Data visualization refers to the creation and analysis of visual representations of data, such as network visualizations, graphs, diagrams, models, and images. Data visualization tools allow users to clearly communicate their research results, as well as to visually represent data in new ways that allow for enhanced understanding and discovery.
Visualization helps people understand and contextualize complex data, and is most appropriate for certain types of data:
If you wish to build a visualization from the ground up, you can use the Java programming language to build an applet. Below are some resources that may help you develop a data visualization with a programming or scripting language.