Data visualisation DIY: our top tools What data visualisation tools are out there on the web that are easy to use - and free? 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. So, what do we use?
Visualizing Urban Futures This data visualization comes from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project in San Francisco. The map visualizes the locations of evictions related to the use of a certain state law (the Ellis Act). The act, as the mappers describe, gives landlords the power to evict residents and has been linked to growing volumes of more expensive tenancy-in-common flats and condominium-style residential housing. blog Hey friends! I gave in and finally integrated <canvas> support into JSViz, and just in time for the Safari 3 Beta (which I'm really digging so far)! Note: To render with canvas, you'll need Firefox 1.5, Safari 2.0, or Opera 9.
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. Basic Operation XP Calculator and Leaderboard One of the key components of gamification is feedback. Games give players timely, if not instantaneous, feedback. The quicker the feedback cycle, the more effectively the player can adjust their strategy. To effectively gamify a classroom, it is crucial that teachers give feedback to every student in their classroom as quickly as possible.