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Penrose Library

Data Resources: Analysis and Visualization

Information on finding, using, citing, and managing data

Data visualization resources in Penrose

A key figure in data visualization is Edward Tufte. Penrose has several of his books:

Tufte, Edward R. Beautiful Evidence. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 2006.

---. Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 1990.

---. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 1997. 

The edwardtufte.com website also has information, figures, and videos on visualization in the sciences and the arts.

Dataviz blogs

Flowing Data. Nathan Yau's collection of interesting visualizations.

Datavisualization.ch. Features visualizations and news about conferences and publications related to data visualizations and infographics.

WTF Visualizations discusses problems with visualizations from the media and around the web.

Data Analysis and Visualization Resources and Tools

Tools for data analysis and visualization include statistical software packages such as SPSS and R. On the Whitman campus, SPSS is available in computer labs in Maxey. R is an open-source software platform, and you can find more about it at the R Project page.

For a great overview of data visualization best practices, see the visualization by Justin Lincoln, Lynne Vieth, and Dan Martensen, which was coded in D3.

Ethical data use in analysis and visualization

Be aware of the implications of how your data will be shared on the Web before you use web-based analysis and visualization tools. Some data sources permit the uploading of their data to online or cloud-based services, and others do not. IRB specifications may also restrict what you may share via web-based analyses/visualizations and how you may share it. In short: understand and follow the terms of use of any data that you analyze and visualize, especially when the analysis or visualization takes place online.

Publications on Data Science

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