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Data visualisation

Are you just getting started with data visualisation? This guide looks at what it is, introduces some techniques, tips & tools.

Data visualisation

There is a story in your data. But your tools don’t know what that story is. That’s where it takes you—the analyst or communicator of the information—to bring that story visually and contextually to life.”
~ Carl Knaflic1

Web based tools

Name Pricing Access Through UQ? Visualisation Techniques UQ Training Online Training
Canva

Free

Upgradable

No
  • Design software
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Infographics
No

Learning Canva
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)

Canva on YouTube

Gephi Free No
  • Graphs
  • Networks
No Gephi Tutorials
Google Fushion Tables Free No
  • Charts
  • Maps
  • Network graphs
No Google Fushion Tables Tutorials
Piktochart

Free

Upgradable

No
  • Infographics
No Piktochart Tutorials
Tableau Cost No
  • Infographics
No Tableau 10 Essential Training
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)
Venngage

Free

Upgradable

No

 

  • Infographics

Yes

For Beginners
(YouTube)

UQ Library Training Resources

Note: This is a selected list of the tools available.

Software with visualisation tools

Name Pricing Access Through UQ? Visualisation Techniques UQ Training Online Training
Adobe Illustrator Cost No Graphics editor software with visualisation capabilities eg. infographics. No Creating Infographics (Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)
Microsoft Excel Cost Yes Spreadsheet software with visualisation capabilities eg. graphs, charts. Library (free)

Visualizing Geospatial Data with Power Map
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)

NVivo Cost Yes Qualitative data analysis software. Includes visualisation tools. Library (free) Learning Nvivo
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)
SPSS Cost Yes Qualitative data analysis software. Visualisation tools included. Course based

SPSS Statistics Essential Training
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)

Programming languages used for visualisation

Name Pricing Access Through UQ? Visualisation Techniques  UQ Training Online Training
MATLAB Cost Yes
  • Graph-plotting
  • 3D graphical features
Course based

Learning MATLAB
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)

Python Free

Yes

Library computers

(Duhig Tower (#2)
Rooms 108/A and 501)

  • Graphs
  • Charts

Library
(free)

Python for Data Science Essential Training
(Lynda.com - UQ students & staff)

R programming language Free

Yes

Library computers

  • Graphs
  • Charts

Library (free)

R course selection
A selection of key R tutorials
available on Lynda.com
(UQ students & staff)

R Resources

UQ Library R Course Resources

Datasets with visualisation tools

Interact With Our Data
Australian Bureau of Statistics data visualisation tools

Further resources

Data visualisation software
Software information from the UQ LIbrary's Centre for Digital Scholarship

The R Graph Gallery
A collection of plots created with R with associated code.

The Python Graph Gallery
Provides Python code for wide range of charts.

Visualization Tools
From the Harvard Law School Library, this is a list of tools available for various visualisation types.

data.viz tools
A guide to tools, resources and technologies for data visualisation.

Other training

Data Visualization for Non-Programmers
Length: 1hr 10mins
From the Harvard Innovation Lab, looks at how visualisations can be created by those with no programming knowledge.