We create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. The rise of smartphones with GPS and internet connectivity, aerial sensors and sensors networks, and social networks are a few things that contribute to this massive amount of data.

Understanding this raw data can be difficult without the help of visual aids. Below are 3 options that can be used to make the task of visualizing data easier.



Plotly is a web based application that provides an easy way to produce professional charts There is a basic free version and 3 service tiers, ‘Personal-$396’, ‘Professional-$948’, and ‘On-Premise-$9950’. Plotly keeps a community gallery of the latest and greatest charts that are created – https://plot.ly/feed



Tableau may be the most popular data visualization tool. It is an application available for use with a 1 time purchase, ‘Personal-$999’ or ‘Professional-1,999’. It supports a wide variety of charts, graphs, maps and other graphics. Here is a gallery of projects created with Tableau – https://public.tableau.com/en-us/s/gallery


D3.js is a free JavaScript library created for data visualization. It requires coding and is meant for developers. It provides a great amount of control, allowing users to make very customized charts. The possibilities available with D3.js keep it top ranked on many data visualization lists – https://github.com/d3/d3/wiki/Gallery.

There are also other Javascript libraries built using D3.js as their foundation, that are also free.

NVD3,provides ready-made, and customizable standard chart components
RAW, simplifies the process of making charts, and even has an online tool
Crossfilter, used mainly for filtering very large datasets