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not a single tool, but rather a technique which can involve a whole variety of different
Data visualisation involves displaying data sets in visual formats, which are sometime
(such as images, charts or
, which typically combine text and images) and sometimes
(such as video or interactive animations).
The aim is to reveal patterns, or highlight patterns, by presenting the data in particular ways. This is important because of the growing use of infographics, especially in the media, to communicate key information quickly in an easily comprehensible format.
For ideas on the kinds of data visualisations it's possible to create, take a look at the infographic
A Periodic Table of Vizualization Methods
. For guidance on infographics, see the infographic entitled
The Anatomy of a Great Infographic
While creating data visualisations traditionally required sophisticated technical skills, tools are now appearing which make it possible for non-specialists to create them. The key options are:
A good place to find infographics on a wide range of topics, some of which might serve as good stimulus materials for lessons, is the Mashable
on Pinterest. F
or data visualisations based on Australian government data released under a Creative Commons licence, see
Services which provide large data sets, along with templates that can be used to create specific visualisations of the data, include
Better World Flux
Ngram Book Viewer
Public Data Explorer
. Australian students might like to view their own demographic profiles on the
Services which provide templates into which you can insert your own selected data include
Alternatively, you can make use of the templates on more generic design platforms like
More options are listed in MakeUseOf's
10 Awesome Tools to Make Infographics
, The Edublogger's
The Educators' Guide to Infographics
, and Jeff Bullas'
20 Cool Tools for Creating Infographics
, as well as in the
list on the
page on this wiki.
Sophisticated examples of data visualisations include static images such as the
Egypt Influence Network
US Recorded Music Revenue
(2011), dynamic videos such as
24 hrs of World Air Traffic compressed into 1 minute
Pulse of the Nation: U.S. Mood Throughout the Day inferred from Twitter
(2010) (also embedded below), as well as
Anthem for Dissent: A Time-Lapse of Every Nuclear Explosion since 1945
9 Animated Maps that Will Change the Way You See the World
(2016). Interactive visualisations include
The Path of Protest
(The Guardian, 2012).
For examples of data visualisations based on Facebook and LinkedIn, see the
page of this wiki. For an example of a data visualisation based on Twitter, see the
page of this wiki.
is a search engine devoted to finding infographics.
The image above left, which shows a Processing data visualisation, is available under a
Creative Commons licence
Karsten Kessler's photostream
; the original can be found
. I owe t
he ABS Spotlight link to Bree Chamberlain, the Anatomy of a Great Infographic link to Rhys George and the Arab Spring link to Curtis Bonk.
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