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Research Data Management: Data visualization

This guide provides information on processes, procedures and policies with Regards to Research Data Management (RDM) and lists some tools and resources that support RDM.

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Data Visualization defined

Data visualization methods represent data in a visually appealing manner allowing readers to understanding the meaning behind the data more easily and quickly. Data visualization is essentially a story-telling method for data normally represented in rows and columns.

Benefits of Data Visualization.

  • Identify Trends Faster - Human communication is visual as the human brain processes graphics faster than text. 
  • Identify Relationships More Effectively - Identify how daily operations affect goals over time.
  • Useful Data Storytelling - Promote better understanding of the data by presenting multiple viewpoints.
  • Simplify Complex Data - Filtering and zooming controls can help untangle large datasets, and can help users glean better insights.


The beauty of data visualization

Data Visualization Tools

Google Data Studio -  is an online tool for converting data into customizable informative reports and dashboards.

plotly - Web based interface for creating graphics. The community version is free.

Gephi - Free tool for creating network visualization

Canva - Online graphic design template that includes infographics

Datawrapper - Free online tool used to create charts and maps

RAW Graphs - Online platform to create visualization based on the type of data.

Excel data analysis - data visualization

Tableau Public - is data visualization software largely for business intelligence and analytics

Word Cloud tools (free) - List of free word cloud creators

What is geospatial data?

What is Geographic Information Systems (GIS)?


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