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Tools for multivariate data

  • Datagraph, DataGraph is a simple and powerful graphing application for Mac OS X. It is a great companion for Excel, Numbers or any of the big statistical packages. Commercial product with free demo available.
  • GGobi, is visualization software for viewing high-dimensional data. A variety of multivariate graphics such as tours and parallel coordinate plots are available.
  • Mondrian, is a general purpose statistical data-visualization system written in JAVA. It features outstanding visualization techniques for Categorical Data, Geographical Data and LARGE Data.
  • Omniscope data explorer. It's a commercial tool for multi-view interactive data analysis, filtering and presentation on the Web.
  • Tableau Public, is a free application that brings data to life. Create and share interactive charts and graphs, stunning maps, live dashboards and fun applications in minutes then publish anywhere on the web.
  • Visulab, (short for visualisation laboratory) is an experimental software package for the comparative visualisation of multivariate data. The latest Release of this software is designed as an Add-In to work in Microsoft Excel 2000, XP, 2003 and up.
  • Xmdvtool. Public-domain software package for the interactive visual exploration of multivariate data sets.

Tools for network data and hierarchical data

Tools for textual data

  • IN-SPIRE. IN-SPIRE™ provides tools for exploring textual data, including Boolean and “topical” queries, term gisting, and time/trend analysis tools. This suite of tools allows the user to rapidly discover hidden information relationships by reading only pertinent documents.
  • Jigsaw: Visual Analytics for Exploring and Understanding Document Collections (prof. John T. Stasko) .
  • DocuBurst is an online document visualization tool for, Generating interactive visual summaries, Exploring keywords to uncover document themes or topics, Investigating intra-document word patterns, such as character relationships, Comparing documents, Commenting, annotating and sharing visualizations with others.


A toolkit is a software package that supports the development of several graphical representations. Most well known are:

  • Axiis. Axiis is a Data Visualization Framework for Flex. It has been designed to be a concise, expressive, and modular framework that let developers and designers create compelling data visualization solutions.
  • Flare visualization toolkit. Flare is a collection of ActionScript 3 classes for building a wide variety of interactive visualizations. For example, flare can be used to build basic charts, complex animations, network diagrams, treemaps, and more. Flare is written in the ActionScript 3 programming language and can be used to build visualizations that run on the web in the Adobe Flash Player.
  • Piccolo toolkit, from the University of Maryland. It's a toolkit focused on zooming interfaces. Available for Java and C#. URL:
  • Prefuse, from the Univeristy of California, Berkeley and Palo Alto Research Center. It allows to represent networks, hierarchies, and non-connected collections of data (timelines, scatterplots). It's written in Java. URL:
  • The InfoVis CyberInfrastructure, from University of Indiana. It's a generic toolkit that incorporates several representations. Runs with Java. URL:
  • The InfoVis Toolkit, from INRIA, France. A general infovis toolkit. The version 0.8, implements eight (8) types of visualization: Scatter Plots, Time Series and Parallel Coordinates for tables; Node-Link diagrams, Icicle trees and Treemaps for trees; Adjacency Matrices and Node-Link diagrams for graphs. Written in Java. URL:
  • GAV, from Linköping University, is a generic GeoAnalytics Visualization (GAV) component toolkit, based on the principles behind Visaul Analytics, but with more focus on the explorative data analysis (EDA).
  • GeoVISTA Studio is an open software development environment designed for geospatial data. By the Department of Geography of Penn State University. URL:
  • InfiView,, Ajax Framework for Data Visualization
  • JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit. The JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit provides tools for creating Interactive Data Visualizations for the Web.
  • Pajek, for large network analysis, from the University of Ljubljana. URL:
  • Protovis,, from Stanford Visualization Group. Protovis is free and open-source graphic library for web-native visualizations; no plugin required. Protovis composes custom views of data with simple marks such as bars and dots.
  • JUNG: Java Universal Network/Graph Framework, from the University of California, Irvine. It is a software library that provides a common and extendible language for the modeling, analysis, and visualization of data that can be represented as a graph or network. It is written in Java. URL:
  • The Visualization ToolKit (VTK), is an open source software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization. It consists of a C class library, and several interpreted interface layers including Tcl/Tk, Java, and Python. URL:

Generic Visualization tools

Statistics tools

Programming languages for visualizations