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Data Visualization



Tools and resources for visualizing data focusing on open access software and data sources

Visualizing Data

Presenting data in a visual way can help others to better understand its meaning. You can make a visualization that is as simple as a pie chart or a timeline, or you can use programming languages to create something multivariate, complex, and interactive. This guide provides links to resources that can help you to create your own visualization.

Data visualization is usually one of three types:

  • Scientific visualization: these tend to be scientific data that is tied to real-world objects with spatial properties. For example, these visualizations include modeling air flow over an airplane. Scientific fields often have specific ways for doing these types of visualizations.
  • Information visualization: these tend to be charts and graphs but also include other visual and spatial representations.
  • Infographic: a specific sort of visualization that combines information visualization with narrative.

The Beauty of Data Visualization


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