This section on “Data Visualization” will explore what it is, examples of its use, and web sites which provide both galleries of data visualizations and which allow you, or your students, to create your own.
Tag Cloud: A tag cloud provides a visual representation of word content of a document.
Wordle is a site which allows you to create word clouds from text. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more often. Wordle is free and easy to use. You won’t need to sign up for an account.
How to use Wordle:
Wordle could be used in English classes to
create a quick visualization to examine the main ideas is a paper.
There are a few programs that offer a graphical representation of words and synonyms.
Tag galaxy is similar to a visual thesaurus. When you type in a term, the program brings up a solar system of words. Double clicking on the sun, produces a globe of pictures.
Tools: History/Social Sciences
See more about History Pin and examples at:
Tools: Science & Engineering
A compilation of interesting resources can be found at:
Tools: Social Visualization
Swivel http://www.swivel.com/ Swivel is a collaborative tool that allows you to create charts and graphs and allow others to work on these. Swivel provides access to publicly shared data and allows you to share your data with everyone, to share only with your own group, or to keep it totally private. It has the added advantage of being available online (in the cloud).
Many Eyes helps you to create visualizations from your own data sets. You can also browse and use visualizations which have been created by others and saved as “public”.
To create visualizations using Many Eyes, you need to sign up for an acount (it’s free).
Requires a download to use,
but you can access the gallery on the
Internet. Once you have created a visualization, you can embed it on a website or blog.
More examples of data visualization from Smashing Magazine: