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Fun tools: Data visualization

Posted by Megan on November 19, 2009

The internet is awash in quick and interesting tools for visualizing data.

Here are some recent finds:

1. Many Eyes
Data visualisation tools from IBM that allows users to upload data and then produce graphic representations. The site has a social element, as users can share datasets and visualizations and comment on others’ work.

2. Gapminder
“Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.” Check out the videos to see some truly amazing presentations. Recently purchased by Google.

(Hat tip to Rex Brynen!)

3. World Bank Data Visualizer
Animated graphs and charts of a subset of the 2009 World Development Indicators database. It contains 49 indicators for 209 countries and 18 aggregates from 1960-2007.

An interesting post on the Resource Shelf blog highlights a few others to try:

1. Visualization Complexity
A catalogue of data visualizations. “VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks.”

2. Muckety
Creates maps of the relationships between people, companies and stories. Mostly American focus.

3. NNDB Mapper
Another site that graphs connections between people. Currently 34,000 individuals are included (again, mostly Americans).

4. The SmartMoney Map of the [Stock] Market

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