VAST 2007 Contest
Using Jigsaw as a support analysis tool, we entered and won the
university component of the
VAST 2007 Contest.
The Contest organizers created a collection of over 1500 news reports,
each being plain text of a few paragraphs in length, as well as a number of
other images, spreadsheets, background documents, and blog entries.
From these, contestants had to identify and describe an embedded
crime/terror plot that was hinted at by a number of items across the
data collection. We used Jigsaw to explore and analyze the
information and we were able to develop a very accurate description of
embedded plot. For more details, see our actual contest entry.
By winning the contest, we were also invited to appear in a special
live challenge at the VAST 2007 Symposium as well. There, we teamed
with a professional analyst to work on a new smaller, but similar, data
set and problem using Jigsaw. We were able to gain a lot of valuable
feedback about Jigsaw, including ideas for system improvements, during
this session. Below we show a number of photos from the Symposium and
the live contest.
modified: October 24, 2008