Data Visualization Showcase & Contest: Tools


Below is a list of widely used data visualization tools.


Tableau is an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop software platform that creates a myriad of visualization types including maps, dashboards and more. Tableau is a particularly useful tool for creating interactive visualizations. Students can obtain a free license for Tableau Desktop, and Tableau Public is free to all.


Gephi specializes in creating network visualizations. It is open-source and free to use.


ArcGIS is a popular and powerful tool for creating maps and performing spatial analysis. It is the industry standard in GIS fields.


If you're familiar with Javascript, then D3 is the tool for you. As a powerful, open-source, programming library, D3 harnesses the web to provide limitless visualization possibilities, including user-interaction and animation.

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