Berto Jongman: Top 20 Data Visualization Tools

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The top 20 data visualization tools

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda’s round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practise – and to practise, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, I want to introduce you to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and some you have probably installed already.

List with links below the line.

Entry-level tools

1.   Excel

2.  CSV/JSON

Online visualizations

3.  Google Chart API

4.  Flot

5.  Raphael

6.  D3

7.  Visual.ly

Interactive GUI controls

8.  Crossfilter

9.  Tangle

Mapping

10.  Modest Maps

11.  Leaflet

12.  Polymaps

13.  OpenLayers

14.  Kartograph

15.  CartoDB

Charting Fonts

Getting Serious

16.  Processing

17.  NodeBox

Pro tools

18.  R

19.  Weka

20  Gephi

The source article provides a paragraph and an illustration for each of the above.