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Data Visualization Basics

Two reasons for data visualization:

  1. Data Analysis

  2. Communicating and Story Telling

Links from a Previously Held Workshop on Data Visualization:

More Online Tools

Tableau Public (free) and see Tom Newman's workbook examples

Common Charts


Map Visualizations

Word Clouds

Gantt charts

  • dhtmlxGantt

  • Excel 2013 Gantt Project Planner Template

  • Google Sheet: Search Grant Chart Template


Color Tools

Citation Visualization


Two options for a checklist for your visualization to help make sure it is communicating that data you want it to: