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Data / Information Visualization ToolsBrief DescriptionWhen to useHow to useTools to useVisualizing development data (development related statistics)data_visualization_toolsData visualization toolsInfographicsFlow charts/diagrams/organizational charts drawing toolsdata_visualization_toolsWord cloudsTimeline drawing toolsMind mapping/drawing toolsNetwork mapping/analysis/visualization toolsdata_visualization_toolsRelated Methods / Tools / PracticesTips and Lessons LearntExamples & StoriesMore Information/References/Related ResourcesWho can tell me more?TagsPhoto or image creditsPage Authors and EditorsData Visualization
Creating visualizations of data can offer another way of communicating and sharing that data with others. Visuals can stimulate conversation and meaning making around data that is different from simply presenting the textual or numerical data. This is especially important when working across cultures and languages. Please note that visuals carry as much cultural connotation than any other communication form, so this does not mean that a visual will necessarily have a universal interpretation!
Data visualization closely relates to information graphics (infographics). Even if these terms are often used interchangeably, it is possible to identify some differences between the two.
According to a recent article from Idealware, “data visualizations take complex sets of data and display them in a graphical interface – for example, in a chart or on a map – which allows the user to gain deeper insight into patterns and trends. Infographics use data visualizations in concert with text and other tactics to tell a story, make a point or communicate a concept.
However, both allow to make a different use of the data you have available and transform them into a compelling presentation or powerful story. These types of products are highly share-able on social media channels and social networks and, when well done, they can give more mileage to your content.
The practical use differs very much according to the tool you are using; some applications are web based only while other can be downloaded on your own laptop.
Many different tools can be grouped under the heading of data and information visualization. In the list below, we try to organiza the tools according to the contebt object we can produce, or the type of data and information visualized.