VAST Challenge 2006

The dataset contains fictitious information and was created for testing and evaluation of visual analytic tools only. No part of this dataset should be taken as real.

Welcome to Alderwood, Washington, a fictitious American town in central Washington state.�

In January 2003, the FBI is tipped off to possible political shenanigans in the mid-sized vacation town of Alderwood, located on the banks of the Alderwood River in south-central Washington State.� Alderwood was having problems resulting from the �dot-com� crash:� The usual vacationers and tourists, most of whom were dependant upon the technology industry for their (quite substantial) income, suffered economic setbacks from the dot-com crash, resulting in reduced vacationing and tourism for the Alderwood recreation industry.� To make matters worse, routine testing at a local farm discovered bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE, also known as �mad cow disease�) sending the remains of the local economy into a tailspin due from resulting beef import embargo imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several foreign nations.� It's been a dismal scene. Yet, a sudden influx of young talented men and women relocating to Alderwood has caused a stir.� A not-so-reliable source has stated that high-paying, high-tech employment is now "a sure thing" in Alderwood, and it's all supported by "the high-rolling big boys at City Hall".� Another informant overheard that "if you support the bosses, the bosses will look after you."

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Author Georges Grinstein, Theresa O'Connell, Sharon Laskowski, Catherine Plaisant
Last Updated May 28, 2014, 18:10 (UTC)
Created May 27, 2014, 23:06 (UTC)
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