IX.7 The Hewlett Foundation Grant Visualizer

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Dino Citraro

Kim Rees

Jacob O'Brien

Brett Johnson

Andrew Winterman

Andrew Witherspoon

Created by the Periscopic team of chief strategist Dino Citraro, head of data visualization Kim Rees, lead visual designer Jacob O’Brien, technical lead Brett Johnson, computer engineer Andrew Winterman, and information and interactive designer Andrew Witherspoon, this visualization for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation shows the distribution and impact of their grant making efforts over the last fourteen years. The goal was to make an online service with three functions: provide insight into where the Foundation has made the largest impact; provide grant seekers context for their applications; and help the Foundation’s officers make funding decisions based on their existing portfolio. The Grant Visualizer includes a series of filters for sorting through $4.01 billion in grants, allowing users to search for grants by region, program, or type of support. A “key findings” section online details subsets of the data, and allows the Hewlett Foundation to highlight the stories they feel are most compelling. For an example of how interactive data visualization can help organize and communicate large amounts of information in an accessible and engaging way, explore the Grant Visualizer at http://www.hewlett.org/grants-tool/index.


Citraro, Dino, Kim Rees, Jacob O'Brien, Brett Johnson, Andrew Winterman, and Andrew Witherspoon. 2013. The Hewlett Foundation Grant Visualizer. Portland, OR. Courtesy of Periscopic. In “9th Iteration (2013): Science Maps Showing Trends and Dynamics,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Todd N. Theriault. http://scimaps.org.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. 2013. "Grants Tool." Accessed December 5. http://www.hewlett.org/grants-tool/index.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.