February 7 – 12 , 2016, Dagstuhl Seminar 16061

Data-Driven Storytelling


Sheelagh Carpendale (University of Calgary, CA)
Nicholas Diakopoulos (University of Maryland – College Park, US)
Nathalie Henry Riche (Microsoft Research – Redmond, US)
Christophe Hurter (ENAC – Toulouse, FR)

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New communication media are increasingly incorporating data-driven storytelling in a way that leverages the range of possibilities of data visualization, from eye-catching animation, to structure and annotation, to exploratory interactivity. Such storytelling with data is rapidly becoming prominent both in practice and in academia. Everyone from scientists, to business and intelligence analysts are using data visualizations to convey their findings. Leading media outlets such as the New York Times and the Guardian are now routinely engaging the general public with stories that incorporate visual depictions of data or narrative visualizations.

It is now time for the visualization research community to understand how these powerful interactive visualizations play a role in communicating information. Very little is known about what we call data-driven storytelling that is generalizable and which can inform the future development of supporting tools and technologies.

As data-driven storytelling is still an emerging theme, many research questions remain to be investigated. We broadly categorize them as follows:

  • The content: What are the design dimensions of data-driven visual stories?
  • The creation or authoring: What are the processes, practices, and workflows used to create them?
  • The evaluation: How readable is information (Visualization Literacy) and how impactful is information presented this way?

In this Dagstuhl Seminar, we propose to start building this knowledge. We plan to gather researchers, practitioners and designers from the fields of design, visualization, and communication and data journalism to reflect on data-driven storytelling and outline the opportunities and challenges for research and practice.

As one of the major outcome, we envision that this seminar will lead to research articles in a special issue of a high-profile computer science journal such as TVCG or CG&A.

For non-academics: this seminar will be a perfect opportunity to learn more about the state of the art in research, a chance to better know the others practitioners and to explore new possibilities for practice.


  • Computer Graphics / Computer Vision
  • Multimedia


  • Information Visualization
  • Storytelling
  • Visual literacy
  • Data journalism
  • Personal visualization

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