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Research Data Services: Data Visualization

Online Research Tools

Researchers may find the following tools useful in their work. Emphasis is given to free (or at least having free components) and online tools or services.

Data Management Planning:

  • DMPTool - The DMPTool provides a step-by-step interface for creating a Data Management Plan for NSF, NIH and many other funding agencies.

Electronic Lab Notebooks:

  • Electronic Lab Notebooks - Guide for prospective users; Information for researchers who are interested in adopting an Electronic Lab Notebook system for documenting research and managing data.
  • Open Science Framework - Interdisciplinary research project management and collaboration platform. Works with other services such as Figshare, Google Drive and Mendeley.
  • RSpace - An ELN for researchers to organize, manage and collaborate on their projects.
  • Hivebench - Biology-focused experiment, lab and project management.
  • ELM - Lab and project management system, collaboration, reference management.
  • Docollab - Project management system, collaboration.
  • Benchling - Life Sciences focused experiment, lab and project management.

Data Analysis/Visualization:

  • TableauPublic - Free version of their desktop and online data visualization platform. All data uploaded to TableauPublic is available to everyone on the Internet. The paid versions allow restricted access.
  • StatCrunch - Simple online data analysis and survey package.
  • Open HeatMap - Use spreadsheets from excel or Google to create maps and publish on the web.
  • Dataviz - Data visualization for time, geographic and comparative data.
  • OpenRefine - Data cleaning and exploration tool.

Directory of digital research tools:

Books and Journals on Data Visualization

Featured Resource

  • Visualizing Data - A collection of some of the most important, effective, useful and practical data visualisation tools. Includes tools for working with colour, packages for handling data, places to obtain data, the most influential books and educational programmes and qualifications in visualisation itself.


GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

Information about visualizing geographic data is available on this GIS guide.

Blogs to Follow

Visualization in the news

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