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Data visualisation DIY: our top tools. What data visualisation tools are out there on the web that are easy to use - and free?

Data visualisation DIY: our top tools

Here on the Datablog and Datastore we try to do as much as possible using the internet's powerful free options. That may sound a little disingenuous, in that we obviously have access to the Guardian's amazing Graphics and interactive teams for those pieces where we have a little more time - such as this map of public spending (created using Adobe Illustrator) or this Twitter riots interactive.

But for our day-to-day work, we often use tools that anyone can - and create graphics that anyone else can too. Gephi, an open source graph visualization and manipulation software. IDroo. Literature and Latte - Scapple for Mac OS X and Windows. Rough It Out Scapple doesn’t force you to make connections, and it doesn’t expect you to start out with one central idea off of which everything else is branched.

Literature and Latte - Scapple for Mac OS X and Windows

There’s no built-in hierarchy at all, in fact—in Scapple, every note is equal, so you can connect them however you like. The idea behind Scapple is simple: when you are roughing out ideas, you need complete freedom to experiment with how those ideas best fit together. It’s Scapple Simple. Many Eyes. Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming app - SpiderScribe.

Parallel Sets. Parallel Sets (ParSets) is a visualization application for categorical data, like census and survey data, inventory, and many other kinds of data that can be summed up in a cross-tabulation. ParSets provide a simple, interactive way to explore and analyze such data. Even though the screenshots here show the Mac version, the program also runs on Windows and Linux. Links to the executables are in the Download Section. RAW. Visual Understanding Environment. Word Tree.