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Visualisation competition

GeoPlace Annual Conference 2019 – ‘Bringing Location to Life' visualisation competition

This year we are launching a visualisation competition to showcase the creativity and expertise of the public sector community in creating engaging map-based visuals. After all, nothing "brings location to life" more than a map!

Visualisations can transform complex data into information and allows patterns, trends and anomalies to be detected. We can convey vast amounts of information via a single image which would otherwise take reams of text to explain.

The competition is focused on the utilisation of address or street data in telling a story, deconstructing complexity, or answering questions such as "where?", "what?", "why?", "when?" and "how?" when visualised.

The deadline for entries is Friday 5th April.

We look forward to receiving your entries!

There are 4 categories:

  1. "Conveying complexity"

The phrase "a picture paints a thousand words" summarises this category well. Images in this category will show complex analysis or data trends in a simplistic, aesthetic and visually accessible way. The viewer should be able to easily access the information and understand what key messages are being told. Address or street data must be utilised in its creation.

  1. "Reference or index map"

This category welcomes the traditional reference maps such as street indexes, authority level maps or ward maps to name but a few. Entries are to be submitted with a focus on cartography skills such as legibility, symbology, design and aesthetics. Entries must include the traditional map elements: title, north arrow, scale, legend, associated copyrights / licences* (*as per all of the entries). Address or street data must be utilised in its creation.

  1. "Data in action"

The creation of an image to aid, depict or explain local authority services or service delivery. Location data plays a key role in effective service delivery; knowing where services are being delivered, how they will be delivered and potentially where requests are coming from, can all be shown visually. For example, winter gritting routes, school travel plans or even fly-tipping hotspots. Entries should be able to clearly tell the viewer a key message about local authority services or service delivery. Address or street data must be utilised in its creation.

  1. "Abstract or thematic representation"

The focus here is on aesthetics and creating a visually beautiful image. Entries can be ‘abstract' in the sense that they do not have to be constrained to the traditional map elements such as having a scale (or being to scale), north arrow or even having basemap. The idea is to be creative and let the data do the story telling through its visualisation. Address or street data must be utilised in its creation.


We will be letting the community decide which entries win in each category by displaying them in a map gallery which can be voted on.

The entry that receives the highest number of votes in each category will be declared the winner and announced at our annual conference on May 9th in London.

In addition, the entry that attracts the highest votes overall will be awarded a prize.

Key dates

  • Friday 5th April - Deadline for entries

  • Friday 12th April – Entries opened up for voting via a map gallery.

  • Thursday 9th May – Winners for each category announced, plus overall winner (highest voted entry).

Submission guidelines

1. A new folder on the GeoPlace FTP has been created in the "In" directory called "Visualisation_Competition". Please place your entries within here.

Each entry and associated files should be zipped up into a single .zip file and prefixed with following:

NNNN: Local Custodian Code
VV: Volume number
CC: Category entered ( 01: Conveying complexity, 02: Reference or index map, 03: Data in action, 04: Abstract or thematic representation)

For example "" or  ""

2. Entries must utilise or contain data / information derived from either the LLPG, OS AddressBase, LSG / NSG data, OS MM Highways or facilitated via the UPRN or USRN. For example, visualisations do not have to include the rendering of the LLPG geometry "point" or the LSG "street". As long as the data (or its derivative e.g. via data linking to other datasets) has been used in the image or to create the image in some form, then that is sufficient.

3. All entries must contain their relative acknowledgements, copyrights and data licence statements.

4. All entries must contain non-sensitive information and have internal permission granted to be shown publicly.

5. Visualisations must be created entirely in-house and must not be a product of a third party (eg. an image in a project created by an external organisation commissioned by the authority).

6. Entries do not have to be created specifically for the competition and can be images used retrospectively that were created in the past.

7. Format of entries can either be a static image (formats: bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .png) or a video clip (20 seconds max) should the entry be an animated map (formats: wmv, .avi, .mov), or a rolling power point presentation.

8. All entries must include the following:

  • Name(s) of creator(s)

  • Job title

  • Authority name

  • Email address

  • Title of the entry

  • Category entered

  • 200 word (max) summary of what the entry depicts and how address / street data has been used.