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2018 Visualize This! Challenge

Now in its third year, Visualize This! is a Canada-wide competition that aims to celebrate the innovative ways visualization can help researchers explore datasets and answer important scientific questions. This year, the Visualize This! Challenge is comprised of two separate competitions: a scientific visualization challenge based on a molecular dynamics simulation dataset, and a humanities visualization challenge based on the Orlando British Women’s Writing Dataset. Your challenge is to bring these datasets to life with a unique visualization that helps us understand and learn from the dataset. The Challenge is free to enter and there are prizes up for grabs! Visit the Visualize This! website for full contest details.

Upcoming Workshops

There are currently no workshops scheduled. If you would like to request a workshop be held at your institution, please contact Alex Razoumov, WestGrid Visualization Coordinator.

Upcoming Webinars

If you would like to request a webinar on a specific visualization topic, please send suggestions to Alex Razoumov, WestGrid Visualization Coordinator.  


During the last couple of years, WestGrid offered a recurring introductory workshop on scientific visualization using ParaView. These one-day sessions provided an introductory-level workshop on how to use ParaView for scientific visualization. To view the presentations and data, see the Data and Exercises section. 

What is ParaView?

ParaView is an open source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application. ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. This workshop explores the basics of scientific visualization with 2- and 3-dimensional data sets through hands-on exercises, focusing primarily on multidimensional datasets. Attendees need to bring a laptop and should have ParaView installed on their laptop before the workshop. Wireless networking is usually available during the workshop.

Workshop Outline

  • Scientific visualization overview
  • ParaView interface
  • 2D and 3D visualization
  • Volume rendering
  • Data sets and formats
  • Putting it all together: creating a visualization pipeline, using filters
  • Python scripting in ParaView
  • Animation
  • Visualization resources at WestGrid, Compute Canada
  • Remote visualization using WestGrid resources

Data and Excercises

During the workshop we explore a set of datasets as excercises. The workshop is very hands on, and you will be creating relatively sophisticated visualizations by the end of the session. Here are examples of our datasets and exercises during the workshop:

Installing ParaView

The ParaView Visualization workshop is a hands on workshop. All workshop attendees will need to bring a laptop with ParaView installed. Installing ParaView is straightforward. There are installers for Windows, OSX, and Linux. Please visit the ParaView download page and install ParaView according to the directions for your specific operating system.

Future Workshops  

We'd like to gauge the community's interest in:

  • future workshop locations
  • other visualization tools (e.g., VisIT) and topics you'd like to learn more about

Possible topics could include introduction to various general-purpose and domain-specific visualization tools, remote visualization using HPC hardware, in-situ visualization, etc. Alternatively, if you have a specific model or dataset that you'd like to visualize, and there is a significant target audience, we could develop a smaller workshop around that dataset type.

Please let us know if you would like a session hosted at your institution.