Data Visualization

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This semester I am taking a data analytics course and it has me thinking a lot lately about data visualization. Specifically, I am interested in the ways it could be used by information professionals to provide meaningful insight into the arts for researchers and patrons. I think it is safe to say that the use of data visualization in the field is still fairly new and evolving. But, it is a technology that has been getting a lot of attention and definitely worth knowing about!

This video features a discussion by NYU graduate student Shilpan Bhagat about the process of creating a visualization tool that was used for the IFA’s “Mapping Video Art” project. Follow this link to check out the actual project, it is an excellent example of how data visualization is currently being used in the arts.

There are some really good resources for those who want to learn more about data visualization. The website Flowing Data provides a wealth of information and examples about how data visualization is being used in various fields. Indiana University also offers this MOOC which provides an overview of information visualization. If you are interested in trying out some of the various data visualization tools available Creative Bloq created a list of what they consider to be some of the best. Go ahead and play around with some!

Do you have any thoughts on data visualization? Or any relevant websites, projects, or experiences using data visualization tools you’d like to share? Please feel free to do so!

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