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Visual Literacy: Graphic Data

This guide will help you to find, read, cite, edit and present images.

Information Graphic vs Data Visualization

Information Graphic

Data visualization

A graphical representation of data, information, or knowledge that includes non-data elements as well.

A graphical representation of quantifiable data (numerical), usually by means of well-known chart, graph or map types.

often non-quantifiable information

quantifiable information

often used to support information, strengthen it

typically a more complex examination of a set of statistics





often hand-crafted, often quite beautiful

often created automatically

used to tell a story

answer a question

show a process

point out a relationship

allows the viewer to explore the data/information in different ways
























Data Visualization Blogs/Websites

FREE (and FUN) Data Visualization Tools!

From: Wordle

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Understanding Infographics

Using Statistics

What is a statistic and how can you use them effectively in your work?

Books on Visualization