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A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools

A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools

When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations. To help you get started, we have put together a selection of the tools we use the most and that we enjoy working with. Read more

Pathline: Connecting Designers With Scientists

Pathline: Connecting Designers With Scientists Pathline: Connecting Designers With Scientists

We recently attended an interdisciplinary visualization workshop that was all about creating a dialogue between scientists, technologists and designers. It was interesting to discuss the different ways in which these groups think about visualization and how they use it for different purposes. Very bluntly put, each group lacks something another group knows and cares deeply […] Read more

New Maps for the Web by Stamen

New Maps for the Web by Stamen New Maps for the Web by Stamen

I just left the Stamen studio where I had a brief chat with founder and CEO Eric Rodenbeck. He enthusiastically showed me their newest work: maps.stamen.com. Read more

The Visualizing Player

The Visualizing Player The Visualizing Player

Visualizing.org launched their brand new Visualizing Player, a terrific tool for embedding interactive and static data visualizations. Read more

Working with Data in Protovis

Working with Data in Protovis Working with Data in Protovis

Protovis is an open-source visualization library by the Stanford Visualization Group and has become one of the preferred tools in our arsenal. If you want to get started with the popular toolkit too, Jerome Cukier has a comprehensive tutorial about how to work with data in Protovis. Read more

The Google Books Ngram Viewer

The Google Books Ngram Viewer The Google Books Ngram Viewer

The Google Books Ngram Viewer shows the power of visualization: instead of offering a huge but abstract data set, Google created a simple visualization tool that shows the data and makes it easily queryable. Read more

Polymaps

Polymaps Polymaps

Polymaps is a free, open-source JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps. It is the result of a collaboration between Stamen Design and SimpleGeo. Read more

Swivel Review – A Guest Post on Information Aesthetics

Swivel Review – A Guest Post on Information Aesthetics Swivel Review – A Guest Post on Information Aesthetics

Together with Kim Rees from Periscopic I have reviewed the social data visualization application Swivel. Swivel is a simple to use web application that lets you visualize public or private data sets and collaborate openly or in closed user groups. Read more

Visualize Data in HTML5 with HumbleFinance

Visualize Data in HTML5 with HumbleFinance Visualize Data in HTML5 with HumbleFinance

Humble software development released a new visualization library called HumbleFinance. It is inspired by the Domestic Trends visualization of Google Finance, but uses pure JavaScript instead of Flash to display the data. Read more

Google Public Data Explorer

Google Public Data Explorer Google Public Data Explorer

On its trail to organize the world’s information, Google has just added a new experimental product to their Lab. The Public Data Explorer makes “large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate”. It is designed to help people comprehend data and statistics through rich visualizations. Read more

Publish Your Visualized Data With Tableau Public

Publish Your Visualized Data With Tableau Public Publish Your Visualized Data With Tableau Public

Tableau Software today launched a new product that brings public data to life on the web. Tableau Public lets anyone who posts content to the web easily create interactive visualizations and publish them online. How it works Tableau Public is a freely available desktop application and can be downloaded from the Tableau.com website. The data […] Read more

Stunning Examples of Data Visualization in Google Earth

Stunning Examples of Data Visualization in Google Earth Stunning Examples of Data Visualization in Google Earth

The Google Earth blog recently posted some examples of how well Google Earth can be used as a scientific visualization platform. The examples are posted by Thijs Damsma from the OpenEarth Initiative. Read more

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To successfully visualize your ideas you need adequate tools. Pencil and paper for basic ideas. Pixel or Vector graphics for more precision. Scripting languages for interactive visualizations. Serverside data processing for dynamic or real-time visualizations. To give you an overview over the best tools available we introduce libraries, applications, web services and so on.

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