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Alice Samson · March 6, 2014

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Web, the World Wide Web Foundation and Vizualizing.org are pleased to unveil the winners of the Visualizing the Impact of the World Wide Web challenge. We challenged you produce the most accessible, stylish and original visualisation of the Web Index, the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the web’s growth, utility, and impact on people and nations.

The winning design was Ewa Tuteja’sWeb Maturity‘ project.  Cleverly representing a range of Web Index indicators through artistic tree glyphs, the project offers an immediate assessment of the state of the Web across the globe, during its anniversary year. Hania Farhan, the Web Index Director of Research at the World Wide Web Foundation said:

‘All the entries we reviewed were of a very high standard, and the final decision was not an easy one. We’d like to thank everyone who participated for their great effort and work.

‘Overall, we found Ewa Tuteja’s winning project both original and intuitive, with a simple, effective and powerful image depicting the story that the Web Index data tells. A tree is a universally understood image, and if a reader is interested in a deeper-dive into the data, the visualisation also allows for that. Congratulations Ewa.’

Ewa will receive $3200 and an invitation to attend a World Wide Web Foundation event celebrating the Web’s 25th anniversary. Responding to the news that she had won, Ewa said:

‘I feel honoured to have been awarded first prize. This is my first major data visualization endeavour and I had a lot of fun creating it. I tried out a few designs and finally decided on the tree shape, because it has connotations of growth, development and maturity.

‘I wanted to create a detailed overview of the state of the Web in each country, as I felt that the story that the Web Index data tells comes from many of the smaller indicators and survey questions. I also wanted to provide an easy way for users to do comparisons between countries so I arranged the tree glyphs according to their location on a world map. During the whole process, I had Ben Shneiderman’s mantra in my mind: “Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand.”’

Roxana Torre’s project ‘How Healthy is the Web’ garnered the honorable mention prize of $500.

The student prize of $300 goes to ‘WebImpact’ by TU Delft students Niels Doekemeijer and Jeff Smits.

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