Gateway Competitions

About the competitions

Gateway Data Insights Competition is a competition for undergraduate and graduate students of USC, organized by The Gateway to Global Aging Data at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). This competition includes two challenges:


Best Data Storytelling

Write a short informative post which provides context and interpretation to a graph, table, or map generated from the Gateway to Global Data.

Best Data Visualization

Create an interesting and informative data visualization based on Harmonized data.

Gateway Data Storytelling Competition

This competition challenges USC students to write a short informative post which provides context and interpretation to a graph, table, or map generated from the Gateway to Global Aging Data.


Details

Numerous graphs, tables, and maps are available on the Gateway to Global Aging Data’s Graphs & Tables page. Participants can choose to generate statistics from 28 countries, 110 topics, and 12 years. These statistics can be generated for 900 different subpopulations and compared to 34 different contextual data indicators. Participants should strive to provide context and interpretation to the selected graphs, tables, or maps. The post can include references to other research, new articles, or personal experiences. The post should be less than 750 words and written in a style accessible to the general public. Submissions must include the graphs, tables, and maps generated by the Gateway to Global Aging Data that the post is based on. Selection of the winner will take into account the level of insight, the quality and clarity of the writing, and the innovativeness of the storytelling.

Assistance

The Gateway to Global Aging Data team will be available to assist participants in getting access to the Gateway to Global Aging Data or in clarification of the rules. Statistics will not be distributed to any individual participants, participants must obtain all data and statistics through the Gateway to Global Aging Data website. No intermediate feedback or evaluation of submissions will be offered.

Rules
  • The competition is open to individual USC undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Group submissions are not permitted.
  • The Gateway to Global Aging Data team reserves the right to limit the number of contestants and close registration at any point to ensure adequate time for review and voting.
  • All submissions must be based on statistics generated from the Gateway to Global Aging Data, Tables and Graphs webpage.
  • Contestants must deliver submissions to the Gateway to Global Aging Data team at competition@g2aging.org from student’s official USC email address in Portable Document Format (PDF) or Microsoft Word (DOCX) format.
  • Submissions must include the table, graph, or map on which the post is based.
  • Please reference the competition name [Gateway Data Storytelling Competition] in the subject of your email submission.
  • All submissions must be submitted by Friday, October 25th at 5:00pm.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 5th.
Award

The winner for Best Data Storytelling will be awarded with a $200 Amazon gift card.

Gateway Data Visualization Competition

This competition challenges USC students to generate an interesting and informative data visualization based on Harmonized data.


Details

Harmonized data are available from the following countries:

The United States

RAND HRS, RAND Family Data, Harmonized HRS, and Harmonized HRS End of Life datasets

Mexico

Harmonized MHAS dataset

England

Harmonized ELSA and Harmonized ELSA Life History dataset

Europe & Israel

Harmonized SHARE, Harmonized SHARE End of Life, and Harmonized SHARE Life History datasets

Costa Rica

Harmonized CRELES dataset

South Korea

Harmonized KLoSA dataset

Japan

Harmonized JSTAR dataset

Republic of Ireland

Harmonized TILDA dataset

China

Harmonized CHARLS dataset

Participants should strive to tell a visual story illustrating the dynamics or experience of aging globally or between selected countries. Data visualization submissions should include a short description (less than 100 words) of the visualization and include a reference to the datasets and years incorporated. Participants are free to use any program they would like to develop the visualization, but are asked to submit the code used to develop the visualization. Selection of the winner will take into account the quality of the visual storytelling, the technical skill of the visualization, and the number of years and number of countries incorporated into the visualization.

Participants can gain access to all datasets through the Gateway to Global Aging Data Downloads page. Registration is required for each survey prior to data downloads. Participants can register for multiple studies through the link at the top of the Gateway Downloads page, or individually through the study’s website, which can be found in the “Links to Download Survey Data” row. Select the link from the “Download Harmonized Dataset” row to gain access to the harmonized datasets, which are generally distributed in Stata, SAS, and SPSS datafiles. For SHARE, KLoSA, and the most recent version of ELSA, harmonized datasets can be created by downloading the survey data from the top row and the Stata Creation Code from the bottom row, and running the creation code after adjusting the folder locations for your computer.

Assistance

The Gateway to Global Aging Data team will be available to assist participants in getting access to the Harmonized data or in clarification of the rules. Data will not be distributed to any individual participants, participants must obtain all data through the Gateway to Global Aging Data website. No intermediate feedback or evaluation of submissions will be offered.

Rules
  • The competition is open to individual USC undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Group submissions are not permitted.
  • The Gateway to Global Aging Data team reserves the right to limit the number of contestants and close registration at any point to ensure adequate time for review and voting.
  • All submissions must be based on data from Harmonized datasets.
  • Contestants must deliver submissions to the Gateway to Global Aging Data team at competition@g2aging.org from student’s official USC email address in Portable Document Format (PDF) or Microsoft Word (DOCX) format.
  • Submissions must include the code used to develop the visualization. Please reference the competition name [Gateway Data Visualization Competition] in the subject of your email submission.
  • All submissions must be submitted by Friday, November 1st at 5:00pm.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 12th.
Award

The winner for Best Data Visualization will be awarded with a $200 Amazon gift card.