The most brief definition of data visualization is anything that converts data sources into a visual representation for the purpose of sense-making and communicating clearly and effectively. Sometimes data visualization also integrates analyzing data, which is usually called visual analytics. Here is a brief history of data visualization to cover some major events in the history of data visualization.
Below is a YouTube video introducing what is data visualization.
This guide categorizes tools into different tabs by feature. In addition to these ones, there are a number of open source tools for you to explore. When you choose an open source tool, please do a little research on its support team as some of them may go out of business in a while, which might cause inconvenience if you want to save your visualization for a long time.
The Library’s Research Data Services (RDS) Team offers support for data analysis tools & methods, mapping & data visualization, finding data, survey design, and data management