Data Visualization Studio
Data Viz Studio is a space where students and faculty discover how to present their data in beautiful and meaningful ways. Come for consultations, workshops, and group or individual tutorials on all things covering data visualization, design, interaction, and communicating information graphically.
- A PC computer loaded with popular data visualization and graphic design software
- Interactive touch screen display
- Collaborative workstations with monitors
- Surround sound capabilities
- A large wall-mounted monitor
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- And more!
Data Visualization Guides
Collections of Tools
- Visualising Data – Resources (over 300 data viz and design tools listed!)
- médialab – Tools (collection of tools created by Paris (FR) based SciencesPo – Médialab
Freeware and Subscription-based visualization and graphics editing software, apps, and APIs
- Tableau (for students) (for instructors)
- Gephi – Gephi is the leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free.
- TIBCO Spotfire for Education
- Maya® | Computer Animation & 3D Modeling Software | Free Software for Students & Educators
- Inkscape (Similar to Adobe Illustrator©)
- GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) (Similar to Adobe Photoshop©)
- Google Chart Tools
- D3.js – Data-Driven Documents
- Sci2 Tool : A Tool for Science of Science Research and Practice
- Periscope Data
- The R Project
- Web GL (Also see the Web3D Consortium)
- Google Maps APIs
- Wordle – Create
Websites about Data Visualization
Data Viz in the News
Color Pickers (Quantitative and Qualitative palettes)
- Tableau Training and Tutorial Videos (and sample files)
- Learn how to use Gephi
- IVMOOC (Information Visualization Massive Online Open Course
Infographic Templates (free and paid options)
Patrons and users in the Studio are responsible for the following:
- Upon arrival, inform the student worker that you have a scheduled booking.
- Arrive within 30 minutes of your booking time or the reservation is forfeited, and the room becomes available for others on a first-come, first-served basis for the remainder of the reservation period.
- Leave the room in good condition for the next patrons, including resetting the room and placing trash in trash bins.
- You will be billed for repair or replacement for broken, lost, or stolen equipment. Amount of replacement costs are available upon request. Equipment will be assessed upon completion of booking to determine if these costs are necessary.
- Report any problems or issues with the space or equipment a Studio staff member immediately.
- Don’t leave your personal property unattended, including library materials that have been checked out. The Library is not liable for loss/damage to personal property.
Personal Data and Information
- Studios equipment is preloaded with available applications, and temporary storage space is available during your booking. Long-term storage is not guaranteed. We are not responsible for, nor can we recover, lost data.
- Reservations are limited to 2 hours total per person, per day but could be extended with special permission from management.
- Equipment owned by the University Libraries should not be removed from the Studio without prior approval from management.
- Studios are not intended to provide privacy. Library staff may enter the rooms as needed for security, maintenance, or other reasons.
- Library Management reserves the right to resolve schedule problems by adjusting reservations or schedules.
- To cancel a reservation, login to bookings.lib.vt.edu.
Repeated violations of these policies could result in administrative action, including – but not limited to – deletion of reservations or removal of an individual’s ability to make Studios reservations.
Please note, Studios’ management does not guarantee the availability of all advertised hardware or software due to unforeseen maintenance. Some advanced equipment may require consultation with the Studio manager before it will be made available.