In case you haven’t seen the announcements on Slack, this is an invitation to join the second Julia VizCon in Berlin 12-16 March this year. The VizCon is a working meeting for anyone wanting to contribute to the plotting and visualization ecosystem of Julia. We’ll have presentations and discussions but mostly, we’ll focus on coding together! You can see a report of last year’s vizcon here: Vizcon , 29th-30th Oct Berlin (first method in the thread only).
The idea is to focus on areas of the plotting/visualization ecosystem in Julia and try to give some areas a “quantum leap”. Often a really concerted focused effort on a package can give it that push to become much more broadly useful. What exactly we do is up to everyone attending, but ideas for this year includes making Makie compatible with RecipesBase recipes (which would allow it to plot types from hundreds of packages), and @simondanisch will bring a plan and a prototype for this to the meeting. For Makie we could also work with Layouts, Geographical plots (maps), Themes etc., for Plots we could push out v. 1.0, rework legends, or create recipes for statistical model objects in StatsPlots. There are also people who’ve announced they’d like to work on VegaLite or PGFPlotsX, and in general it would be relevant to work on any plotting packages in Julia, and allow cross-inspiration.
We will meet in Berlin, which is centrally located in Europe, at the Technical University, which has kindly given us the use of a seminar room for the meeting. The meeting will be open to everyone. We plan to start the days/sessions with a guided-tour-for-contributors on the key packages, to ease entry for interested coders that are first-time-contributors to these packages. Then we’ll split into groups to work, some to agree on designs and open issues, some to code away and close issues. In the evenings we’ll go out and eat together - during the VizCon last year we had a wonderful atmosphere of companionship and achievement in the evenings.
JuliaPlots has a project on the VizCon https://github.com/orgs/JuliaPlots/projects/2 , and we suggest creating “VizCon” labels on the various packages to discuss issues to focus on during the meeting. There’s also a dedicated #vizcon2 channel on Slack to discuss issues and ideas for the meeting.
The event has generously received sponsoring by NumFocus. These money will go to keeping the cost of attending (transport, meals, perhaps accomodation) low for attendees, making everybody able to attend. Most of the money will go to helping bringing people to Berlin - as bringing people together is the key. In practice this will take the form of travel grants that all attendees can apply for.
To sign up, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Registration will remain open, but registrations before the 5th of February are eligible for applying for a travel grant. We will also try to decrease costs for attendees (and improve fun) by coordinating booking some big airbn’b’s for groups of people to share for those who signed up before 5th of February.
To apply for a travel grant, send an email to email@example.com before 5th of February, with the following information: Name and github handle, an estimate of travel cost (e.g. from momondo), means of transportation, student/unemployed/employed, and a note on whether attendance would require getting 50% or 100% covered (or you’d be attending anyway). Priority will be given to people without alternative means of funding (e.g. students with no other income) and prolific contributors to the ecosystem. People using ground transport will be prioritized over air transport if at all feasible (e.g. within 12 hours on the ground) to reduce CO2 emissions (we can probably only subsidise 1 or two long flights in total anyway, due to cost).
16 people signaled that they would be able to attend these days when we planned the meeting, and 15 more have joined the Slack channel, so we expect a great turnout. Come make VizCon THE julia event outside JuliaCon!
- the VizCon Organizing Team
(poster credit to @cormullion )