Data Visualization

Presentation given to Library staff, August 2016, including annotated bibliography

Understanding Data Visualizations

Visualizing Real-Time Data

Suggested Twitter Feeds to Follow

Data Visualization in the News

Articles Worth Reading

Websites of Interest

Free Tools to Get You Started Creating Your Own Visualizations

  • Canva Graph Maker (variety of graphing styles and presentation concepts)
  • Datawrapper (standard visualizations, some interaction; copy/paste simple charts or upload .CSV files)
  • (for manually creating flowcharts and static diagrams)
  • Gapminder (creates animated bubble charts/maps over time; limited to data on website: from a variety of international organizations)
  • Google Fusion Tables (produces various maps and charts; can upload own data, merge data sets)
  • (can produce many charts/infographics and make public or embed; download requires purchase; can upload .CSV or .XLS files)
  • RAW (copy data from a spreadsheet or delimiter-separated values file to produce a variety of static vector graphics)
  • Tableau Public (tell stories with data on the web)
    Free download for students here. Need instructions? Check Youtube videos on how to use Tableau.
  • Wordle (generates word clouds, can modify colour/layout/font)
  • Word Tree (graphical representation of text, focused on keywords)

Other Tools and Resources to Explore for Creating Visualizations

Tools for Scraping/Cleaning Data

Examples of Data Visualization

MacOdrum Library's Data Centre

  • The Data Centre provides quantitative research data from various disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and life sciences

Additional Data Resources

Requesting Data from Various Governments


Online Mapping Tools

  • Online Mapping Tools (library help guide with an overview and multiple mapping tool options)
  • CARTO (a cloud-based solution for all your mapping needs)
  • Leaflet (open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps)
  • Polymaps (free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps in modern web browser)
  • QGIS (desktop software to create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information)

Visualizing the Earth in Two Dimensions


Content last reviewed: February 5, 2021