Special thanks to John Stasko and Jim Foley for their resource collections.

InfoVis Resources & Collections

Daily Tekk – Over 100 InfoVis tools and resources

InfoVis:Wiki – Hosted at Vienna University of Technology

Information Visualization web site – Info Vis community information & mail list – Digital magazine about area

InfoVis Blogs


Flowing Data

Information is Beautiful

Color Tools

0 to 255 – Useful for generating web-safe color palettes

Color Brewer 2.0 – Web-based tool to generate color palettes

Color Laboratory – Another web-based tool to create swatches and palettes. Also allows the user to simulate how colors would be perceived by people with 8 types of color deficiency.

InfoVis Toolkits – List of recommended tools

Processing – A very popular graphical sketching tool, similar to and derived from Java. Comes with many in-built functions and features to handle data. A wide variety of third party libraries are also available to help with complex visualizations, graphics, animation, networking etc.

D3 – The new hot InfoVis library

D3 video tutorials

dc.js – A charting library based on D3

Protovis – JavaScript visualization library developed by Mike Bostock and Jeff Heer. It allows the user to specify how the data should be represented on screen, using SVG.

Flare – prefuse in ActionScript & Flash

Prefuse – General InfoVis Toolkit (java) by Jeffrey Heer

Piccolo 2D – Nice toolkit especially for zooming interfaces

JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit – Another Java based visualization library specifically targeted at visualizations for the web.

InfoVis Toolkit – General Toolkit by Jean-Daniel Fekete

Axiis – Open source data visualization framework for Flex. Includes many standard visualizations as part of the library.

Raphael.js – JavaScript library for creating interactive visualizations with HTML5 canvas.

Easel.js – Another JavaScript library for creating visualizations with the HTML5 canvas.

Data Sets & Collections

Credit card complaints – From Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Variety of data sources – From Daily Tekk (down on page)

World Health Indicators – From National Center for Health Statistics

Various data sets – From

Various data sets – From the World Bank

List of public data sets – From Quora

InfoVis Benchmarks Repository – From HCIL, University of Maryland

Network Intrusion Data – From the UMass Lowell Information Exploration Shootout

Internet Mapping Project – At Lumeta

Various data sets – From

AirData – From the EPA

UNIX System User Load Data – From Bob Lechner of U Mass, Lowell

Geneology Data – From the US Census Bureau

World Wine Statistics – From the Wine Institute

Knowledge Discovery in Databases Archive – At UC Irvine

National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference – From the USDA

Jeff Klingner’s database collection – At Stanford

Time Series Data Mining Archive – At UCR

Machine Learning Data Repository – At UCI


The Map of the (Stock) Market – By Martin Wattenberg

The Secret Lives of Numbers – By Golan Levin

They Rule – By Joshua On

Copernica – By Martin Wattenberg

Mario Soup – By Ben Fry

Baby Name Wizard – By Martin Wattenberg

Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks – UN Council on Foreign Relations

MiseryMap – Flight delay information

NIRVE project at NIST – Visualizing documents and search results

An Atlas of Cyberspaces – Collection of depictions of the web, internet and cyberspace

Gallery of Data Visualization – Best and worst of statistical graphics; much homage to Tufte

Visual Thesaurus – Interesting visualization of concepts in text

Vizworld – Graphics and visualization news/blog

Strange Maps – Interesting visualizations with maps

Nonlinear Magnification Homepage [link may be broken] – References and examples of fish-eye & focus + context views


Oculus – Business Visualization Software

Discovery – Visualization Software from ILOG

Spotfire – Dynamic Query-driven Visualization Software

InfoZoom – HumanIT Software

Inxight – Text Extraction, Federated Search, and Visualization

Grokker – Enterprise Search Management

Tableau Software – Visual Thinking for Business Intelligence

Panopticon – Commercial Treemap Package

Hive Group – Commercial Honeycomb Package (a Treemap variant)

VisuaLinks – Commercial Graph-Based Analysis Tool

Analyst’s Notebook – Commercial Visual Analytics Tool

ManyEyes – Pioneering web-based visualization tool by IBM

NodeXL – An open-source visualization software package.

Research Groups

Information Interfaces – Information Visualization and HCI @ Georgia Tech

LIVE – Laboratory for Information Visualization and Evaluation @ Virginia Tech

Imager Laboratory – Graphics, Visualization and HCI @ University of British Columbia

Visualization at WPI – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Visualization at HCIL – Univ of Maryland HCI Lab Visualization Projects (past & current)

Pacific Northwest National Labs – Research program in Information Visualization

PARC UIR Information Visualization – Links to Xerox PARC InfoVis projects & info


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