8th International Biocuration Conference. Beijing, China. April 23-26, 2015. Workshop 2: Data Visualization and Annotation. Chairs: Rama Balakrishnan, Stanford University, USA and Monica Munoz-Torres, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA Explaining the most intricate biological processes often requires a degree of detail beyond the scope of equations and algorithms; in fact, most biological knowledge is represented visually as illustrations, graphs, and diagrams. Genomics data in particular require specialized forms of visualization to improve our understanding and increase our chances of extracting meaningful conclusions from our analyses. Furthermore, the heterogeneity and abundance of genomic data include widely varied sources, techniques for their obtention, and intrinsic experimental error. And even data obtained under similar conditions from two or more individuals are loaded with biological variation. So what is the best way to interpret the stories the data are telling us? Given the questions we wish to answer and the data we are generating, which tools would be most useful and effective? In this workshop we will explore the tools available for human interpretation of genomic data, specifically in the context of annotation. Presentations and perspectives, panelists/presenters: - Lorna Richardson, IGMM, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Justyna Szostak, PMI Research & Development, Switzerland The workshop included a brief introduction to a landscape of tools available - as updated as the constantly changing field allows-, brief presentations chosen from abstract submissions and invited speakers, as well as ample discussion to capture the contributions and questions from attendants. In the end, we hope participants walked away with a toolset in hand that may benefit the progress of their own research.