Project Timeline and News

  1. June 2014. Project kick-off
  2. Summer and Fall 2014. Intense software development. A new robust version of the online analysis tool is developed, relying on updated data structures.
  3. November 2014. The software receives a new name, SuAVE, which stands for Survey Analysis via Visual Exploration.
  4. December 2014. New functionality added to SUAVE, including the first version of survey authoring system. The General Social Survey 2010 and EarthCube surveys are published in SUAVE.
  5. January 23, 2015. Advisory committee meeting, timed with the EarthCube Stakeholder Alignment project’s writing session in San Diego. We presented the newest version of SuAVE and showed the capabilities of the authoring system using data from Nick Berente.
  6. February 2015. New functionality added: crosstab view
  7. April 2015. Presentation at UCSD Design Rendezvous, at CalIT2 Design Lab, 4/14/2015 (Powerpoint)
  8. April-June 2015. SuAVE is used in classroom teaching for the first time, by Professor Akos Rona-Tas.
  9. May-June 2015. New functionality in SuAVE: managing missing values; added display of percentages, variable name search, user settings.
  10. May 2015. SuAVE is used in the EarthCube CINERGI project for assembling inventories of resources in several science domains (see In these applications developed in collaboration with several EarthCube  Research Coordination Network projects, SUAVE visualizations are integrated with Google Spreadsheets. The applications are demonstrated at the EarthCube AHM, May 27-29, 2015. See posters from all EarthCube projects in SuAVE:
  11. July 2015. Video tutorials are published on YouTube, and the first version of the project web site is developed, by Natalie Kadonaga, our summer REHS intern.
  12. August 2015. Natalie Kadonaga presented this poster at the REHS 2015 showcase at SDSC.
  13. August 2015. A new set of survey icons is developed by Maria and Natalie Kalyuzhny, high school students from the Mount Everest Academy.
  14. August 2015. SuAVE ECOGEO resource viewer is demonstrated at the ECOGEO workshop.
  15. August 2015. A new undergraduate student intern, Katya Tsimring, joined the project.
  16. August 2015. American Museum of Natural History is exploring using SuAVE to publish their collections, with help of David Itsygin, a former SDSC REHS intern. See
  17. September 2015. SuAVE is demonstrated during a congressional staff visit to SDSC, 9/2/2015.
  18. September 2015. The Science Gateways survey published in SuAVE, in collaboration with Nancy Wilkins-Diehr (more about the survey, also here). See the Gallery page to explore it.
  19. September 2015: The SuAVE Gallery page updated, with new surveys from several domains: biodiversity, art history, urban planning, stakeholder analysis, archaeology, international project connections.
  20. October 2015. SuAVE is demonstrated at the Eye on Earth Summit. SuAVE is included in the list of UNEP tools (see
  21. October 2015. Mexico health, hygiene and sanitation survey, and survey of contaminated sites across the US-Mexico border, are published in SuAVE,  presented at the UCSD Faculty Club, 10/14/2015. Both surveys are in the Gallery.
  22. October 2015. Zaslavsky presented a webinar on data integration projects through the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP), which included demonstrations of several SuAVE applications (10/27/2015). See webinar materials at The webinar was attended by 170 registered participants.
  23. October 2015. SuAVE posters accepted to EDUCAUSE Connect events in Denver and Miami (but too expensive to attend.)
  24. November 2015. SuAVE demonstrated at side events preceding the GEO Plenary and Ministerial Summit.
  25. November 2015. A SuAVE-focused poster presented at the SRP Annual Meeting in San Juan. (PDF)
  26. November 2015. “Visual analysis and sharing of surveys on the web with SUAVE” is accepted for a lecture presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS)
  27. November 2015. New functionality added to SuAVE, including the ability to define custom categories for numeric and categorical variables, and the ability to define subsets of respondents and explore their characteristics in comparison with other respondents.
  28. December 2015. SuAVE is used by the international non-profit Global Forest Link project, where high school students collect local photographs and metadata about forest health, relate them to satellite images in Global Forest Watch, and share their research with peers in other countries.
  29. December 2015. We demonstrate how a SuAVE visualization can be automatically generated from results of SOLR search. Much bigger datasets can be managed and navigated with SOLR.
  30. January 2016. SuAVE is demonstrated at the ESIP Winter Meeting, as part of presentations on the CINERGI project and on Building Block project contributions to the Council of Data Facilities
  31. January 2016. SuAVE is presented at NSF, January 11th (PPT). As discussed during and after the presentation, several new experimental SuAVE applications have been added: Dali paintings, and Acacia species and occurrences (integration with Google Fusion Charts and Maps).
  32. January 2016. Two new surveys are added, related to open data access and data management principles (see the Gallery, the Belmont Open Data Survey, and a Survey of GEO Data Management Principles).
  33. January 2016. Side Li (Sid) has joined the team as an undergraduate student intern. He is working on integrating SuAVE with statistical models in R, server-side issues, and improving analysis capabilities.
  34. February 2016. Presentation at the AABSS conference (PPT) Note: it is a 200Mb file, with several embedded videos.
  35. February 2016. SuAVE Advisory Committee meeting, Feb 8th, San Diego.
  36. February 2016. SuAVE poster is presented at NSF SI2 PI Workshop (PDF)
  37. February 2016. SuAVE is used to visualize and explore posters presented at the NSF SI2 Workshop (see them in a newer Collaboration version)
  38. March 2016. SuAVE poster is presented at the RDA Plenary in Tokyo.
  39. March 2016. We are working with Dr. Lev Manovich, an expert in digital humanities and art history (see article 1 and article 2 about him), to publish several new datasets, including Van Gogh paintings.
  40. April 2016: Side Li implements R integration (logit, probit, and log-linear model computation can be  done now from SuAVE), and adds advanced analysis of conditional frequencies in explanations based on multiple factors (as described in Determinacy Analysis, eg see this paper).
  41. April 2016. The survey publishing system is updated to allow specification of views to be displayed.
  42. April 2016: The software is demonstrated at the 2016 BioVision Alexandria Conference (conference site, presentation)
  43. May 2016. American National Election Survey Pilot is made accessible via SuAVE.
  44. May 2016. SuAVE is demonstrated at the EPA Aggregated Exposure Pathways workshop in Durham, NC, May 9-11. A sample dataset from the CDC National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is published (cardiovascular health)
  45. May 2016. A gallery of Balthus paintings is added.
  46. May 2016. Project web site is moved to SDSC Openstack platform and is now at
  47. June 2016. A preview of survey authoring system is operational. Select “My Surveys” to register and login, then create a new survey by pointing to a CSV file and entering survey title. Then you can specify how icons should be displayed (by selecting their shapes and colors based on values of one or two variables), and edit survey description. You can also configure which optional views (QCA, R, Map) to include in SuAVE. Your personal gallery of public surveys will be available at<your_user_name>
  48. June 2016. Several new demonstration surveys have been published, using the authoring system prototype. These are extracts from NSF Fastlane grants database, based on selected search keywords: Metadata, Big Data, Biodiversity, SI2, EarthCube. These surveys were developed as part of live demos to several audiences at UCSD and elsewhere.
  49. June 2016. Dr. Seuss Political Cartoons and his Advertising Artwork collections are published in Suave. This is a result of our initial conversations with the UCSD Libraries. Both collections are created and maintained by UCSD Libraries as part of their Digital Library Development Program.
  50. July 2016. Suave is demonstrated at the EarthCube All-hands Meeting in Denver, and at the IEDA Policy Committee Meeting at LDEO
  51. August 2016. Webinar presentation to the Suave Advisory Committee on new project features and development plans (8/4/2016). The key updates we demonstrated are:
    1. Improved survey data publishing (you can now manage surveys from a cell phone; have a personal survey gallery; do on-the-fly address geocoding to create a map view, etc.)
    2. New Annotation and survey sharing functionality (click Comments to annotate any view; browse and search annotations; share annotated Suave views with collaborators)
  52. August 2016. Continuing our work with the UCSD Library: an initial gallery of student newspapers is published.
  53. August 2016. A first version of SuAVE for the Digital Rocks Portal is published.
  54. August 2016. Working with our CINERGI partners, we publish an example of a coral reef survey in SuAVE. Click “About Survey” on the SuAVE interface to learn more about this study. Another CINERGI-related example is Arctic Great River Observatory data.
  55. September 2016. We have first 20 external user accounts! Registering for a Suave account lets you publish surveys and comment on surveys.
  56. September 2016. A new variable type, #multi, is implemented. It is used to describe multiple-value, or “check all that apply”, questions. We will be updating several surveys to make use of this new variable type.
  57. September 2016. SUAVE is presented at the 8th RDA plenary in Denver. Here is the poster.
  58. September 2016. Working with the fossils collection from the British Geological Survey, we scaled image rendering to 8000+ images. See an example. This fossils collection spanning several museums received the 2015 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences.
  59. September 2016. More portfolio analysis applications in SuAVE: all Horizon 2020 awards from CORDIS; NSF awards that mention Geomorphology, Observing Systems, Sociology, Neuroscience, SI2, to list a few. Fastlane proved to be a good source of data for a very quick demo of SuAVE authoring and annotation capabilities.
  60. September 2016. Several journal publishers have been looking at SuAVE as a way to improve access to their data collections. Here are some journal lists:  ElsevierSpringer. These examples are mostly for tuning new SuAVE features, such as sprites-based rendering and anticipatory loading of images, and using #multi variables.
  61. September 2016. Global Forest Link, our non-profit partner project focused on global STEM and environmental science education, uses SuAVE to publish forest surveys and video stories created by high school students. Its new phase is now expanded to 5 countries and includes 30 participating schools or youth groups.
  62. September 2016. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their indicators is a topic of great interest for several international organizations. See a cool SuAVE application showing SDG indicator values for 150 countries.
  63. September 2016. SuAVE is presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. See the presentation abstract. It was also demonstrated at the EarthCube booth at the GSA.
  64. October 2016. SuAVE is presented to undergraduate student classes: COMM 132 Science Communication (PPT), and USP 186: Senior Sequence Research Proposal. (PPT)
  65. October 2016. SuAVE is presented at the Annual meeting of the America Public Health Association in Denver (Poster in PDF). Several health-related datasets are published in preparation to APHA (UCSD Doctors, EyeRounds, NHANES Diabetes survey)
  66. October 2016. First SuAVE newsletter and brochure are developed.
  67. October 2016. Through our discussions with the iDigBio project, collections from the Florida MNH are published: Fish Gallery and Fish and Shark Profiles. An application showing the portfolio of iDigBio-related NSF awards was created as part of the demo to the development team. The step-by-step process of publishing a survey using this example is captured in a new Tutorial.
  68. October 2016. We continue conversion of previously published datasets to the new underlying formats supporting high-performance image rendering and the annotation/collaboration system. Notice that many datasets in the News and Gallery sections now have additional “collaboration version” links.
  69. October 2016. Two new MagIC-related datasets are published; MagIC contributions, and MagIC Photos – as part of our discussion with the MagIC development team.
  70. November 2016. SuAVE is presented at the 2016 Science Gateways Institute meeting, Nov 2-3. See the presentation slides (PPT), and the extended abstract. SuAVE (and CINERGI) demos are also presented at the Poster Session and Resource Expo. The Science Gateways survey in SuAVE is updated for the meeting.
  71. November 2016. A large Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) is published in SuAVE, following the APHA conference.
  72. November 2016. SuAVE is presented as part of the RTC/CEC seminar of the UCSD Superfund Research Center (Nov 9th)
  73. November 2016. In the aftermath of the elections: an attempt to understand what has gone wrong with horse race polling and how analysis of a larger election-related dataset in SuAVE can hep explain what happened – see the first installment of the Suave Data Insights Blog. The blog describes an analysis pathway through the American National Election Survey Pilot dataset such that readers can reproduce the analysis at any annotated point.
  74. November 2016. Several additional geoscience datasets published: Soil samples in wetlands of the Lower Mekong;  Coral dynamics (from MCR LTER),  NOAA Observing System Explorer.
  75. November 2016. SuAVE is presented at an EarthCube Tools Webinar (Nov 18th)
  76. November 2016. The staging ( and development ( versions are proxied to and, respectively, to avoid port blocking by some networks. Use these subdomains to access SuAVE applications if the 3000/3001 addresses don’t work for you.
  77. December 2016. SuAVE was presented at the NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST (Dec 5-8): at the Superfund plenary (see photo), and then at the demo/poster session (see photo). Also a blog post about SuAVE at the FEST.
  78. January 2017. Several key visualization and performance enhancements developed: dynamic overlay text, tooltips, support for facets with a long list of values, better rendering in the bucket and cross-tab views. Changes on the commenting/curation side: authors can now edit the data in SuAVE (ie no need to re-upload datasets) ; users can comment on individual items or distribution patterns.
  79. January 2017. SuAVE is presented at an Eye-On-Earth webinar, on 1/11/2017. Eye-on-Earth is “the convergence of  a series of initiatives by several organisations over the past few years that collectively address the global challenge of increasing access to information to support sustainable development.” (from See the webinar announcement, and a SuAVE application showing webinar registrations. We had 329 registrations from 77 countries (a record number for this seminar series), and a lot of very good feedback. Big thanks to all participants!
  80. January 2017. We now have 75 registered users of SuAVE.
  81. January 2017. A SuAVE workshop at UCSD Library, 1/30, “Data science for everyone: Using SUAVE to visualize 2016 election survey data” (PDF). The workshop is supported by the UCSD Center for the Humanities (see the Announcement). We demonstrate library collections in SuAVE and discuss analysis of surveys, including analysis of election results.
  82. February 2017. Presentation on SuAVE at NSF, 2/7. (PDF). One of the outcomes is several new SuAVE galleries, with iNaturalist data (iNaturalist google group messages with links)
  83. February 2017. Presentation on SuAVE at CIESIN, Columbia University, 2/15 (brown bag lunch).
  84. February 2017. SuAVE is presented at an EarthCube webinar focused on matching science needs with new software tools available for use in the geosciences, 2/17 (PDF).
  85. February 2017. SuAVE poster is presented at the NSF SI2 PIs meeting in Arlington, VA, 2/21-22 (Figshare).
  86. February 2017. Presentation at the Library of Congress by Ilya Zaslavsky, 2/23. See the blog post and presentation flyer.
  87. February 2017. Presentation at the 2017 Eastern Sociological Society meeting “Visualizing Outliers and Learning from Exceptions”, by Akos Rona-Tas, 2/24 (PDF).
  88. February 2017. The number of external SuAVE user accounts exceeds 100.
  89. March 2017. SuAVE is presented at ASLO 2017. See Abstract and PPT (Dropbox link, 180Mb, because of videos)
  90. April 2017. Akos Rona-Tas presented SuAVE in a talk “Visualizing Data and Connecting Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in the Classroom” at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Portland, 4/7/2017.
  91. May 2017. Virginia Tech Library lists SuAVE among analytical tools for the social sciences.
  92. May 2017. A number of new surveys and digital collections published, including: El Greco paintingsNature Reproducibility Survey (see the original Nature article); Nobel laureates; Kommos Photomicrographs (collaboration with Pat Quinn from UCL); Afghanistan household survey by the World Bank; Soviet Books for children (from Princeton collection); USDA nutritional data; coral bleaching database; MoMA Paintings.


(*) Links to SuAVE applications are in bold

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