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Data Visualization: Tools

Introductory guide to library offered data visualization services.

Available Software:

Elizabeth Dafoe (Brown Lab)

  • ArcGIS Software (ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro)
  • QGIS
  • Microsoft Excel

Science & Technology

  • ArcGIS Software (ArcGIS Online Excel plugin, ArcMap)

Neil John Maclean Health Sciences (Bannatyne)

  • TBD

Tools:

Coblis: Colour blindness simulator

ColourBrewer2.0: Tool to help select appropriate colour palettes based on your project.

ESRI Software (ArcGIS Pro, Online, Scene, StoryMaps etc). Proprietary suite of tools for doing GIS analysis and geospatial data visualization. ESRI Academy offers training materials accessible to U of M users. There is a large forum of people online who post their questions and solutions.

Excel: Familiar tool, good for creating charts, graphs and dashboards. Try using Sparklines to get an overview of your data. Active community forum for support and instructional videos. Integrates with Office365.

Gephi: Open-source tool for network and system analysis to find new patterns. Steep learning curve but high quality results.

Google Sheets: Online app, part of Google Drive. Good for sharing data and creating charts and graphs.

Piktochart: Create sharable infographics, free service, but sign-up required. Lots of free tutorials.

PowerBI: Create sharable charts, graphs and dashboards. Free service, active community forum for support and instructional videos. Integrates with Office365.

QGIS: Open-source program for GIS analysis. Good entry point into geospatial analysis for those who do not need the in-depth tools and services provided by ArcGIS. Active community of support and learning materials

Tableau Public: Create sharable charts, graphs and dashboards. Free service, active community forum for support and instructional videos.

Visme: Create sharable infographics and charts. Free tier with limited storage and projects, has ability to export as .jpg.

Programming:

Leaflet/ Mapbox: JavaScript web mapping tools.

Python: Popular visualization libraries include: matplotlib, pandas, geopandas & more.

R: Most popular visualization libraries are ggplot2 and shiny.

Timeline.js: Interactive timeline tool based on Javascript.