Kick-off meeting for the BLIZAAR project at the CVCE

On 16 and 17 February, the CVCE hosted a two-day workshop which marked the start of the research project BLIZAAR — Hybrid Visualization of Dynamic Multilayer Graphs, a three-year project jointly funded by the Luxembourg FNR and the French ANR. The consortium consists of LIST — Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology (LIST), French partners LaBRI — Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique and EISTI — École Internationale des Sciences du Traitement de l’Information and the CVCE’s DH Lab.

BLIZAAR brings together researchers in visual analytics, bioinformatics and history and is dedicated to the development of new data visualisation techniques. The digitised sources in the CVCE’s collections on the European integration process contain information on the rich interplay and relationships between thousands of people, institutions and locations. All these relationships can be understood as part of a large, highly complex network. BLIZAAR sets out to develop new tools for the exploration of this network.

Day 1 of the workshop was dedicated to the CVCE use case. BLIZAAR researchers and members of the European Integration Studies Department and the DH Lab split into small groups, discussed ideas and problems and identified specific tasks on which the consortium will continue to work during the project. Day 2 was dedicated to the LIST use case. A team of researchers in biology and bioinformatics presented data from their research on proteins and evaluated initial visualisations. Over the next six months, the consortium will continue to develop case-specific prototype visualisations which will be the focus of future user testing and evaluation.