Data visualisation and the future of academic publishing

10 June


Manor Road Building, Oxford. OX1 3UQ


Innovative visualisation technologies are enabling academics to communicate their research with new and larger audiences. Interactive visualisations of research data are increasingly available online and are encouraging publishers to reconsider past practices.

This event will bring together publishers, academics, journalists and technologists around the topic of data visualisation. The aim is to foster discussion that will allow us to learn from one another and set new goals for collaboration and innovation. This event is for you if:

  • You are a researcher and produce datasets that you want to visualise and publish
  • You are a publisher and want to hear what leading researchers will require in terms of data visualisation and publication
  • You are a journalist and want to hear how researchers can work with you to communicate data driven research in engaging and innovative ways
  • You work in research communications and would like to understand how mainstream media can help to promote data-intensive research
  • You are a technologist and want to hear about how requirements for data visualisation are being met by academic publishers and mainstream media


10.00 Welcome and introduction, Peggy McCready (Director of Academic IT, University of Oxford), Howard Noble (Head of Research Support, University of Oxford)

10.20 Richard O’Beirne (Digital Strategy Group, OUP) (get video | get presentation)

10.40 Mark Hahnel (Founder of figshare) (get video)

11.00 John Walton (Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC News) (get video)

11.20 Coffee break

11.40 Rowan Wilson (Research Technology Specialist, University of Oxford) 

12.00 Felix Krawatzek (Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford) (get video)

12.20 Andrea Rota (Technical Lead and Data Scientist. Pattrn) 

1.00 Lunch break

2.00 Alan Smith (Data Visualisation Editor, Financial Times) (get video)

2.20 Scott Hale (Data Scientist, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) (get video)

2.40 Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran Research Lecturer, Oxford e-Research Centre) (get video)

3.00 Tea break

3.20 Brainstorm - Next Steps, primed with a presentation by Philippa Matthews (Honorary Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Medicine) (get video)

3.50 Wrap-up

4.00 Close

Please see our film Open Data - The Golden Age of Discovery to learn about the importance of sharing research data from Viktor Mayer Schönberger, Chris Lintott, Danny Dorling, Jacob Dahl, Maja Založnik, Luciano Floridi, and Ben Goldacre: