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Explore Data Visualization

A number of government agencies, research institutes, and universities make their data available to the public on-line. This page is designed to expose you to the available avenues for accessing on-line data for economic research and social science research more broadly.

Journalists and social commentators are increasingly using infographs and data visualization to express trends, relationships, and to make sense of the abundance of available data. Infographics are familiar visual representations and illustrations of single variables measured across time or location. Data visualizations often express more complex relationships within larger data sets. Some of the best data visualizations allow users to interact with the visualization in order to ask their own questions of the data.

The list of links below directs you to some of the best infographs and data visualizations on the web. Explore these to generate ideas for your research.

Here are some other resources that you can check out:

  • ArcGis

  • Google Fusion Table

  • R

  • Processing

  • Excel

Using Tableau

Tableau comes with some downloadable data sets that you can use to familiarize yourself with the program [Sample Data Sets].
You can also find more data sets in the Interactive Data Sets page of this guide.

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

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