Funding Now Available for Data Visualization Submissions

Alexander Yoshizumi

JULY 19, 2021

Funding is now available for the Du Bois Visualization Exhibit!

GIS Week at NC State University is excited to announce that we are now able to offer financial awards for the W.E.B. Du Bois Visualization Exhibit! Currently, we have secured funding for ten $300 awards. Award assignments will be informed by a combination of community voting and graded review, with final award adjudication conducted externally by CNR DEIJ to ensure the integrity of the review process.


Additionally, we also have a small pool of funding to assist with material costs for physical submissions. Projects are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so earlier applications will receive priority assistance and consideration for material aid. The final deadline to submit an application is September 30, 2021. Although, we encourage everyone to apply as soon as possible!


The W.E.B. Du Bois Visualization Exhibit is a data visualization showcase designed to celebrate the visualization work of W.E.B. Du Bois as well as elevate data visualizations centered around racial justice and equity research.


Racial Equity and Justice Track:

  • This track is for visualizations connected to original scholarship related to racial equity and justice.

  • In addition to the visualization, applicants should also provide a short, one-paragraph description of their research.We are calling all students, faculty, and staff with an interest in data visualization and racial justice to submit proposals for the exhibit, which will be hosted within NC State University Libraries. Visualization submissions may be digital or physical, and there are no limits to what materials you may use (e.g., print, paint, textile, 3D model). Submissions will follow two tracks: [1] Modern Extensions and [2] Racial Equity and Justice.


Modern Extensions Track:

  • This track is for proposals that are directly inspired by a specific visualization created by W.E.B. Du Bois.

  • Proposals in this category should retain at least some key elements of the source visualization while also extending or reinterpreting the work through additional data or different data processing methods.


For those interested in preparing a modern extension of one of Du Bois' original data visualizations, we recommend looking into the visualization toolkit linked below:


Submissions are not required to be in a finished state, but they must be on track to be completed by no later than the end of October 2021. In addition to funding, accepted projects will receive iterative design feedback and planning support from our data visualization team.


Further guidelines can be found in the proposal submission form here:


The W.E.B. Du Bois Visualization Exhibit is part of GIS Week at NC State University, an event series hosted by GGSO, a registered NC 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with support from the Center for Geospatial Analytics and NC State University Libraries. The GGSO extends special thanks to NC State University Libraries and CNR DEIJ, without whose support funding awards would not be possible.