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What is Data Visualization?

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.

Interested specifically in geospatial visualization or mapping? Check out our GIS/mapping services!

Why Visualize Data?

Effective data visualizations can increase the impact of and engagement with your research. Visualizations with distortions or ineffective design choices, however, can confuse your audience or misrepresent your work. Increasingly, data visualization skills are necessary to succeed in a competitive job market.

Getting Started

Data visualization support can happen at any stage of your research. We can suggest ways to clean your data for visualization, brainstorm on visualization techniques, offer graphic design advice, or work with you on custom visualization training for your group or course.

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