How do people use Firefox? Announcing the Open Data Visualization Competition

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Mozilla Labs is back with an all new Design Challenge! We’re calling on all data visualization wizards to participate and help the Test Pilot & Mozilla Metrics teams create visual answers to the question: “How do people use Firefox?”


Currently, over 1 million Firefox users from all over the world participate in Test Pilot studies. These results are made available under open licenses, with the data being anonymized before release.

The Competition

The ask is to download some of this data and then create compelling visualizations that tell detailed, meaningful and yet easy-to-interpret stories about interesting user activities on Firefox. For example, infographics that investigate general usage patterns, reveal interesting user behavior, or explore browser performance.

The Data

We’ll provide you with two sets of data to download (accessible on 17 November 2010) from studies conducted on Mozilla’s own open data program, Test Pilot, to help your exploration:

  1. A Week in the Life of a Browser – v2
  2. Firefox 4 Beta Interface – Round 2

Judges & Partners

Members from the Mozilla Labs, Test Pilot & Metrics teams will be joined by David Smith from our partner, Revolution Analytics – to form an expert judging panel.


Great visualizations call for recognition for all our participants – so we will be featuring all submissions on the Test Pilot website and Mozilla Metrics blog to highlight your hard work.

Besides this there are also some cool prizes up for grabs:

  • Grand prize will be a $300 Amazon gift card
  • Two “Best in Class” teams will receive a set of Edward Tufte books

How Do I Enter

Check out the Test Pilot blog post and Mozilla Metrics blog post for more detailed information on the data, full brief, important dates, prizes, partners, judges and much more.

Follow @moztestpilot, @mozconcept and @mozmetrics on Twitter for all latest news and updates.

Also, don’t forget to head over to the official competition page to get going.