Visualising data, telling stories

Telling stories that can only be seen. Data visualisations can be extraordinarily beautiful. Here are but a few tools.

gephi

Open-source desktop application, primarily a network visualisation tool, but with plugins galore for space-time extensions.

visual diagrams, Gephi
visual diagrams, Gephi

Gapminder

Beautiful, multivariate statistics. See this phenomenal TED presentation by Hans Rosling – love that guy

visual diagrams, Gapminder
visual diagrams, Gapminder

Google charts

Not surprising, Google chart can be a powerful tool. Simple to use and simple to work with fusiontables.

visual diagrams, Google charts
visual diagrams, Google charts

somvis

Maybe the most gorgeous multivariable thing around.

visual diagrams, Somvis
visual diagrams, Somvis

Raphaël

The classic javascript library, used by, I am sure, millions of web developers out there. Much experimentations and examples for things you have never thought to visualise.

visual diagrams, Raphael
visual diagrams, Raphael

MIT Exhibit (Similie)

It looks a little dated now, but Exhibit, formerly known as Similie, is powerful and do some interesting experiments with time-space.

visual diagrams, Similie
visual diagrams, Similie

d3

Probably the other of the classic javascript libraries. My personal favourite over Raphaël.

visual diagrams, d3
visual diagrams, d3

Highcharts

Another js library, these guys are highly professional. Free versions for non-profits. One really nice thing is that each diagram and graph example on their site links to the respective JSFiddle. Heartwarming.

visual diagrams, highchart
visual diagrams, highchart

InfoViz

Multivariate analysis.

visual diagrams, InfoViz
visual diagrams, InfoViz

Sci2Tool

Very scientific (and therefore console-based), this is made for balancing visual readability with scientific exploration.

visual diagrams, sci2tool
visual diagrams, sci2tool

GraphInsight

Python-based network analysis.

visual diagrams, graphinsight
visual diagrams, graphinsight

NodeXL – Excel-based

What is says on the box: excel based engine with node-edge emphasis.

visual diagrams, nodeExcel
visual diagrams, nodeExcel

Linkurious

Web-based application for exploring graph databases.

visual diagrams, Linkcurious
visual diagrams, Linkcurious

textexture

Visualising text as a network.

visual diagrams, textexture
visual diagrams, textexture

In-spire

visual document analysis

visual diagrams, inspire
visual diagrams, inspire

Circos

You would be amazed at how much information can be displayed and explored in Circos.

visual diagrams, circos
visual diagrams, circos

Pathline

Here is one pretty specific to analysis of functional genomics. It explores relations in three dimensions: gene activity, pathway data that presents a series of reactions within a cellular process; and phylogenetic data describing ancestral relationships between species. Yay biology!

visual diagrams, pathline
visual diagrams, pathline

Have an opinion!