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Tools on the Web
There are a number of free and fee-based visualization tools on the web. What you'll find on this page is just a sampling of what's out there!
Explore more tools here and here.
Select a visual theme template (vheme), or start from scratch to create your own infographic. This tool is best for those who want to share ideas visually but don't want to rely too heavily on data.
Use Wordle to craft word clouds. Great for teaching and presentations!
Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards
The Information is Beautiful Awards aim to celebrate excellence and beauty in data visualizations, infographics and information art. Check out these stunning visualizations on a variety of topics including Internet censorship, symphonic complexities, and war casualties.
Information is Beautiful
This site provides countless visualizations on a variety of topics including climate, health, food, music, people, and more. Access and download data available in a Google Doc.
Explore global data and macro-trends through interactive, time-based maps and graphs. Covers major aspects of global development such as: Environment, Health, Energy, Gender, Economy, Demography and Governance. Data is downloadable, and user can also access lesson plans, videos, and more.
This tool allows you to create and customize scatter, line, bar, area, error bar, heatmap, box, and histogram visualizations using your own data. You can then export and share your creations.
So easy and so much fun! Upload and edit data to create quick and attractive infographics for presentations. Add images or video and annotate before downloading, sharing, or embedding.
Upload your data to create infographics, reports, posters, and presentations. Paid accounts are available, but you can publish and share your creations for free. Presentation mode is also available free of charge.
Created by IBM, Many Eyes allows you to browse for visualizations and datasets. In addition, you can also create and publish visualizations using your own or existing datasets. Many Eyes provides a number of visualization types including scatterplots, matrix charts, network diagrams, block histograms, treemaps, word clouds, and more.
Very helpful tool to help you determine the type of chart to meet your communication needs! Download chart templates for Excel or PowerPoint or browse their gallery of gorgeous visualizations.
Download this free tool to create, embed, and share interactive graphs, dashboards, maps, and tables using your own data. For inspiration, check out the site's gallery of visualizations on a variety of topics such as sports, social media, and government. Professional and personal editions of the product are available for purchase.
The World Bank: Data
Graph, map and compare global development data on a variety of countries, topics, and indicators. Users can access datasets, tables, maps, charts, and more. A very rich site with endless possibilities for data visualization!
State of Colorado Demography Units Mapping Section
Hosted by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, this site provides a variety of thematic PDF maps, interactive web maps and data visualizations, and downloadable GIS data (shp, csv, and kmz). Links to additional census and GIS resources.
Census Data Visualization Gallery
Explore interactive visualizations here. Topics include population, income, occupation, and more. Share visualizations on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
Explore how laws are made in Congress with this interactive visual tool. Explore trends or search for specific bills or resolutions.
A web-based information service about Swedish government aid, this site provides interactive charts and graphs detailing aid direction, implementation, and use.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Explore global health trends through a variety of interactive visualizations including charts, maps, diagrams, and more. Share these easy-to-use visualizations via e-mail or social media.
Google Public Data Explorer
Visualize world data from a variety of providers including World Bank, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Destatis, and more. Share or embed dynamic charts, graphs, and maps. You can also upload and publish your own data.
Google Ngram Viewer
This tool searches Google Books to produce charts that display the frequency of use of phrases or words beginning in 1500. Embed, share, or Tweet these charts.
Google Charts API
Use Google's Code Playground to create a variety of chart types for your own web pages.
While DU's Center for Data Analysis and Information Visualization is no longer in operation, you can contact Meg Eastwood, the Science and Engineering Reference Librarian, for basic advice on data visualization.