How to Master Data Visualization

Strategy & Tools for Data Visualization

Data Visualization

Data visualization is the study of the visual representation of data, meaning “information which has been abstracted in some schematic form, including attributes or variables for the units of information”.  According to Friedman (2008) the “main goal of data visualization is to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means. It doesn’t mean that data visualization needs to look boring to be functional or extremely sophisticated to look beautiful.

Data Visualization Strategy

Edward Tufte @EdwardTufte delivered a great presentation about data visualization strategy for the star studded Tech@State event audience.   Tech@State ( @techATstate ) connects tech innovators and those interested in diplomacy and development to enable 21st century statecraft by improving education, health and welfare of the world’s population.   The Edward Tufte: Beautiful Evidence (Highlights) video is available here. Edward Tufte’s complete data visualization strategy presentation video is available here, his presentation begins at 14:24.

If your display isn’t worth 1000 words, to hell with it – @EdwardTufte

Data Visualization Tools & Services

Google Data Visualization Services

Google Data Visualization Service provides a variety of charts that are optimized to address your data visualization needs. These charts are based on pure HTML5/SVG technology (adopting VML for old IE versions), so no plugins are required.

Sencha ExtJS Data Visualization Tools

It has always been hard to draw things in web applications. HTML is really not cut out for creating charts and other richly interactive imagery, but Sencha ExtJS 4 supports data visualizations HTML applications. Typically this need has been met with Adobe Flash, but this gave Sencha two problems: most people like writing code in JavaScript, and Flash isn’t available on all devices. The ExtJS 4 solution to these problems is a pure-JavaScript drawing library that can create incredibly rich charting and graphics. It works everywhere – from IE6 to iOS – and will also be available as an add-on for Sencha Touch (mobile).

Highcharts Data Visualization Tools

Highcharts is a charting library written in pure JavaScript, offering intuitive, interactive charts to your web site or web application. Highcharts currently supports line, spline, area, areaspline, column, bar, pie and scatter chart types.  You can also you create stock or general timeline charts in pure JavaScript, including sophisticated navigation options like a small navigator series, preset date ranges, date picker, scrolling and panning with Highstock.

Current Data Visualization Twitter Game Board

Diversity fuels innovation. Sports fanatics have their fantasy football teams. This is my fantasy innovation team. This Data Visualization twitter game board represents people focused on sharing ideas about how to make data make sense.

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Mr. Hudson is an emerging technologies consultant working in the Washington DC area. He has over 10 years experience at leveraging and integrating technologies in new ways to help people and organizations meet their objectives and achieve their goals.
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2 Responses to How to Master Data Visualization

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  2. A good list of some of the javascript graphing libraries around. There is so much more to explore with these and other libraries. The following library contains many tutorials that take the developer through step by step guides in connecting the front end libraries with backend data sources:-

    Active Graphs and Charts

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