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Basic Data Visualisation Principles

Data visualisation tools assist in creating colorful and professional charts, maps and graphs based on your research data. The following online tools are freely available.

Note: Ensure you de-identify sensitive data before uploading to online sites.


  • Create Charts or Smart Art directly to your PowerPoint slides. Easy, customisable options. Simply go to the Inset > Charts > add data


  • Free online platform for creating charts,maps, and tables. Can upload data from via copy & paste, XLS/CSV file or Google Sheet

D3js Observable Plot

  • Free and subscription online platform for creating a wide range visual formats, particularly for use in web browsers.
  • A bit of a learning curve using HTML, SVG and CSS to create visuals using 'Document Object Model' manipulation.

Tableau Public

  • Free version of the Tableau data visualisation platform compatible with data in Excel, CSV, PDF and Google Sheets formats.
  • Recommended for public and open data. Beware -  visualisations will be saved and shared on your public profile.

Design platforms such as Canva also have options for creating charts and graphs.

 More online tools here  

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