What is BELIV?

The BELIV workshop series is a biennial event focusing on the methdological challenges in visualization. BELIV 2018 will be the 7th of the BELIV workshop series and will be held Oct 20 or 21, 2018, as a one-day workshop at IEEE VIS 2018 in Berlin, Germany. All registered attendees of IEEE VIS will be able to attend the workshop.

History and News in 2018

BELIV has traditionally been a biennial workshop on evaluation in visualization. In the first three instances of its existence it focused on Information Visualization, but since 2012 has been opened to all subareas of visualization including Scientific Visualization and Visual Analytics. The goal of the workshop has been to serve as a forum for the discussion of novel and not-yet fully established evaluation methods for visualization.

For BELIV 2018, the scope will be extended to discuss research methods in visualization more broadly. BELIV 2018 will be open to discussions on how we establish the validity and scope of knowledge acquired in our domain including, in particular, all forms of methods used to acquire this knowledge. This broader scope is meant to entice critical reflection on ways to assess different forms of value offered by visualization research and design. This includes discussions on novel research methods but also existing methods and tools such as statistics. We also invite meta-discussions on empirical research practices in our domain, for example on what level of rigor to require of our methods, how to choose methods and methodologies, and how to best communicate the results of empirical research. This broader umbrella encompasses the topics that BELIV has been known to focus on, but expands in ways that we believe are important as our research community grows and matures.

While BELIV has in the past already accepted papers on this nature, the 2018 call for papers will highlight this broader scope explicitly and specifically invite contributions on research methods. Hence, we have decided to change the name of BELIV from "Beyond Time And Errors: Novel Evaluation Methods For Visualization" to:

"evaluation and BEyond - methodoLogIcal approaches for Visualization (BELIV)"

The discussions and papers we would like to see presented at BELIV currently do not have a dedicated open forum in the visualization community. Furthermore, the topics cross-cut the individual conferences making broad dissemination difficult in the traditional technical tracks