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Data Services: Data Visualization

Plan your visualization

As you begin your visualization, here are some questions to ask.

  1. What is your goal?
  2. Who is your audience?
  3. What do you want your audience to do?  
    1. be better informed
    2. take a particular action

Start by going to 

Click on "Search by Function"  and pick the type of visual relationship you want to convey.

Pick a refinement (sub catagory) and it will show you examples and a description of that type of visualization.

The description page will also have links to online sites that let you create that type of visualization.

Excel can create many chart types.  Highlight some data cells and use the Insert -> Recommended charts function for suggested chart types.

Online resources:

  • DataWrapper: Charts can be displayed online and downloaded
  • Rawgraphs: Many chart types are available.  

Data Mapping and Visualization Tools

Tableau Desktop Public - Free version of a powerful visualization tool.  Can draw data from Excel spreadsheet and databases.  Uses drag and drop to create charts, tables and maps.  Can be saved online for embedding in public websites. (Paid version offers connections to additional types of databases.)

SimplyAnalytics (previously known as SimplyMap) - One of the data services the library subscribse to.  With a few clicks, users can create U.S. maps of census and business data.  Reports and comparison tables are easy to create and the data can be downloaded for further analysis.  Maps can be download for inclusion in papers.

ArcMap Pro and Desktop- Available to Miami U. students, staff & faculty.  Creates maps and provides powerful utilities for geographic analysis.

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