• ArcGIS | A geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information
    Online | Desktop | Server | Developers
  • D3 | JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS
  • Gephi | Interactive visualization/exploration platform for networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs
  • Jigsaw | Visual analytics for exploring and understanding document collections
  • KNIME | An open source data analytics, reporting and integration platform
  • Leximancer | Analyze the content of collections of textual documents and visually display the extracted information
    Commercial | Academic
  • Power BI | Data visualization and reporting tool from Microsoft
    Download for free or buy Pro version
  • QGIS | A free and open source geographic information system
  • Qlik | Lets you create visualizations, dashboards, and apps
    Qlik Sense | QlikView
  • SAP Lumira | Data visualization software that makes it easy to create interactive maps, charts, and infographics. Suitable for structured data
    Standard | Edge | Server
  • SAS Visual Analytics | Lets you design and distribute BI reports and dashboards and explore data through interactive data visualization
  • Tableau | Data visualization and analytics software. Suitable for structured data
    Desktop | Online | Server | Public
  • Tibco Spotfire | Data visualization and analytics software. Suitable for structured data
    Desktop | Cloud | Platform
  • Watson Analytics | Data visualization and reporting tool from IBM. Free/Personal/Professional versions available

Techniques & Inspiration

  • Breaking BI | Brad Llewellyn | Advanced tips on Tableau
  • Dear Data | Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec | A year-long, analog data drawing project
  • Dear Data Two | Jeffrey Shaffer, Andy Kriebel | Shaffer and Kriebel follow Lupi and Posavec's footsteps
  • eagereyes | Robert Kosara | Kosara's place to reflect on the world of information visualization and visual communication of data
  • FlowingData | Nathan Yau | Author of "Visualize This," "Data Points," and "Data Fluency"
  • The Functional Art | Alberto Cairo | Professor of visualization and infographics and author of "The Functional Art"
  • GeoAcademy | - | Free QGIS courses available
  • GEPHI – Introduction to Network Analysis and Visualization | Martin Grandjean | Gephi tutorial with 2 complementary datasets, to explore basic and advanced features
  • Perceptual Edge | Stephen Few | Innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of BI and information design
  • Tableau Friction | Chris Gerrard | Advanced tips on Tableau
  • Thumbs Up Viz | - | Effective data visualization examples
  • Visualizing Data | Andy Kriebel | A UK-based freelance data visualisation specialist
  • VizWiz | Andy Kriebel | Head Coach at The Information Lab at Tableau
  • WTF Visualizations | - | Visualization "don't"s



  • Data management education modules | DataOne | Downloadable material on data management planning, data manipulation, writing quality metadata, data protection and back-ups and more!

Refresh your memory

  • Read the Online Statistics Education: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study developed by Rice University, University of Houston Clear Lake, and Tufts University. It's free!
  • Read Statistics Done Wrong by Alex Reinhart. Learn about the most prevalent statistical errors committed by scientists. This is also free!
  • Ensure that p-values are used in the right context
  • Books that talk about the role of chance include:
    • Silver, N. (2012). The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don't. New York: Penguin Press.
    • Taleb, N.N. (2004). Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets. New York: Random House.

Sharpen your critical thinking acuity

  • Review cognitive biases here
  • Beveridge, W. I. B. (1957). The Art of Scientific Investigation. New York: Norton.
  • Browne, M. N., & Keeley, S. M. (1994). Asking the right questions: A guide to critical thinking. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall.
  • Gilovich T. (1991). How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life. New York: Free Press.
  • Heuer, R. J. (1999). Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence.
  • Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.