Special thanks to John Stasko and Jim Foley for their resource collections.

InfoVis Resources & Collections

Daily Tekk – Over 100 InfoVis tools and resources
InfoVis:Wiki – Hosted at Vienna University of Technology
Information Visualization web site – Info Vis community information & mail list – Digital magazine about area

InfoVis Blogs

Flowing Data
Information is Beautiful

Color Tools

0 to 255 – Useful for generating web-safe color palettes
Color Brewer 2.0 – Web-based tool to generate color palettes
Color Laboratory – Another web-based tool to create swatches and palettes. Also allows the user to simulate how colors would be perceived by people with 8 types of color deficiency.

InfoVis Toolkits – List of recommended tools
Processing – A very popular graphical sketching tool, similar to and derived from Java. Comes with many in-built functions and features to handle data. A wide variety of third party libraries are also available to help with complex visualizations, graphics, animation, networking etc.
D3 – The new hot InfoVis library
D3 video tutorials
dc.js – A charting library based on D3
Protovis – JavaScript visualization library developed by Mike Bostock and Jeff Heer. It allows the user to specify how the data should be represented on screen, using SVG.
Flare – prefuse in ActionScript & Flash
Prefuse – General InfoVis Toolkit (java) by Jeffrey Heer
Piccolo 2D – Nice toolkit especially for zooming interfaces
JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit – Another Java based visualization library specifically targeted at visualizations for the web.
InfoVis Toolkit – General Toolkit by Jean-Daniel Fekete
Axiis – Open source data visualization framework for Flex. Includes many standard visualizations as part of the library.
Raphael.js – JavaScript library for creating interactive visualizations with HTML5 canvas.
Easel.js – Another JavaScript library for creating visualizations with the HTML5 canvas.

Data Sets & Collections

Credit card complaints – From Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Variety of data sources – From Daily Tekk (down on page)
World Health Indicators – From National Center for Health Statistics
Various data sets – From
Various data sets – From the World Bank
List of public data sets – From Quora
InfoVis Benchmarks Repository – From HCIL, University of Maryland
Network Intrusion Data – From the UMass Lowell Information Exploration Shootout
Internet Mapping Project – At Lumeta
Various data sets – From
AirData – From the EPA
UNIX System User Load Data – From Bob Lechner of U Mass, Lowell
Geneology Data – From the US Census Bureau
World Wine Statistics – From the Wine Institute
Knowledge Discovery in Databases Archive – At UC Irvine
National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference – From the USDA
Jeff Klingner’s database collection – At Stanford
Time Series Data Mining Archive – At UCR
Machine Learning Data Repository – At UCI


The Map of the (Stock) Market – By Martin Wattenberg
The Secret Lives of Numbers – By Golan Levin
They Rule – By Joshua On
Copernica – By Martin Wattenberg
Mario Soup – By Ben Fry
Baby Name Wizard – By Martin Wattenberg
Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks – UN Council on Foreign Relations
MiseryMap – Flight delay information
NIRVE project at NIST – Visualizing documents and search results
An Atlas of Cyberspaces – Collection of depictions of the web, internet and cyberspace
Gallery of Data Visualization – Best and worst of statistical graphics; much homage to Tufte
Visual Thesaurus – Interesting visualization of concepts in text
Vizworld – Graphics and visualization news/blog
Strange Maps – Interesting visualizations with maps
Nonlinear Magnification Homepage [link may be broken] – References and examples of fish-eye & focus + context views


Oculus – Business Visualization Software
Discovery – Visualization Software from ILOG
Spotfire – Dynamic Query-driven Visualization Software
InfoZoom – HumanIT Software
Inxight – Text Extraction, Federated Search, and Visualization
Grokker – Enterprise Search Management
Tableau Software – Visual Thinking for Business Intelligence
Panopticon – Commercial Treemap Package
Hive Group – Commercial Honeycomb Package (a Treemap variant)
VisuaLinks – Commercial Graph-Based Analysis Tool
Analyst’s Notebook – Commercial Visual Analytics Tool
ManyEyes – Pioneering web-based visualization tool by IBM
NodeXL – An open-source visualization software package.

Research Groups

Information Interfaces – Information Visualization and HCI @ Georgia Tech
LIVE – Laboratory for Information Visualization and Evaluation @ Virginia Tech
Imager Laboratory – Graphics, Visualization and HCI @ University of British Columbia
Visualization at WPI – Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Visualization at HCIL – Univ of Maryland HCI Lab Visualization Projects (past & current)
Pacific Northwest National Labs – Research program in Information Visualization
PARC UIR Information Visualization – Links to Xerox PARC InfoVis projects & info