Susan Kistler on Curations of Data Visualization Tools and Tutorials

Happy Saturday! I am Susan Kistler, the American Evaluation Association’s Executive Director and aea365 Saturday contributor. This post is Part II to the one I shared on April 28 on Inspiration and Education for Data Visualization, focusing today on two great curations of DataViz tools and tutorials. Curations are sets of items that are purposefully not comprehensive, but rather selected because the author, or curator, believes that they are of high quality.

Rad Resource Curation of Data Visualization Tools at This newly public curation is from the team at Interactive Things, a design and tech studio in Zurich (see a portfolio of their work here). It shares approximately 40 (free) data visualization tools, including a couple that I hadn’t heard about before but can’t wait to try out. Each is presented with a small snapshot of example output.

Hot Tip: Roll over an example box and in the upper right hand corner click the small “+” – this will open up further information and site links.

Hotter Tip: In the upper right hand corner of the site you’ll see Code? With a check box or x beside it. This is subtle in somewhat annoying gray on black. Select the checkbox for “I am happy to write some code on my own” and the x for “I don’t want to bother even looking at programming code.” If, like me, your programming skills are iffy, using this filter saves a great deal of time.

Rad Resource Curation of Data Visualizaton Tool Tutorials at This set of tuturials is curated by Len de Groot who works as a Digital Media Trainer for the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. While definitely not comprehensive, it can help you to fill in some of the gaps in your knowledge base, and even learn the skills needed to tackle some of the more complicated recommendations from today’s first resource recommendation. One notable challenge with this set though is that you may need to try out a number of tutorials to get a feel for the level of assumed pre-requisite knowledge.

The above content reflects my own opinions and not necessarily those of the American Evaluation Association.

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