Data Visualization

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Data Visualization is the study and practice of turning data into content that is capable of being quickly understood. In short, it is the process of designing data.

Data design is an exploding industry in today's information society. A good data visualization is capable of traversing the web at a quick rate, which means that an increasingly amount of visualizations are done just for "the sake of visualizing data" and not for any further purpose.

I started a Flickr group called Innovation in Data Visualization in an attempt to collect some of the many visualizations into a focused environment. some of the excess visualizations into a concise group. It has grown to over 200 members as well as spawned a local Portland meetup.

There are many resources on Data Visualization on the web. The following content consists of Flickr sets and groups that I've collected over time.

Degree programs that specifically relate to data visualization

Stanford Visualization Group / CS at Stanford

Visualization at HCIL / U of Maryland

Information Engineering / Universitat Konstanz

Information School at UC Berkeley

Data Visualization Research Lab / U of New Hampshire

Innovations in Visualizations Lab / U of Calgary

School of Information / U of Michigan

Thanks to Kim Rees, @krees at @periscopic.

Innovation in Data Visualization

Caseorganic's Data Visualization Set on Flickr

Caseorganic's Infographics Set on Flickr

A set by Caseorganic

Cool Data Visualization Techniques - Information Visualization

New and innovative techniques of data visualization (InfoVis). Coolness, aesthetics and efficacy of visual representation methods. Screenshots of visualizations, diagrams, charts, ontologies, .

Visual Complexity

Large gallery of Information Visualizations

Diagram Diaries

Diagrams are interesting representations of reality and data. Why don't you add your thoughts and photos to this group?

Info Graphics

Charts, graphs, facts - anything that is about information or visualising information.

Infographics | Infografia

Debate sobre gráficos, infografías y relacionados!

Maps and Charts


Maps! for lovers and makers of maps, of places physical and otherwise.

Flowing Data

Charts and Graphs

Plots are cool. Not only what they represent, but how they represent it. Show us what you find. Any figure will do.


The Visualization ToolKit (VTK) is an open source, freely available software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization used by thousands of researchers and developers around the world. VTK consists of a C++ class library, and several interpreted interface layers including Tcl/Tk, Java, and Python. Professional support and products for VTK are provided by Kitware, Inc. VTK supports a wide variety of visualization algorithms including scalar, vector, tensor, texture, and volumetric methods; and advanced modeling techniques such as implicit modelling, polygon reduction, mesh smoothing, cutting, contouring, and Delaunay triangulation. In addition, dozens of imaging algorithms have been directly integrated to allow the user to mix 2D imaging / 3D graphics algorithms and data. The design and implementation of the library has been strongly influenced by object-oriented principles. VTK has been installed and tested on nearly every Unix-based platform, PCs (Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP), and Mac OSX Jaguar or later.

Thematic Mapping, Graphs and Geodata Visualization

A group with emphasis on thematic mapping. It also includes network graphs, spatial data visualization. modern (or even old) cartography always related to thematic mapping. If you're interested in geomatics and the analysis of risk, .:mitch:.(Institute of Geomatics and Analysis of Risk, University of Lausanne in Switzerland) suggests looking at Christian Kaiser's PhD thesis, a work on cartography, data visualization and analysis; with machine learning and multiagent based systems.

Information Architecture

Information Architecture (often abbreviated "I.A.") is the practice of structuring knowledge or data. These are often structured according to their context in user interactions or larger databases. The term is most commonly applied to Web development, but also applies to disciplines outside of a strict Web context, such as programming and technical writing.

This group is about sharing pictures of ideas, projects and general experiences (including real world examples) with Information Architecture in today's systems and interactive world.

RhNav - Rhiozome Navigation

Navigation interface based on user behaviour analysis.

SML Interaction Design Group

SML Interaction Design = Small, medium and large interaction designs

Social Visualization

Group for collecting images related to social visualization

Yahoo! Designers and Alumni

This group is for current yahoos and alumni. Knowledge Sharing. This group is about thoughts, Ideas, Resources, Findings, Theories, Philosophies and Inspirations towards ART and DESIGN. Artsy Fartsy Stuff.

GDS Digital Infographics

Simply about the visual representation of interesting information.

WebOps Visualizations

This group is for sharing visualizations of web operations metrics. For the most part, this means graphs of systems and application metrics, from software like ganglia, cacti, hyperic, etc.