6: Recommended Reading/Viewing
You can download the slides from Geoff McGhee’s presentation “Getting Started with Data Visualization” here.
Manuel Lima, editor of Visual Complexity, published a manifesto on information visualization that attracted comments from some of the master practitioners of the craft.
The blog DataVis offers valuable resources for concepts and tools for visualization:
Smashing Magazine has produced some good roundups of visualization genres and techniques:
Web Designer Depot has more examples here.
Additional Info on Network Analysis Software and Services
R: (http://www.r-project.org/) For advanced users, R is free, open source, and it is a programming language, which makes it more pliant but also increases the steepness of the learning curve.
UCINET is a low cost (~$30) social network analysis program that works in tandem with freeware program called NETDRAW for visualizing networks. It is relatively easy to use and has good user manual data.
NodelXL is a useful tool for visualizing network graphs quickly and easily. It is an Excel plug-in developed by Microsoft engineers.
Pajek is another tool for visualizing network data. It offers more functionality than some
programs, but support and documentation suffer from translation issues (the product was developed in Slovenia).