Every bit of Data has a story to tell, if it can be visualized.The main goal of data visualization is to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means. Bar charts scatter graphs and maps are examples of simple data visualizations that have been used for many Thousands of years, though Minards map was arguably the first “Rock star” data visualization diagram of recent times.
Noteworthy amongst them is Ptolemy’s Geographia (2ndCentury AD), where he mapped the world as then known to man
- UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library, web-site from the UN Environment Programme with hundreds of examples of thematic map. Very useful.
- Map history has extensive links to online map resources, including several large collections of images online and articles on the history of cartography.
- IslamicCartography A weblog on Islamic cartography by Tarek Kahlaoui a PhD student in the University of Pennsylvania
- The ubiquitous Google maps– Search, Create, share, download.
- Platial, The People’s Atlas User-created maps– Helps you search maps by defining criteria
- A list of visualization tools on Wikiviz.
- 10 Innovative online visualization tools