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Data visualization is the study of the visual representation of data, meaning "information that has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information" (wikipedia).
Creately is a ‘diagramming’ tool, which can help you to wireframe an infographic before putting it into production. It includes a new real-time collaboration feature, allowing you to work on a design with a colleague or client simultaneously.
StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events.
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.
Time Line JS
TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines.
If you are in need of an infographic rather than a data visualisation, there is a new crop of tools out there to help. Visual.ly is probably the most popular of these. Although primarily an online marketplace for infographic designers, its Create option lets you pick a template, connect it to your Facebook or Twitter account and get some nice cartoon graphics back.
Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment. It is a scholarly project that is designed to facilitate reading and interpretive practices for digital humanities students and scholars as well as for the general public.
We recommend the following software for those working with data:
For making tables and graphs
- Excel (available on public computers, Windows and Macintosh)
For statistical analyses
- SPSS (available on all public computers, Windows and Macintosh)
- Stata (available on all public computers, Windows)
- JASP (open source alternative to SPSS)
- ArcGIS (available on all public computers, Windows)
- Atlas.ti (available in the B-Level computer labs in the LITC)