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 in this example 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)
- Hans Rosling's celebrated Wealth & Health of Nations (interactive chart of how countries have developed since 1800)
- Anne Milgram: Why smart statistics are the key to fighting crime (TED talk, November 2013)
- Information is beautiful, based on the work of David McCandless, data journalist and information designer
- David McCandless: The beauty of data visualisation (TED talk, July 2010)
- Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating (TED talk, April 2013)
- Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen (TED talk, February 2006)