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Data Visualization

Introduction to data visualization resources at the Georgia Tech Library

Introduction to data visualization

This guide provides a starting point for exploring data visualization resources at the Georgia Tech Library. Use the tabs on the side for guidance on specific data visualization techniques and resources, including

  • Charts and graphs
  • Timelines and storylines
  • Map-based visualization
  • Interactive visualization
  • Visual analytics tools

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