations

Quick jump to: keynotes | regular presentations | workshops


Quick jump to: keynotes | regular presentations | workshops

Dinner Event

On Thursday evening there will first be a boat ride in Portsmouth harbour followed by a conference dinner in Portsmouth harbour on the HMS warrior. This dinner event is optional (extra registraion with extra charge) for regular attendees. Presenters, workshop instructors and sponsors are invited as a "thank you" for their contributions. Transportation from Winchester to Portsmouth with buses will be organized.

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Please note that smoking is not allowed on board of the HMS warrior. Stilettos or other narrow heeled shoes are not allowed for your own safety and due to the damage they cause to the deck. See regulations in the HMS guest letter.


For questions and additional information or feedback on the conference, please contact us at info (at) graphicalweb (dot) org.


We are pleased to list the following hosts, sponsors and supporters. Thank you for supporting our conference!

Platinum Sponsors

Google Logo

"The perfect search engine," says Google co-founder Larry Page, "would understand exactly what you mean and give back exactly what you want." Given the state of search technology today, that's a far-reaching vision requiring research, development, and innovation to realize. Google is committed to blazing that trail.

Gold Sponsors

Adobe Logo

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. They help their customers develop and deliver high-impact experiences that differentiate brands, build loyalty, and drive revenue across every screen, including smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs. Given that many customers expect web content to be highly animated and interactive, Adobe has increased its commitment to bring innovation to HTML5 graphics.

Silver Sponsors

Mozilla Logo

Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than a decade. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. With Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is driving a new mobile ecosystem that is built entirely on open Web standards, freeing mobile providers, developers and end users from the limitations and restrictions imposed by proprietary platforms.

Nvidia Logo

NVIDIA is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, a high-performance processor which generates breathtaking, interactive graphics on workstations, personal computers, game consoles, mobile devices – and the Web. NVIDIA is committed to assist in the development, evolution and deployment of open standards that enable Web developers and applications to access the full power of the GPU.

Slippery Rock University Logo

Slippery Rock University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with "hands-on" learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

Slippery Rock University has a long-standing commitment to innovative uses of technology throughout the curriculum. Members of the computer science and geology and geography departments have been using SVG and other web graphic technologies as a part of their instruction and research since 2003. SRU offers one of the most affordable and technologically up-to-date educational programs with undergraduate programs in information technology, computer science, information systems, emerging technologies, digital media and GIS, and has consistently been chosen as one of its region's 'most wired campuses'.

Tableau Software Logo

Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Used by more than 19,000 companies and organizations worldwide, Tableau's award-winning software delivers fast analytics and rapid-fire business intelligence. Create visualizations and dashboards in minutes, then share in seconds. The result? You get answers from data quickly, with no programming required.

Social Event Sponsor


Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them. Our solutions help businesses, governments and educational institutions make complex information easy to understand. This enables organisations to make informed and mission-critical decisions and to communicate effectively with customers and stakeholders. To see examples of how Esri story maps are used to tell visual stories, visit Esri UK is the UK arm of Esri Inc.

Conference Hosts

ONS Logo

ONS is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. Data visualisation plays an important part in ONS’ efforts to communicate statistics to a wide audience, ranging from politicians, analysts, researchers and academics through to journalists and citizen users. ONS created its Data Visualisation Centre in 2007 with a remit to explore interaction and animation in statistical web graphics. You can explore recent work of the Centre on ONS' interactive content page.

University of Winchester Logo

A short drive from ONS’ Hampshire office, the university can trace its beginnings in the cathedral city of Winchester back to 1840, a relative newcomer in the ancient capital of Wessex and England. The university’s Old English motto, Wisdom-ond-lar [Wisdom and Knowledge], reflects the city's ancient heritage, being a quote from King Alfred’s 9th century translation of latin scripts. To contrast with all this antiquity, the conference will be hosted in the Stripe Building, a modern conference facility on the King Alfred campus.


W3C Logo

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) is a long-time Graphical Web and SVG Open conference supporter. W3C working group members will present and meet at our conference. It is also a chance for you to meet with W3C staff, working group members and browser developers. As the active creator and maintainer of the SVG, CSS and related web standards, W3C has an interest in the success of the SVG web graphics standard and related activities. Since the first SVG Open conference in Zurich in 2002, W3C has been supporting the conference by helping to announce the conference, sending speakers, organizing panel sessions and sending out the call for participation. W3C Japan and Keio University were also involved with the organization of the 2004 and 2007 conferences.

Khronos Group LogoWebGL LogoWebCL Logo

The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of graphics, parallel computing, vision, sensor processing and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices - including the Web. Khronos standards include OpenGL(r), OpenGL(r) ES, WebGL(tm), OpenCL(tm), WebCL(tm), COLLADA(tm) and glTF(tm). All Khronos members are enabled to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. More information is available at

Sponsor Packs

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or supporter please contact info (at) graphicalweb dot org for additional information. We offer the following sponsorship levels, next to a supporter level:

Platinum, € 8000.-

Gold, € 5000.-

Silver, € 1500.-


Supporters help spread the word about the conference and send announcements, such as the call for participation, to their member email lists. Supporters also have an interest in the growth of open web graphics, SVG and other open W3C web technologies. Supporters typically give one or more interesting presentations at the conference. Supporters do not pay a sponsorship fee but contribute to conference PR.



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