Friday, August 30, 2013

Data link roundup - visualize it (week of August 30, 2013)

The week's top data analysis links...
This week's theme: data visualization (overused term, but an important concept)


VISUALIZATION TOOLS

Over the past few weeks I've been working on data visualizations for a project at my day job. For prior projects, I had been using the "motion charts" Google gadget to make interactive graphics, but that tool (sadly) has been disabled.

In my search for a replacement, I learned about a wide variety of free online data visualization tools. A few resources worth noting are: Weave, Tableau, and Datawrapper. All three allow users to develop interactive charts and graphs. Tableau and Weave also offer mapping capabilities.

And if those options still don't fit your needs, try this directory of about a dozen other tools worth further exploration.


VISUAL EXPLORATION OF DATA

Sinan Aral's article in Harvard Business Review explains how the New York Times uses visual representations of data to understand patterns that a simple table might not illuminate...



BEST CHART OF THE WEEK

I'm a fan of images that convey a wealth of information with a simple concept. Population-adjusted country size maps, when done well, can do just that...

Source: Gizmodo


2 comments:

  1. Ms. Jarosz,

    There is one more service that can be used for data visualization - it is Knoema (www.knoema.com).

    Knoema provides users with the opportunity to create interactive maps using system datasets or private data that can be uploaded in most typical formats. And not only maps by the way, but graphs, rankings, treemaps etc. It takes couple of minutes to create informative and beautiful dashboards.
    And it's free of charge.

    Please take a look at our library of ready to use visualizations knoema.com/gallery.

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