Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DailyTekk: Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized)

From DailyTekk: Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized)
February 27, 2012
 I love a good infographic! After all, knowledge is power and the visualization of data makes absorbing information all the easier. Well-designed infographics have a way of pulling me into a subject I’d normally never care to know about. As a designer I can attest to the crazy amount of time it takes to make a compelling, useful infographic. I have to say I knew about many of the great links, resources and tools I’ve linked to here on this post before but I dug deep and found some new and exciting infographic tools that I’m willing to bet you haven’t seen before. Items 1-5 under the Data Visualization Tools and Software category are sufficiently capable of arming even a novice designer with the ability to produce a powerful infographic (though I’m sure experts will find them handy as well). In short, if you love infographics, data visualization and information design as much as I do, you’re going to love this post. As always, leave me a comment with your thoughts and suggestions!
Like this post? We’ve got a whole category dedicated to Top 100 lists!

Data Sources

  1. DataMarket  – Find and understand data.
  2. WorldMap  – Explore, visualize and publish geographic information.
  3. Influence Explorer  – Provides overviews of political influence data for politicians.
  4. US Census Bureau  – Measures America (people, places, economy).
  5. Freebase  – An entity graph of people, places and things from Google.
  6. World Bank Data  – The world at a glance (key development indicators).
  7. Data360  – Telling compelling and data-driven stories.
  8. Number Of  – You ask, they count.
  9. Gallup  – Public opinion polls.
  10. EveryBlock  – Uncovers info on large cities contained in government databases.
  11. Daytum  – Helps you collect, organize and communicate your everyday data.
  12. Google Public Data  - Filter and animate data sets from around the world.
  13. Gapminder  - Displays time series of development statistics for all countries.
  14. Munterbund  - Graphical visualization of text similarities in essays.

Monday, February 27, 2012

DataDrivenJournalism - Always walk before you run: Datawrapper breaks down barriers in visualising and publishing data

Always walk before you run: Datawrapper breaks down barriers in visualising and publishing data

There are many tools available to turn data into graphics, whether you want to show trends or explain and improve the understanding of complex issues. Not many of these tools are designed to respond to the specific needs of journalists who work on a deadline and are not trained as visual designers. The recently launched data visualisation tool Datawrapper aims to meet these needs.
Datawrapper is built by journalists for journalists. It was created by Mirko Lorenz and Nicolas Kayser-Bril for ABZV, a German training institution for newspaper journalists. It is available in German, English and French. The website received over 3.000 visitors in the first two days alone and newspapers have already started to use the tool.
With the first beta version of this open source tool, users can register for free, copy-paste their data into the platform, create simple, static charts in no time and embed them in their articles. The types of charts available at the moment are: Line, Bar, Pie, Table and Streamgraph. All charts created with the tool link to the data source so that anyone can download and further explore the data used to generate the chart, as you can see below:

COMPUTERWORLD: 22 free tools for data visualization and analysis

Image gallery: 22 free tools for data visualization and analysis

April 20, 2011 06:00 AM ET
This image gallery accompanies our story 22 free tools for data visualization and analysis. Click through to that story for the full review.
Features of 22 free data visualization and analysis tools: You can sort this chart by clicking on any column header once to sort in ascending order and a second time to sort by descending (browser JavaScript required).
Skill levels are represented as numbers from easiest to most difficult to learn and use:
  1. Users who are comfortable with basic spreadsheet tasks
  2. Users who are technically proficient enough not to be frightened off by spending a couple of hours learning a new application
  3. Power users
  4. Users with coding experience or specialized knowledge in a field like GIS or network analysis.     Next page

Data visualization and analysis tools



Data stored
or processed
Designed for
Web publishing?
Data WranglerData cleaningNoNoBrowser2External serverNo
Google RefineData cleaningNoNoBrowser2LocalNo
R ProjectStatistical analysisYesWith pluginLinux, Mac OS X, Unix, Windows XP or later4LocalNo
Google Fusion TablesVisualization app/serviceYesYesBrowser1External serverYes
ImpureVisualization app/serviceYesNoBrowser3VariesYes
Many EyesVisualization app/serviceYesLimitedBrowser1Public external serverYes
Tableau PublicVisualization app/serviceYesYesWindows3Public external serverYes
VIDIVisualization app/serviceYesYesBrowser1External serverYes
Zoho ReportsVisualization app/serviceYesNoBrowser2External serverYes
ChooselFrameworkYesYesChrome, Firefox, Safari4Local or external serverNot yet
ExhibitLibraryYesYesCode editor and browser4Local or external serverYes
Google Chart ToolsLibrary and Visualization app/serviceYesYesCode editor and browser2Local or external serverYes
JavaScript InfoVis ToolkitLibraryYesNoCode editor and browser4Local or external serverYes
ProtovisLibraryYesYesCode editor and browser4Local or external serverYes
Quantum GIS (QGIS)GIS/mapping: DesktopNoYesLinux, Unix, Mac OS X, Windows4LocalWith plugin
OpenHeatMapGIS/mapping: WebNoYesBrowser1External serverYes
OpenLayersGIS/mapping: Web, LibraryNoYesCode editor and browser4local or external serverYes
OpenStreetMapGIS/mapping: WebNoYesBrowser or desktops running Java3Local or external serverYes
TimeFlowTemporal data analysisNoNoDesktops running Java1LocalNo
IBM Word-Cloud GeneratorWord cloudsNoNoDesktops running Java2LocalAs image
GephiNetwork analysisNoNoDesktops running Java4LocalAs image
NodeXLNetwork analysisNoNoExcel 2007 and 2010 on Windows4LocalAs image