September 23-26 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The Graphical Web:
Motion, Meaning, Stories, Standards
Pictures for everyone.

2016

The 2016 edition of the conference will be held on November 1 to 4 in Exeter, UK, organized by the UK Metoffice, Informatics Lab.

About

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 2015 is being organised by Slippery Rock University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, over 4 days from Wednesday September 23rd through to Saturday September 26th. 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.

Pittsburgh from the West End Overlook

Pittsburgh WEO Night 1" by Ronald C. Yochum Jr. - Own work (uploaded from en wiki). Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

Participate

Conference Registration

Registration is now open. After creating a new user account please proceed to "Final Registration and Payment". Payment is handled by SRU (Slippery Rock University). Currently we only support payment by credit card. If this does not work for you, please contact us for other arrangements. The abstract submission deadline is officially over. However, if you have something really cool and new please let us know and submit an abstract in English.

Important Dates

Pricing, Conference Fees

Regular Attendee: $ 300.- (early bird)
$ 350.- (after early bird)
Presenter: $ 150.-
Student: $ 50.-
Social Event (boat ride and dinner): $ 100.-
Workshops regular (3 workshops, Friday afternoon and Saturday): $ 200.-
Workshops students (3 workshops, Friday afternoon and Saturday): $ 100.-

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.

Accommodation

We reserved a room contingent at our conference venue, the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel. Please use this link if you want to use this offer.

Venue

Venue

Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania, United States
15222


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Located at the heart of Pittsburgh’s business, cultural and dining hub, Fairmont Pittsburgh offers superb and distinctive guest services and accommodations in a luxury setting. With breathtaking views of PNC Park, the restored downtown and the Pittsburgh city skyline, our guests have the immediate feeling of truly being in the center of it all. From the theater and entertainment district, to sightseeing and world-class sports facilities, Fairmont Pittsburgh is near all of Pittsburgh's top attractions.

Embracing the city's rich history of art and industry with striking glass and steel features and local artwork, Fairmont Pittsburgh stands as a testament to the city’s unyielding grace, beauty and strength.

Pittsburgh was named "The Coolest American City You Haven't Been To" by The Huffington Post. We invite you to visit our beautiful city to see what everyone is talking about.

Getting there from Pittsburgh International Airport

By bus

The 28X is the bus that runs from the airport to downtown dropping off at Liberty and Market Street. One ticket should cost $3.75. Buses run about every half hour Monday through Friday (weekends are different) - see schedule - and takes about 40 minutes to the hotel. The bus schedule doesn't show a stop at Liberty and Market but rather at Liberty and Wood (which is one block further up). Liberty and Market is where people want to get off the bus since it is literally right at the hotel. They'll have to either tell the bus driver or pull the cord signaling that they want to get off there.

By cab or Uber

Cabs range from $53 for classy cab and approximately $40 for other cabs not including tip. Guests of course can use their Smartphones to get an Uber from the airport, prices vary for this option.

By limo service

Regency Transportation - $76.25 one way including taxes and gratuity, reservations required with a credit card and cell phone number.

By car

Parking

Fairmont Pittsburgh offers the following valet parking services:

Self-parking is also available in the Three PNC Plaza Garage (located underneath the hotel). Public parking rates apply.

Contact

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

Schedule

The conference schedule below is still subject to change.

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Day 1: September 23 Day 2: September 24 Day 3: September 25 Day 4: September 26

Day 1: September 23

TimeTrack 1, Ballroom A Track 2, Ballroom B
07:30 Registration and Breakfast (provided)
Session Chair: -
09:00 Welcome, Opening and Keynote
Session Chair: Deborah Whitfield; Welcome note from Cheryl Norton (President of Slippery Rock University)
09:00 Web Graphics: Prelude to Web Combinatorics (45 min)
David Dailey (Slippery Rock University)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 A1 to A3
Session Chair: Vincent Hardy
B1 to B3
Session Chair: Ruud Steltenpool
10:30 The state of WebGL and glTF (30 min)
Patrick Cozzi (Analytical Graphics, Inc.)
11:00 Flat Design with WebGL (30 min)
Alvin Ourrad (Goodboy Digital)
Using Instagram Data for Real-Time Visualizations and Storytelling (30 min)
Michelle Chandra (CartoDB / ITP - NYU)
11:30 High performance computational graphics in the browser (30 min)
Nikos Andronikos (CiSRA / Canon)
Interaction design for Data Visualization (30 min)
Miles McCrocklin
12:00 Lunch provided by SRU College of Health Environment, Science
13:30 A4 to A6
Session Chair: Vincent Hardy
B4 to B6
Session Chair: Ruud Steltenpool
13:30 SVG 2 (30 min)
Martin Owens
Bring Me a Rock (30 min)
John Hellier (Quin Moto)
14:00 SVG SuperPath Implementation and demo (30 min)
Jean-Claude Moissinac (Telecom ParisTech)
Visualization of Website Traffic (30 min)
Eric McAlpine (Slippery Rock University)
William Botzer
Deborah Whitfield (Slippery Rock University)
14:30 About the need of reference points for SVG and its potential use (30 min)
Juergen Roethig (DHBW Karlsruhe)
Visualizing Resources, how we did it (30 min)
Aixbel Martinez (Inter-American Development Bank)
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Plenary sessions (A7 to A8)
Session Chair: Doug Schepers
15:30 SVG, CSS, and Canvas (30 min)
Amelia Bellamy-Royds
16:00 Choosing the right tool: Combining manual and programmatic manipulation of SVG (30 min)
Adam Pearce (Bloomberg Graphics)
16:45 Keynote
Session Chair: Doug Schepers
16:45 SVG Authoring with Adobe Tools (60 min)
Vincent Hardy (Adobe)
18:00 Icebreaker: light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar (18:00 to 20:00)

Day 2: September 24

TimeTrack 1, Ballroom A Track 2, Ballroom B
07:30 Breakfast (provided), 07:30 - 08:30
09:00 Keynote
Session Chair: Andreas Neumann
09:00 Graphical Holidays (60 min)
Alex Danilo (Google)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 A9 to A11
Session Chair: David Dailey
B9
Session Chair: Alex Danilo
10:30 Packaging web graphics and media for easier internet delivery (30 min)
Cyril Concolato (Telecom ParisTech)
Emmanouil Potetsianakis (Telecom ParisTech)
11:00 Composable Visualizations (30 min)
Spencer Price (Ravel Law)
11:30 The Graphical Law (30 min)
Kamal Radharamanan (Ravel Law)
12:00 Lunch (provided)
13:30 Plenary sessions (A12 to A14)
Session Chair: Amelia Bellamy-Royds
13:30 Accessible Data Visualization (30 min)
Doug Schepers (W3C)
14:00 evoGraphs - A jQuery Plugin to Create Web Accessible Graphs (30 min)
Ather Sharif
Babak Forouraghi (Saint Joseph's University)
Shengqi Gong
14:30 Eve: Exploring and Visualizing Data for Non Programmers (30 min)
Corey Montella (Kodowa, Inc.)
15:00 Coffee Break
15:30 Keynote
Session Chair: Andreas Neumann
15:30 Your SVG is bad and you should feel bad! (30 min)
Erik Dahlström
16:00 Standards and Implementors Panel
Session Chair: David Dailey
18:00 Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise (tickets required) or TGW 2015 Art Exhibition Reception at Fairmont Ballroom Foyer with light appetizers

Day 3: September 25

TimeTrack 1, Ballroom A Track 2, Ballroom B
07:30 Breakfast (provided), 07:30 - 08:30
09:00 Keynote
Session Chair: Andreas Neumann
09:00 Designing National Park Service Visitor Maps (60 min)
Tom Patterson (US National Park Service)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Plenary sessions (A17 to A19)
Session Chair: Alex Danilo
10:30 How to label a map? (30 min)
Rahul Ravikumar (Apple)
11:00 Rolling on the River (30 min)
John Hellier (Sandia National Laboratory)
11:30 Introduction to Processing (30 min)
Peter Ha
12:00 Closing Remarks
12:15 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 Workshop
Introduction to SVG
Rudi Steltenpool
Workshop
Introduction to Generative Typography in p5.js
Peter Ha
Maggie Chiu Yee Chan
teodor herman
15:00 Coffee Break (on your own)
15:30 Workshop
Introduction to SVG
Rudi Steltenpool
Workshop
Introduction to Generative Typography in p5.js
Peter Ha
Maggie Chiu Yee Chan
teodor herman

Day 4: September 26

TimeTrack 5, Knox Track 6, Yeager
07:30 Breakfast (on your own)
09:00 Workshop
Making the Most of the SVG DOM
Amelia Bellamy-Royds
Workshop
Generating interactive 2D and 3D maps from QGIS without programming
Andreas Neumann
10:00 Coffee Break (on your own)
10:30 Workshop
Making the Most of the SVG DOM
Amelia Bellamy-Royds
Workshop
Generating interactive 2D and 3D maps from QGIS without programming
Andreas Neumann
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 Workshop
Creating Interactive Maps with D3
Pablo Navarro Castillo (AxiomZen)
Workshop
R and SVG
Bob Rudis
15:00 Coffee Break (on your own)
15:30 Workshop
Creating Interactive Maps with D3
Pablo Navarro Castillo (AxiomZen)
Workshop
R and SVG
Bob Rudis

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Day 1: September 23 Day 2: September 24 Day 3: September 25 Day 4: September 26

Listing of all Presentations and Courses

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Keynotes

Quick jump to: keynotes | regular presentations | workshops

Regular Presentations

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Workshops

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Dinner Cruise

On Thursday evening there will be a boat ride on the Pittsburgh rivers, operated by the Gateway Clipper company. This three hour cruise along the Ohio and Allegheny rivers will feature the beautiful Pittsburgh riverfront and skyline. We’ll feast on a palate-pleasing dinner buffet, with a choice of three entrees. Each cruise registrant will receive one complimentary alcoholic beverage, with a cash bar available for the duration of the cruise. This dinner event is optional (extra charge) for regular attendees.

Come aboard an iconic Pittsburgh Riverboat for the only dining experience on the three rivers. The cruise features a delicious gourmet buffet, and the breathtaking view of our panoramic skyline! The only way to see the City of Pittsburgh and truly learn about her past, present and future is aboard one of these cruises! The tour will begin on the Monongahela River and will continue on both the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers.

Our ship for the evening, the Gateway Princess, is a 120 foot long, 35 foot wide all-steel traditional paddle wheel style riverboat. With floor to ceiling windows, the Princess allows her passengers to have a superb view of the Pittsburgh skyline. The Princess, formerly known as the Keystone Belle, joined the Gateway Clipper Fleet in 1999 after 15 years of service in Moline, Illinois on the Mississippi River.

Source: Gateway Clipper Company

Where to board the ship:

Conference co-organizer David Dailey will lead you to the docking place. If you happen to miss the group moving toward the Clipper, follow this route: from the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel, turn right on Market Street and walk towards Liberty Avenue, about 130 feet. Continue on to 6th Street towards the water and you will see the Roberto Clemente Bridge. By the bridge you will see the stairs and ramp to the dock. Proceed down the stairs to the queue leading onto the ship.

Sponsors

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. developers.google.com

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'.

Gold Sponsors

Adobe Logo

Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. We help our customers make, manage, measure, and monetize their content across every channel and screen.

Silver Sponsors

PennState School of Visual Arts Logo

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is a part of the College of Arts and Architecture located on Penn State’s University Park Campus. SoVA offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in three areas of study, including Art Education, Studio Art, and Interdisciplinary Digital Studio. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty are dedicated to the learning, research, and educational imagination that takes place in the studios and classrooms at SoVA.

Supporters

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 www.khronos.org.

Media Sponsors

PTC Logo

Talent. Business Development. Government Relations. Visibility. It is the Pittsburgh Technology Council's mission to empower its members through these four core service areas. Based upon feedback from member companies, the Council has streamlined its capabilities to provide the most value by connecting members with direct business building opportunities and the essential resources that they need for business growth. With this model, the Council is not only providing the most value to our technology members, but it is simultaneously moving southwestern Pennsylvania forward through a sustainable, cluster-based approach to technology-focused economic development strategies.

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, US$ 10000.-

Gold, US$ 5000.-

Silver, US$ 2500.-

Supporters

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.

Organizers

Archive

Past Graphical Web Conferences

Past SVG Open Conferences