Sunday, July 21, 2013

What Are Your Data Visualization Needs?

By answering this question, web development companies and private web developers can begin selecting the data visualization tool that will meet the specifications of said need. Other factors to consider when selecting the proper tool is the skill level and software know how.

Below are top rated data visualization tools that are grouped either by skill level or special parameters of visualization.

Entry level

Excel is probably the most commonly used data management tool. It is capable of managing and presenting data from simple entry to complex algorithms. It allows for data exploration and internal-use visualization creation. It’s limitation is it cannot create graphics that could be integrated in professional publications or websites.

Online Visualizations

Google Chart API, Flot, Raphaƫl, D3 (Data-Driven Documents), and
require a working knowledge of JavaScript for the aforementioned are libraries
that store many styles and types of data visualization formats such as graphs and charts. Selection depends on how complex the visualization is estimated to be.

Interactive GUI Controls

Two tools that are also JavaScript based libraries are Crossfilter and Tangle. They allow the user to perform call back functions. The earlier allows charts and graphs to double as GUI widgets, while the latter is ideal when equations and formulas are being manipulated.


For mapping visualizations, Modest Maps, CartoDB, Kartograph, OpenLayers,
and Polymaps are libraries that execute robust to complex detailing and are each capable of data management and manipulation.

Professional level

For those with professional knowhow of software, NodeBox, Weka, R, and Gephi can be called to act for data visualization that need to be more complex and detailed. These tools cater to a higher level of interaction. Not to mention the easy data manipulation and sorting. The advantage of using the aforementioned tools is that it is capable of crunching larger data set and present real-time results when data is provided.