Most Useful Tools for Data Visualization
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Visual.ly is a combined gallery and infographic generation tool. It offers a simple toolset for building stunning data representations, as well as a platform to share your creations. This goes beyond pure data visualisation, but if you want to create something that stands on its own, it’s a fantastic resource and an info-junkie’s dream come true!
Dipity allows you to create rich interactive timelines and embed them on your website. It offers a free version and a premium product, with the usual restrictions and limitations present. The timelines it outputs are beautiful and fully customisable, and are very easy to embed directly into your page.
Raw is a free and open source web application for visualizing data flexibly and as easy as possible. It actually defines itself as “the missing link between spreadsheet applications and vector graphics editors”. The application works by loading a dataset by copy-posting or drag ‘n’ dropping and allows us to customize the view/hierarchy. Raw is based on the popular D3.js and supports lots of different chart types like bubble, treemap, circle packing and more. Installing Raw is pretty straightforward as everything works client-side.
The iCharts service provides a hosted solution for creating and presenting compelling charts for inclusion on your website. There are many different chart types available, and each is fully customisable to suit the subject matter and colour scheme of your site.
Smoothie Charts is a really small charting library designed for live streaming data. Joe Walnes wanted to show real time streaming data pushed over a WebSocket. Although many of the charting libraries allow you to dynamically update data, none have really been optimized for a constant stream of data. Smoothie Charts only works on Chrome and Safari. And it doesn’t support legends. Or pie-charts. In fact, it’s inferior in virtually every way to a library like Flot. But, it’s very good at displaying streaming data.
BirdEye is the Declarative Visual Analytics Library. It is a community project to advance the design and development of a comprehensive open-source information visualization and visual analytics library for Adobe Flex. The action script-based library enables users to create multi-dimensional data visualization interfaces for the analysis and presentation of information.
Gephi is an interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs. Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Gephi is open-source and free.
JpGraph is an Object-Oriented Graph creating library for PHP >= 5.1 The library is completely written in PHP and ready to be used in any PHP scripts (both CGI/APXS/CLI versions of PHP are supported).
Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.
Quadrigram unique toolkit for exploring, analyzing, and visualizing data.