- ArcGIS | A geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information
Online | Desktop | Server | Developers
- Gephi | Interactive visualization/exploration platform for networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs
- Jigsaw | Visual analytics for exploring and understanding document collections
- KNIME | An open source data analytics, reporting and integration platform
- Leximancer | Analyze the content of collections of textual documents and visually display the extracted information
Commercial | Academic
- Power BI | Data visualization and reporting tool from Microsoft
Download for free or buy Pro version
- QGIS | A free and open source geographic information system
- Qlik | Lets you create visualizations, dashboards, and apps
Qlik Sense | QlikView
- SAP Lumira | Data visualization software that makes it easy to create interactive maps, charts, and infographics. Suitable for structured data
Standard | Personal (free) | Edge | Server | Cloud
- SAS Visual Analytics | Lets you design and distribute BI reports and dashboards and explore data through interactive data visualization
- Tableau | Data visualization and analytics software. Suitable for structured data
Desktop | Online | Server | Public
- Tibco Spotfire | Data visualization and analytics software. Suitable for structured data
Desktop | Cloud | Platform
- Watson Analytics | Data visualization and reporting tool from IBM. Free/Personal/Professional versions available
Techniques & Inspiration
- Breaking BI | Brad Llewellyn | Advanced tips on Tableau
- Dear Data | Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec | A year-long, analog data drawing project
- Dear Data Two | Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Kriebel | Shaffer and Kriebel follow Lupi and Posavec's footsteps
- eagereyes | Robert Kosara | Kosara's place to reflect on the world of information visualization and visual communication of data
- FlowingData | Nathan Yau | Author of "Visualize This," "Data Points," and "Data Fluency"
The Functional Art | Alberto Cairo | Professor of visualization and infographics and author of "The Functional Art"
- GeoAcademy | - | Free QGIS courses available
- GEPHI – Introduction to Network Analysis and Visualization | Martin Grandjean | Gephi tutorial with 2 complementary datasets, to explore basic and advanced features
- Perceptual Edge | Stephen Few | Innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of BI and information design
- Tableau Friction | Chris Gerrard | Advanced tips on Tableau
- Thumbs Up Viz | - | Effective data visualization examples
- Visualizing Data | Andy Kriebel | A UK-based freelance data visualisation specialist
- VizWiz | Andy Kriebel | Head Coach at The Information Lab at Tableau
- WTF Visualizations | - | Visualization "don't"s
- Data management education modules | DataOne | Downloadable material on data management planning, data manipulation, writing quality metadata, data protection and back-ups and more!
Refresh your memory
- Read the Online Statistics Education: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study developed by Rice University, University of Houston Clear Lake, and Tufts University. It's free!
- Read Statistics Done Wrong by Alex Reinhart. Learn about the most prevalent statistical errors committed by scientists. This is also free!
- Ensure that p-values are used in the right context
- Books that talk about the role of chance include:
- Silver, N. (2012). The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don't. New York: Penguin Press.
- Taleb, N.N. (2004). Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. New York: Random House.
Sharpen your critical thinking acuity
- Review cognitive biases here
- Beveridge, W. I. B. (1957). The Art of Scientific Investigation. New York: Norton.
- Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (1994). Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall.
- Gilovich T. (1991). How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life. New York: Free Press.
- Heuer, R. J. (1999). Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence.
- Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.