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This is an online application that presents backdated meteorological data from Augsburg, Germany. The tool combines the advantages of several static visualisations, such as tables, line graphs and bar charts into a streamlined display. The application is fully interactive and allows the user to look at the information from any angle she wants, literally.
The user can select the dimension to be displayed (temperature, luminosity and others) as well as the relevant time points. Additionally, the main display can be completely rotated and information for specific data points can be retrieved by the user.
Benefits & pitfalls to avoid
Line-charts imply that data is continuously changing. If your data is discrete you might consider a bar-chart instead.
Use of 3D for presenting data can obscure values, for example where low-value data points lie behind high-value points. Allowing the user to interact with the visualisation, eg rotating or moving the view, can get round this issue.
Create your own
Some combination charts, such as bar and line charts, can be created in standard applications such as Excel (using more than one axis). Others can be combined by saving visualisations as image files and combining in an image editor.
There are several commercial tools for developing Dashboards, including Tableau. Some types of dashboard can be created in Excel, see the Microsoft Office site and Charts blog.
Time lines can be created in a range of standard data applications such as Excel More sophisticated visualisations can be created using commercial packages such as Tableau, or development languages such as Processing.
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