We've selected the 2016 winners!

Science has completed its Data Stories video contest and we’re pleased to present the winners of this inaugural contest

Official rules

A complete list of official rules is available here. Here are the highlights:

  • You must be 18 or older to enter and win.
  • You must include a link to the free and publicly-available data set on which your submission is based. Open data = open minds.
  • You must confirm that you have the right to use any material—audio, video, data sets, and still imagery—and that you are not infringing copyright.
  • If you win, you will have your work featured on the Science website.
  • If you submit a video with obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate content, AAAS reserves the right to disqualify your creation. So create wisely!

Get to know our judges

Who are our judges? The carefully selected panel of experts will evaluate all valid entries and choose a winner in each of the three categories.

Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals

Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami

Alberto Cuadra, Managing Editor of Graphics at Science

More interested in wowing the world? There is also a people’s choice contest, with the winner chosen by popular vote.

How to wow the judges

Putting together a good video is no easy task. Neither is scripting, narrating, and adding all the bells and whistles that help tell your story … to say nothing of gathering and analyzing all those good data in the first place! That’s why we’re using a three-part rubric for judging.

The first thing our judges are looking for is creativity. How original are your ideas, and how original is your presentation? The second thing our judges are looking for is complexity. How many data sets have you incorporated in your story? How do they interact? And how difficult was it to find the right tools to present your data in a clear and compelling manner? Finally, our judges are looking for clarity. It doesn’t matter how interesting your ideas are or how cleverly they are packaged if we can’t understand them! Imagine that you are making your video for an audience of educated professionals outside your field or for discerning undergraduate students, with equally discerning attention spans.

Final point breakdown is as follows:

  • 33% Creativity
  • 33% Complexity
  • 33% Clarity

Entry categories

Student – An individual at least 18 years old who, at the time of entry, is enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited degree-granting institution of higher education seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Professional – An individual at least 18 years old who, at the time of entry, is not a student but entering individually.

Corporate – A profit or nonprofit organization, however organized, entered by an agent of the organization who warrants that it has the authority to bind the organization to the rules and regulations of this contest.

Contact us at datastories@aaas.org if you have any questions.