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Mapping & Data Visualization

This guide provides information about tools, methods, and resources available to incorporate a visual component into your research data.


The research process often produces a great variety of data - some quantitative, some qualitative, and often a mixture of both. Data visualization, also named as information visualization or information design, refers to the methodologies, tools, and modes of representation (i.e., products) involved in the process of visually communicating data to others. Data can be visually communicated in many ways, ranging from a simple table of numbers to complex and highly sophisticated charts and interactive graphics. In GIS and Remote Sensing, the data visualization is frequently presented in maps and web applications. 

In this segment, you can learn more about tools, methods, and resources that are available to incorporate the visual component into your research data.

Glossary of Terms

Data visualization refers to the visual representation of data sources in order to communicate information clearly and efficiently.

Visual analytics refers to the practice of using visualizations to perform data analysis.