A Visualization Skunkworks. Effective visualization can makes complex data clear. There is an opportunity to use visual representation in innovative ways to gain insights into biological data to effectively communicate science. To do this requires discovering novel visual encoding systems and applying existing ones in new ways. The challenge facing us in biology today is to make sense of the vast amounts of information. By bringing together an understanding of biology and principles from perception, cognition, and design, we help researchers meet the challenge by describing and developing meaningful visual representations of data.

The Data Visualization Initiative aims to 1) establish processes for creating informative visualization models, 2) provide functional prototypes, and 3) build a community for people who apply visuals in their research. This effort is being lead by Bang Wong, Noam Shoresh and Liraz Greenfeld.