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Interactive dashboard of UK fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq

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An interactive dashboard, showing UK fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq. Users can change the timeframe to explore changes over time.
Average rating: 10 (1 votes)

Pie and zoom-in-stacked column

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Ethnic minority breakdown in a Rotherham ward.
Average rating: 10 (1 votes)

Zoom-in Map

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Map of deprivation with zoom-ins for key areas.
Average rating: 10 (2 votes)
Visual types:

map, choropleth map

Gastner/Newman cartogram

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This is a Gastner/Newman cartogram of the 2007 Parliamentary Constituencies. Each constituency is roughly the same size, whilst retaining something of its original shape. The colour shows the Government Office Region.
Average rating: 9.5 (2 votes)

Interactive shaded map

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This is an interactive visualisation that allows the ranked display of information for most countries in the world on three dimensions: health, living standard and education. The data displayed is available through the United Nations Development Programme and goes from 2003 to 2008.
Average rating: 9.3 (3 votes)

Map of fifty years of space exploration

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Representation of all solar, lunar and interplanetary missions.
Average rating: 9.3 (4 votes)
Visual types:

map

Doughnut pie

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Proportion of average weekly household expenditure by rural and urban areas, 2005-6.
Average rating: 9 (1 votes)

Emission Map

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Emissions map of Carbon Monoxide per square kilometre.
Average rating: 9 (2 votes)
Visual types:

map, isoline map

Map (environmental)

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Map of environmental features of a local area, identifying environmental risks (including climate change) and assets (including water resources). Links visual information with policy based implications.
Average rating: 9 (2 votes)
Visual types:

map, base map

Maps showing overlap between two indicators

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The three maps show Local Authorities with (1) high levels of BNP membership, (2) large non-white populations, and (3) both high levels of BNP membership and large non-white populations. The use of the blue, red and overlap purple colours make this a geographic "Venn diagram", allowing viewers to quickly identify areas with high levels on two separate datasets.
Average rating: 9 (2 votes)

Bubble chart of UK public spending by government department

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Total UK government public spending, by department. The area of the circles represents the total spend, and the colours are used to distinguish the different departments
Average rating: 9 (36 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart, area chart

Interactive population pyramid

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An example of the use of a visualisation for demography. This pyramid is powered with interactive features to explore the poupulation structure in different territories of Australia.
Average rating: 8.7 (8 votes)
Visual types:

population pyramid

Chart Chooser

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A "chart of charts" to help users decide what the best chart is, depending on their needs.
Average rating: 8.3 (3 votes)
Visual types:

conditional tree

Interactive map

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This is a colour coded map designed to summarize the information related to the flight ban caused by the Icelandic volcano in April 2010
Average rating: 8 (1 votes)
Visual types:

base map

Maptube Google map overlay

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Mood map showing sentiment about job security in East of England (as gathered from online BBC survey).
Average rating: 8 (2 votes)
Visual types:

map, choropleth map

Time line of the political landscape in Germany

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This visualisation combines the characteristics of a time line with those of a bar graph to display the proportional political composition of parties in the government and opposition from 1950 to 2009. There is plenty of information for each data point in the annotations that accompany the graph.
Average rating: 8 (1 votes)

"Spike" map

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Interactive United States population density map.
Average rating: 7.6 (24 votes)

Annotated Google map

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Google maps mash-up showing roadworks in West Sussex.
Average rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
Visual types:

map, point location map

Area graph: Pets' carbon print

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Area chart with a comparison of the carbon print of several pets against the carbon print of some popular cars.
Average rating: 7.2 (5 votes)
Visual types:

area chart

Data table with line chart

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Comparing total recorded offence trend within each CDRP within Leicestershire compared to the overall county trend.
Average rating: 7.1 (8 votes)
Visual types:

line chart, table

Bubble map

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Location of high-tech companies and size of workforce.
Average rating: 7 (4 votes)
Visual types:

map, bubble chart, bubble map

London Underground lavatories

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Where to go when you're on the go.
Average rating: 7 (1 votes)
Visual types:

map, base map

Qualitative data presentation - standard

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In the majority of cases qualitative data is presented like this. It is the text in its raw form although the quotes will be organised by theme, which is an important part of the analysis phase. It is also common to anonymise the quotes. In some cases, it is best to present the data like this; it contains the richness of meaning.
Average rating: 7 (2 votes)
Visual types:

qualitative

Thematic brainstorm

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Brainstorm of sustainability issues.
Average rating: 7 (4 votes)
Visual types:

qualitative, pictorial

Bubble map with geographical detail

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Metropolitan 'megaregions' of America.
Average rating: 7 (3 votes)
Visual types:

map, bubble map

Bar chart

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Deaths from smoking across the six towns, 2002-6 average annual rate per 100,000.
Average rating: 6.8 (6 votes)

Office space availability

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Diagram showing location and type of office space available in San Francisco skyscrapers.
Average rating: 6.5 (3 votes)
Visual types:

bar chart, pictorial

Adjacent bubble charts comparing popular topics

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An interactive exploration of how current topics across American politicians on Twitter compares to those across American news outlets on Twitter.
Average rating: 6.4 (5 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Stream graph

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This visualisation is a combination of an area graph and a time line. The areas here are used to represent the gross box office results of movies relased between 1986 and 2008. The visualisation is enhanced with links to reviews of the movies included.
Average rating: 6.1 (7 votes)

Area graph: salt content

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A visualization intended to contrast salt content between several foods.
Average rating: 6.1 (8 votes)
Visual types:

pictorial

Map view of a Similarity graph

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This map shows the relationship between 1000 tv shows as a function of their similarity. Each show is linked directly to the 10 most similar shows, which in turn have been grouped into clusters or 'countries'. This mapping techinque is being applied to the visualisation of consumer recommendations, not only for television, but also for music and books.
Average rating: 6 (1 votes)

Pictorial bar chart

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Fuel use of various modes of transport.
Average rating: 6 (2 votes)
Visual types:

bar chart, pictorial

Timeseries map

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Votes by state for all US presidential elections.
Average rating: 6 (1 votes)
Visual types:

map, table, choropleth map

Virtual world weather map

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Second Life object developed by Daden Ltd, showing UK weather reports from data brought in externally via a Yahoo RSS feed.
Average rating: 6 (2 votes)
Visual types:

map, virtual world

Pictorial stacked percentage chart

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Percentage of carbon cost for various activities involved in making one bottle of Innocent smoothie vs one can of Coke.<br /><br />There is a major misleading aspect to this visualisation: The use of varying widths for the two bars suggests to the viewer that the coke can produces significantly more CO2 than the smoothie bottle. Examination of the text shows that this is not the case.
Average rating: 6 (3 votes)

Venn Diagram

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Venn diagrams are usually used to visualise the space where a set lies in relation to other sets. In this case, the diagram is used to illustrate the key components of data visualisation the along the dimensions of information and design. The intersection areas are all clearly named and indicate explicitly the outcomes to be achieved when putting more or less emphasis in each area. Readers interested in topic might want to see our <a href="http://improving-visualisation.org/case-studies/id=6"> guide on data visualisation.</a>
Average rating: 6 (3 votes)
Visual types:

venn diagram

3D Map

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3D-rendered map of London showing landmarks and accurate locations of tube lines.
Average rating: 5.8 (10 votes)
Visual types:

map

Bar chart

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Percentage of 11 year olds achieving Level 4 or above in Key Stage 2 tests for English and mathematics in England.
Average rating: 5.5 (2 votes)

Olympic medals result

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This infographic presents the final medal count for the 2008 Beijing Olympics in several dimensions. The central part shows the distribution of medals by continent using proportional sized pie charts to reflect the count. The inner circles of the pie charts are split by the type of medal. The same technique is applied in the other dimensions presented: medals by geopolitical groups (China, EU, ex soviet republics) , by sport (swimming, athletics, gymnastics) , by GDP and by population. It also contains full information of the final medal count by country and a day-by-day gold medal count (annotated bar char in the lower half). All parts of the visualisation are commented to give an overall picture of the event.
Average rating: 5.5 (4 votes)
Visual types:

pie chart, bar chart, table

Wordle

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The most frequently used words in a text. The Wordle can visualise the relationship between a column of words and column of numbers. Or, it can strip out the punctuation and show word frequency within a text.
Average rating: 5.3 (9 votes)
Visual types:

qualitative

Bar chart

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US political party affiliations for religious traditions (in contrast to <a href="http://datavis/edit.php?id=123">this bubble chart</a>).
Average rating: 5 (2 votes)

Line area graph

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This visualisation presents the number of foreign high school students in the US in 2008 and contrast it with the number of US students going abroad. The total volume of students is represented by the area covered by the lines.
Average rating: 5 (6 votes)

Compound map with selectable doughnut chart

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Breakdown by area of under-18 profiles on national DNA database.
Average rating: 4.5 (3 votes)

Time line: Globlal media scare stories

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This time line relies on the use of area charts on several depth levels. Each chart presents the number of stories per topic against time giving a good sense of the evolution trough time of media coverage of some recent news.
Average rating: 4.5 (6 votes)

Pictorial illustration of data

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Picture image illustrating a statistic (that one in five people eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day).
Average rating: 4.3 (4 votes)
Visual types:

pictorial

Area graph: meat consumption

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This infographic makes use of an eye catching area graph in the shape of cow to display a ranking of meat consumption, expressed in pounds per capita, in 20 countries around the world. The graph is colour coded to differentiate the top and bottom 10 countries. This is supplemented by a visual key that contextualises the information by giving the weight in pounds of several objects and animals.
Average rating: 4.2 (12 votes)

Comparative bubble chart

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Bubble map comparing landmass and population to measure population density. The outer bubble depicts area(sq km) and the inner bubble depicts population. The larger the inner bubble relative to the outer bubble, the higher the level of population density.
Average rating: 4 (1 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Bar chart - 3D

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Number of people with dementia in Kent by level of severity and age.
Average rating: 3.1 (14 votes)
Visual types:

bar chart

Google map integration

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Google map generated by MySociety's <a href="http://www.groupsnearyou.com/" target="_blank">http://www.groupsnearyou.com/</a> to show areas covered by various groups within a local vicinity.
Average rating: 3 (1 votes)
Visual types:

map, point location map

Postcode map

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Googlemap overlayed with postcode data
Average rating: 3 (1 votes)
Visual types:

map

Stacked bubbles

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These bubbles visualise the expectations of people to see a woman as President of the United States.
Average rating: 2.5 (2 votes)
Visual types:

bubble chart

Interactive trend chart

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Percentage change in UK house prices over time for data from three sources.
Average rating: 2 (1 votes)
Visual types:

animation, line chart

Opinion change over time - with photo prompts

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Shows how visualisations have changed over time. Use of photos to make the issue explicit.
Average rating: 2 (1 votes)
Visual types:

table, pictorial

Road map

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All of the streets in the lower 48 United States: an image of 26 million individual road segments. The density represented corresponds to the density of the street network.
Average rating: 2 (1 votes)
Visual types:

map, road map

Stacked pie

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This chart shows that that there are different numbers of people who find that various professions 'prestigious'.
Average rating: 2 (2 votes)
Visual types:

pie chart

Summary plot - LAA roles

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Chart summarising roles of different organisations within a Local Area Agreement. Useful for benchmarking, comparing areas by responsibility. Cross tabular information
Average rating: 2 (1 votes)
Visual types:

table, thematic table

Word cloud

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Partners word cloud, with size of the words based on the frequency that specific issues/ factors were raised in strategy documents
Average rating: 2 (2 votes)

Doughnut chart

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This is an illustration of Britain's Budget for 2010. It is a variation of the pie chart accompanied by information of the relative share of each slice in billions of Pounds.
Unrated
Visual types:

pie chart, doughnut

Doughnut chart of UK public spending and income

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How much money does the UK have coming in this year - and where will the spending be?
Unrated
Visual types:

doughnut

Faumaxion slippy map

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Draggable world map that re-orients to points North.
Unrated
Visual types:

map

House price increase through energy saving measures infographic

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Graphic showing the average house price increases (%)for more energy efficient homes. The graphic shows that the value of homes is increased by 14% on average and up to 38% in some parts of England through energy saving improvements.
Unrated
Visual types:

map

Interactive table

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This visualization presents large groups of text by using a simple key coloured table that allows the user select a category to reveal more detail. Within each category, the user can see the manifestos of Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat for the May 2010 elections. This type of graph is a appealing alternative to standard tables.
Unrated
Visual types:

table

Interactive time series

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It is a common practice to create indexes to summarize complex information, in this case about the economy. The drawback of indexes is that they sometimes hide the variation of the information they are based on. This visualization presents the evolution of both the index across time and its underlying indicators. For example, it is easy to see how the decrease of the economic outlook has been followed by a reduction of the number of hours worked in the private sector.
Unrated

Interactive timeline

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This is a tool designed to explore the history of visualization by placing interactive milestones along a timeline. The milestones include graphs, maps and technology that have made possible the change in visualization methods. Each milestone is linked to a detailed explanation and a visual example.
Unrated
Visual types:

time line

Is the world getting better or worse? Interactive animation

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A set of visualisations telling the story twenty years on from the 1992 Rio Earth summit. Encourages users to review the evidence on a range of factors including population, life expectancy, child mortality, ecological footprint, poverty, hunger, food production, GDP, social change, life satisfaction, battle deaths and biodiversity, then decide whether the world is getting better or worse.
Unrated

Layered map

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Dan Vicker's Output Area Classification (OAC) layered on top of Google map using Maptube.
Unrated
Visual types:

map, choropleth map

Local crime mapping

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The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) now provides crime mapping for all of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. Residents can search for a village, town, or postcode to access the latest information on a range of crime types and compare with other neighborhoods. Data is mapped using Bing Maps, with time series trends shown for the different crime types.
Unrated

Map defining administrative boundaries

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Map with key to help identify the location of an area.
Unrated
Visual types:

map, base map

Map with accompanying table identifying areas on the map with the high/low scores

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Map showing the ratio of overseas migrants to internal migrants across Local Authority Districts in England.
Unrated
Visual types:

map, table, choropleth map

Square pie / Waffle chart

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Data on women in information technology using square pie. A square is divided into 10x10 fields, and for each number, as many fields are filled in as there are percent. Consequently, the numbers remain readable by simply counting the number of fields covered by one colour. Taking a hint from squarified treemaps, the areas should also be as square as possible for better comparability.<br />The square pie chart is for completely flat data that adds up to 100%, whereas the treemap shows structured data: a hierarchy. They may end up looking the same, but the meaning is not.
Unrated
Visual types:

pie chart

State tagcloud

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Various presidential election statistics displayed as state or county tagcloud.
Unrated

Travel time map (static)

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Map of London showing travel time from various locations to Department of Transport, Pimlico.
Unrated
Visual types:

map, isoline map