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What is Data Visualization?
The most brief definition of data visualization is anything that converts data sources into a visual representation for the purpose of sense-making and communicating clearly and effectively. Sometimes data visualization also integrates analyzing data, which is usually called visual analytics.
Visualization By Type
There are different categories of visualization:
- By purpose: explanation, exploration
- By presentation tools: Infographics, Timelines, Story Maps, Word Clouds, Charts and Graphs, Mapping, Images / videos
- By dimension: 1D, 2D, 3D/Volumetric
- By structure: network, tree structure /hierarchical , temporal, spatial
If you are using one of these tools and run into trouble, there are a few places you can go for assistance.
- YouTube (There are many projects of each and everyone of them. Short videos about specific tasks.)
- Lynda.com (Log in with your GT ID and password. Some more challenged tools have systematic instruction on there.)
- Contact your librarian.
Data Visualization Specialist