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77 Data Visualization Tools

Greetings!  Below is a table that was compiled by pulling together approximately 15 lists and tables from the net, focused on data and data visualization.   Roughly 400 references.  My sincere thanks to the people who compiled and shared the information in various communities - and of course to the authors of the tools for creating them!

Methodology:

  • First step was to compile, in one place, a SUPERSET of tools cited by various communities.    
  • Some early filtering has been done. I have removed duplicates.  I have also removed hyper specific visualizations (like music playlists), and sites no longer functioning (e.g. twitter sources)
  • Later, as document evolves, I will be going deeper into the tools (especially ones i've not used before) to provide a little more information on them.  
  • Will also will be soliciting comments and feedback from community - for example, if I've missed any key tools, or if the rating or description is not correct.

I hope you find this helpful - please ping me if any suggestions for improvements.  Cheers! Ryan

 
NameTypeFirst pass rateDescriptionURL
Mr. Data ConverterData HandleaData Conversion Tool – very versatilehttp://shancarter.github.io/mr-data-converter/
D3VizaMassive resource set for visualizing data JavaScripthttp://d3js.org/
ExcelVizaIt's Excel.http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/
Google ChartsVizaSimple Charts from Googlehttps://developers.google.com/chart/
Google Fusion TablesVizaCollaborate, visualize and share. (Experimental).http://www.google.com/drive/apps.html#fusiontables
PeityVizasimple jQuery plugin converts element's content into a simple minihttp://benpickles.github.io/peity/
Google Public Data ExplorerDatabGood data source for publichttp://www.google.com/publicdata/directory
DataWranglerData HandlebTool to clean and transform data (preparation)http://vis.stanford.edu/wrangler/
Open Refine / Google RefineData-CleanerbOpen source. Great for cleaning up messy datahttp://openrefine.org/
Color BrewerMapbColorful and informative mapshttp://colorbrewer2.org/
Open Heat MapMapbSpreadsheets > Mapshttp://www.openheatmap.com/
R Programming LanguageMultiplebR is powerful platform, community, with 'basic' quality vizhttp://www.r-project.org/
Chart.jsVizbobject oriented client side graphs http://www.chartjs.org/
CircosVizbvisualizing data in circular layouthttp://circos.ca/
DipityVizbData organized by time, timeline, visualhttp://www.dipity.com/
FlareVizbActionScript library for creating visualizations in Adobe Flashhttp://flare.prefuse.org/
FlotVizbFlot is a pure JavaScript plotting library for jQueryhttp://www.flotcharts.org/
Here is TodayVizbNiche. Shows scale of timehttp://visual.ly/here-today
HighchartsVizbcharting library written in pure HTML5/JavaScript. Freemiumhttp://www.highcharts.com/
iChartsVizbArtistic Viz.http://www.icharts.net/
Infogr.amVizbInfographics Engine. Freemiumhttp://infogr.am/
Many EyesVizbViz from IBM. Getting dated.http://www-958.ibm.com/software/analytics/manyeyes/
RaphaelVizb small JavaScript librarhttp://raphaeljs.com/
RickshawVizbJavaScript toolkit for creating interactive time series graphs.http://code.shutterstock.com/rickshaw/
Tag GalaxyVizbNiche – but pretty – solar system representation of imageshttp://taggalaxy.de/
TimelineJSVizbTimelines applied to images (carousel)http://timeline.verite.co/
Tableau PublicMultiplecFreemium. Limits on size. OK tool.http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/
Google RipplesVizcSocial Reachhttp://www.google.com/+/business/get-insights.html
InfoVis JSVizctools for creating Interactive Data Visualizations for the Web.http://philogb.github.io/jit/
PrefuseVizcrich interactive data visualizationshttp://prefuse.org/
RSS VoyageVizcRSS Input Vizhttp://rssvoyage.com/
TouchGraphVizcViz. Suite. Might be freemium.http://www.touchgraph.com/navigator
Miso DatasetData Handle JavaScript client-side data transformation /management library. http://misoproject.com/dataset/
WekaData Handle  collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks.http://www.cs.waikato.ac.nz/~ml/weka/
WranglerData Handle Data cleaninghttp://vis.stanford.edu/wrangler/
KartographMap interactive map applications without Google Maps.http://kartograph.org/
LeafletMap Mobile-Friendly Interactive Maps.http://leafletjs.com/
MapBoxMap Custom Mapshttp://www.mapbox.com/
Modest MapsMap small, extensible, and free library for interactive mapshttp://modestmaps.com/
OpenLayersMap Free maps for the webhttp://openlayers.org/
PolymapsMap  free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive mapshttp://polymaps.org/
BalsamiqMockup Tool Rapid wireframing toolhttp://balsamiq.com/
Easel.lyMockup Tool Visual theme creatorhttp://www.easel.ly/
PiktochartMockup Tool Infographics. Freemiumhttp://piktochart.com/
Visual.lyMockup Tool Infographicshttp://visual.ly/
ProcessingMultiple Programming language, dev environment, and online community.http://processing.org/
Arbor.jsViz Graph visualization library using web workers and jQuery (FDG)http://arborjs.org/
AxiisViz Open source data visualization framework - degrafa Adobe Flex.http://www.axiis.org
Better World FluxViz Interactive visualization of info on what really matters in life. http://www.betterworldflux.com/
CartoDBViz Upload and visualize. Freemiumhttp://cartodb.com/
CrossfilterViz Viz for multidimensional multivariate data setshttp://square.github.io/crossfilter/
Cubism.jsViz D3 plugin for visualizing time series.http://square.github.io/cubism/
Dance.jsViz Animated scatterplots, dance of dotshttp://quasipartikel.at/2012/04/25/dancing-with-data/
DegrafaViz declarative graphics framework for Flex.https://code.google.com/p/degrafa/wiki/GettingStarted
EnvisionViz Library for fast HTML5 visualizationshttp://www.humblesoftware.com/envision
ExhibitViz Data rich interactive web pageshttp://www.simile-widgets.org/exhibit/
GephiViz interactive viz for networks, complex systems, hierarchical graphs.https://gephi.org/
JpGraphViz Object-Oriented Graph creating library for PHP >= 5.1http://jpgraph.net/
jQPlotViz plotting & charting plugin for the jQuery Javascript framework.http://www.jqplot.com/
Jquery VisualiseViz fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library.http://jquery.com/
LinkedIN – InMapsViz Network Viz – linkedinhttp://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/
NewsmapViz News visualized to blockshttp://newsmap.jp/
NodeBoxViz Data Tools to integrate with traditional design toolshttp://nodebox.net/
NVD3 jsViz D3 Derivative. Reusable chartshttp://nvd3.org/
Paper.jsViz The Swiss Army Knife of Vector Graphics Scripting.http://paperjs.org/
Recline.jsViz library for building data applications in pure Javascript and HTML.http://reclinejs.com/
Sigma.jsViz Pen-source lightweight JS library draw graphs HTML Canvashttp://sigmajs.org/
Tag CrowdViz Similar to Wordle in many ways. URL input optionhttp://tagcrowd.com/
Time FlowViz Visual timelineshttps://github.com/FlowingMedia/TimeFlow/wiki
TimelineViz Interactive timelineshttp://www.simile-widgets.org/timeline/
Visualize FreeViz Viz for multidimensionalhttp://visualizefree.com/
We Feel FineViz Niche – nice aggregation of many online sources with “feel”http://www.wefeelfine.org/
WolframAlphaViz Viz with data behind ithttp://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/DataInput.html
WordleViz Words to visualshttp://www.wordle.net/
     
CoffeeScriptData Tool  language that compiles into JavaScripthttp://coffeescript.org/
JitterBitMultiple Data integration (pulling it all together)http://www.jitterbit.com/
     
Polychart.jsViz expressive JavaScript graphing library.  wide array of graphicshttp://www.polychartjs.com/
MisoViz open source toolkit - fast creation of high-quality interactive vizhttp://misoproject.com/
DimpleViz tool open up d3 to analysts. gentle learning curvehttp://dimplejs.org/
CodeFlowerViz experiment that visualizes source repositories - interactive tree.http://redotheweb.com/CodeFlower/
Orange  open source Data mining: visual programming or Python scripting.http://orange.biolab.si/
ZingChartViz charting library - charts and graphs in both Flash and HTML5http://www.zingchart.com/#welcome
NetadvantageViz  controls for charts. range of frameworks incl asp.net / silverlighthttp://www.infragistics.com/products/
PivotViewerViz Microsoft Silverlight control to interact with massive data setshttp://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/pivotviewer/
GnuplotViz command-line graphing utility Linux, OS/2, Windows, OSX, VMShttp://www.gnuplot.info/
ProtovisViz Protovis is the predecessor to D3. (available, no longer active)http://mbostock.github.io/protovis/
Vega   visualization grammar, declarative format > sharing visualizationshttp://trifacta.github.io/vega/
Kendo  comprehensive HTML5/JavaScript frameworkhttp://www.kendoui.com/
Visual SedimentationViz JavaScript library for visualizing streaming datahttp://www.visualsedimentation.org/
Scriptographer Viz Scriptographer is a scripting plugin for Adobe Illustratorhttp://scriptographer.org/about/
KnoemaMultiple Knoema is a knowledge platform connecting data with analytical and presentation tools.  Free data and statistics.  (nutrient rich)http://knoema.com/
BokehViz Bokeh is a Python interactive visualization library for large datasetshttp://bokeh.pydata.org/
information aestheticsMultiple Information Aesthetics Weblog collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing wayshttp://infosthetics.com/
     
     
     

 

Honorable Mention to other "lists of lists":  Essential Collection of Visualisation Resources: "Here is a collection of some of the most important, effective, useful and practical data visualisation tools. The content covers the many different resources used to create and publish visualisations, tools for working with colour, packages for handling data, places to obtain data, the most influential books and educational programmes and qualifications in visualisation itself"  http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/resources/ 

 

 

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Ryan Anderson

responded September 2013

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edited October 2013
From my friend Derek > In the past I would have answered http://www.jitterbit.com/ and http://www.tableausoftware.com/, but now I've gone all first principles and use Rails and JavaScript (http://d3js.org/ and http://coffeescript.org/)

From my friend Wes > cited by some as the mother of all resources > http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/resources/

And from Trebor http://www.rstudio.com/shiny/

And from a friend of DTL - http://knoema.com/
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77 Data Visualization Tools: Document contains aggregation of approximately 15 lists that included data viz tools; data cleansing tools; and other tools that may be helpful in exploring data viz. There is a strong bias to include free tools and exclude pay, however a few freemium tools are in list.

Created: September 10, 2013