Using Data Analysis & Visualization Software

Getting Help with Visualization

Engaging with the Visualization Community at Duke

What is Data Visualization?

In a nutshell, data visualization is the term we use to describe all of the ways people transform data into visual representations. This could be a map, a bar chart, a timeline or an artistic rendering of data. For more definitions, examples, and helpful data visualization tools, see our Duke Data Visualization LibGuide.

Mapping and GIS

Mapping is a special subset of data visualization.  Researchers use Geographic Information System (GIS) software to conduct complicated geographical data analyses and to develop high-quality maps. The Data and Visualization Services department includes staff with special training in GIS and mapping who have developed a series of workshops and training guides to help with various types of mapping projects.

Some of the tools we can introduce you to are: