Visualising quantitative data

Data visualisation

For more than a century social scientists have been using graphs, charts and maps to represent data. They do this both to communicate large volumes of data and to assist in the analysis of data.

The pioneering work of political scientist Edward Tufte (interviewed here by the Financial Times) established many of the principles followed by today's leading exponents of data visualisation. Below are some examples of data visualisation projects, websites and lectures for you to explore:

  • Gapminder: a fact-based worldview (based on the work of Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling)