Visualization tools can help make sense of your data, regardless of the source. These can range from tools to visualize where your users are coming from on a map, to tools that let you visualize the data in your collection, to tools for visualizing networks of users, resources, or any other connected collections.

The links included here are just the tip of the iceberg as far as visualization on the web is concerned. However, they can get you started and give you some idea of the possibilities for visualizing information related to the impact of your collection, or to present your collection visually to engage with your audience and as a result enhance your impact.



Dipity (  creates timelines that can be shared on the web.

Google Charts ( lets you create charts, but also embed charts and data on your website.

Many Eyes ( "is set up to allow the entire internet community to upload data, visualize it, and talk about their discoveries with other people"

Neatline ( "allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines"

NodeXL ( is a tool that not only enables access to social media data (from Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and others), but also helps you visualize the networks within that data.

Visual Eyes ( is "a web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations."

Weave ( is a web-based tool that allows you to overlay data on maps.

Wordle ( lets you take a collection of words and automatically group them by size and arrange them into a variety of word-cloud visualizations.


Other resources

Edward Tufte ( is a leading thinker on how to visualize information effectively. His books are incredibly useful (and beautiful) resources for thinking how to present information visually.

Floating Sheep Blog ( Floating sheep is written by geographers who come up with creative ways to map and visualize interesting data about the world around us.

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science ( has a large collection of visualizations of science.