New Brunswick second annual Open Data Visualization Challenge launches

New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network and the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Business Administration have launched the second Open Data Visualization Challenge. These New Brunswick organizations are asking applicants to build visual presentations and an infographic poster that looks at data from a variety of organizations, including the municipal and provincial governments. Applicants can tell a story, make a recommendation or share a new idea that focuses on the influence of open data and an engaged society.

“Having data ranging from population data, qualitative data and even road data presented on a national scale is an amazing opportunity to showcase the open data portals of our province,” said Karina LeBlanc, interim executive director at the Social Policy Research Network.

The infographic developed by contest winners last year was used to convince industry and government officials that moose fences reduce the amount of vehicle collisions on highways.

The deadline for this year’s submissions is November 13, and finalists will be announced on November 16. The individuals and teams that are selected will pitch their ideas and present their infographic posters at the 2017 GovMaker Conference in Fredericton on November 20 and 21.

All those interested in participating in the challenge can register by contacting Andrew Lockhart at UNB’s Faculty of Business Administration at

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Aeman Ansari

Aeman Ansari is a freelance writer who has been published in many Toronto-based publications, including Hazlitt and Torontoist. When she’s not re-watching Hitchcock movies, she’s working on her collection of short fiction inspired by stories from her grandmother, one of the few women in India to receive post-secondary education in English literature at the time.

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