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Data Visualization Tools
The tool list below offers resources with at least some free functionality which you can use to create the visualizations necessary to answer your research questions. This is not an exclusive list, nor does the presence of the tool on this list indicate a requirement that your team use it. This is a reference list only.
If a tool requires an account, it will be noted with an A.
If a tool requires a subscription for some or all functionality, it will be noted with an S.
“Circos is a software package for visualizing data and information. It visualizes data in a circular layout — this makes Circos ideal for exploring relationships between objects or positions. There are other reasons why a circular layout is advantageous, not the least being the fact that it is attractive.”
“An open source tool helping anyone to create simple, correct and embeddable charts in minutes.” A
Powerful and simple to use online tools that create a variety of charts. Results are stored on Google Drive. A
Google Fusion Tables
“Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share larger data tables.”
Create publication quality infographics on the web. A
“Knoema is a knowledge platform. The basic idea is to connect data with analytical and presentation tools. As a result, we end with one uniformed platform for users to access, present and share data-driven content.
Within Knoema, we capture most aspects of a typical data use cycle: accessing data from multiple sources, bringing relevant indicators into a common space, visualizing figures, applying analytical functions, creating a set of dashboards, and presenting the outcome.” A
Mr. Data Converter
Online tool to transfer .csv files into webfriendly formats such as JSON, HTML, Python, and Ruby.
Turn your spreadsheet into a map.
Create infographic using templates designed by graphic designers and publish them on the web or in print. A, S
A full statistical analysis tool plus data visualization. You can upload three data sources for free during the beta pilot. https://plot.ly/#more A,S
R Project for Statistical Computing
The most comprehensive, most powerful statistical package available today. It is also an extremely steep learning curve. If you have already used it for class, you may want to see what you can do. If you have not used this before, be aware that this will be extremely challenging. This is used for many graduate programs in the social, life, and physical sciences.
Tableau Public is a free service that lets anyone publish interactive data to the web. Once on the web, anyone can interact with the data, download it, or create their own visualizations of it. No programming skills are required. Be sure to look at the gallery to see some of the things people have been doing with it. A,S
Watson Analytics offers you the benefits of
advanced analytics without the complexity. A smart data discovery service
available on the cloud, it guides data exploration, automates predictive analytics,
and makes it easy to create dashboards and infographics. A, S