3D World Studio is a modeling program useful for visualizing real world data utilizing tools developed within computer gaming environments. The program allows you to create buildings and terrain and export your visualization into a variety of formats.
Professional standard software for creating original vector-based graphics. Includes powerful drawing tools and brushes.
The ai file format is a common vector format for exchange and its feature set allows creation of complex vector artwork. Illustrator imports over two dozen formats (including PDF and SVG). Of particular use to data visualization is importation of SVG, or scalar vector graphics, which is an W3C recommendation, and is often exported from other programs.
Photoshop is a comprehensive photo editing tool produced by Adobe Systems. Users can manipulate photos, graphics, and other raster images using a variety of tools and predefined filters. Photoshop also allows users to record specific photo editing steps, which allows for automated batch processing. Photoshop is available as a stand-alone product, but is also part of Adobe's "Creative Suite" family of products. Photoshop Extended is an enhancement to Photoshop, and provides for enhanced 3D creation and editing.
"Amber" refers to two things: a set of molecular mechanical force fields for the simulation of biomolecules (Amber) and a package of molecular simulation programs which includes source code and demos (AmberTools).
ArcGIS Desktop is a collection of software products for building complete geographic information systems (GIS). produced by Esri. ArcGIS Desktop 9 provides an integrated GIS, combining object-oriented and traditional file-based data models with a set of tools to create and work with geographic data. The following three applications comprise the ArcGIS Desktop software suite:
Asymptote is a vector graphics language that can be used for technical drawing.
Being a language, it gives ultimate control to the user. Typesetting of labels and equations is done by LaTeX, which produces high-quality PostScript output. It provides a portable standard for typesetting mathematical figures and generates output in PostScript, PDF, SVG, or 3D PRC vector graphics.
CrowdLabs is a system that supports community sharing, visualization and analysis of workflows using a philosophy employed by social web sites.
CrowdLabs features the ability to interact with the workflows through a Web browser. Workflow provenance is captured allowing scientists to publish their process as well as their results. For the latter, CrowdLabs generates links to the process that can be embedded in Wiki and HTML pages, as well as LaTeX documents.
DBDesigner 4 is an open source visual data design application that includes functionality for database design and data modeling. It is primarily designed for use with the Open Source database platform MySQL. It includes specific functionality for database and data design including documentation, Structured Query Language (SQL), and reverse database engineering for any ODBC-compatible database. For the MySQL database platform DBDesigner has largely been succeeded by MySQL Workbench which is an integrated development environment (IDE) .
Erdas Imagine is an image processing software package that allows users to process both geospatial and other imagery as well as vector data. Erdas can also handle hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR from various sensors. Erdas also offers a 3D viewing module (VirtualGIS) and a vector module for modeling. The native programming language is EML (Erdas Macro Language). Erdas is integrated within other GIS and remote sensing applications and the storage format for the imagery can be read in many other applications (*.img files).
ArcGIS Explorer is a geographical information system (GIS) viewer to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. It provides a freely-distributable way to share products produced by ESRI's commercial products.
There are two versions: one for the desktop, the other on-line. The on-line version includes support for time-enabled maps.
ArcGIS Server is a component of the ESRI suite of commercial software focused on the ability to create, manage, and distribute GIS services over the Web to support desktop, mobile and Web mapping applications.
The user can choose from Basic, Standard, or Advanced editions of ArcGIS Server. Costs vary depending on the level of service required.
The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator is a tool to help users learn about how carbon stores in the forest change over time.
The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator integrates a number of kinds of software to gather information from users, process, and then output results. The foundation for the Calculator is a model called LANDCARB that is designed to simulate the dynamics of living and dead pools of carbon in forest stands and landscapes. It also includes a submodel that estimates how harvested carbon is manufactured into forest products, as well as how these are used, and disposed.
GeoServer is a Java-based Open Source software map server that enables the sharing and editing of geospatial data on the Internet via open standards. It implements the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Feature Service (WFS), and Web Coverage Service (WCS) standards. It can serve data that can be displayed on common mapping client applications such as ArcMap, Google Maps, Google Earth, Yahoo Maps, and Microsoft Virtual Earth as well as Open Source applications such as OpenLayers and MapServer.
GIMP is an open source and free alternative to Photoshop. It is intended for use with Raster graphics, and can be used for creating new images, retouching photographic images and converting files to different file types. Gimp supports most image file types as well as other graphical image manipulation program file types. It is also possible to create custom scripts to automate a variety of tasks.
Google Charts is a combination of two application programming interfaces (APIs), Google Chart API and Google Visualization API. Google Chart API creates static visualizations of data and embeds them into webpages. Some HTML programming experience is recommended. Available visualization types include standard scatter, line, bar, pie, and box charts as well as Venn diagrams, dynamic icons or callouts, formulas, and connectivity graphs. In addition, maps can be made and embedded into webpages.
Google Earth is a flexible mapping and display tool that is installed on a local computer, and accesses on-line data sources provided by Google. These data sources include aerial imagery at a variety of scales and additional data hosted by Google. The user needs to have internet access to view the data provided by Google. Once Google Earth is installed it allows the user to "zoom in" and view satellite and photographic images on any place in the world.
Google Fusion Tables is a free Google Labs application for data management, integration and collaboration and visualizing data online. It allows the uploading and sharing data, merging data from multiple tables into interesting derived tables, and seeing the most up-to-date data from all sources. The Google Fusion Tables Application Programming Interface (API) lets the user query the data, insert rows, update data, and delete rows. It also provides authorization functionality so that data in Google Fusion Tables can be made accessible to applications as well as individuals.
Google Maps is web-based application that provides for web-enabled map creation. Google Maps includes a suite of supporting products including:
Google Public Data Explorer provides an interface for exploring, visualizing and sharing large datasets. Its interactive visualization tools enable changes to be tracked over time. Although primarily intended to enable non-specialists to interrogate public datasets, users can also upload their own data after describing them in Datset Publishing Language (DSPL). The tool is in beta form.
HDFView is a visual tool for browsing, viewing, managing and editing HDF4 (Hierarchical Data Format) and HDF5 binary data files. HDF files are designed to contain large amounts of numerical or other data.
The tool allows you to view the hierarchical file structure, create and edit new files, groups, datasets, dataset contents, and attributes of the data.
Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a high-level language for data manipulation, visualization and analysis. IDL has strong signal and image processing capabilities and extensive math and statistical functions. There is extensive web support with hundreds of freely available applications from a large userbase. IDL includes mapping tools and direct access to standard databases. The IDL development environment requires minimal programming skills.
Keynote is an Apple's presentation software. Presentation software is primarily used for composing "slides" for presentations. Emphasis is on graphics and animation. Keynote files can be saved as PowerPoint.
Many Eyes is data visualization service that gives users the capability to upload their data to the website, then choose what types of visualizations they would like to generate. Choices include text analysis, comparisons, trend tracking, mapping, and relationships among data points.
Many Eyes was developed by the IBM's Collaborative User Experience (CUE) Research group in the Visual Communication Lab.
MapWindow GIS is a free desktop geographic information system (GIS) application with an extensible plug-in architecture. It also includes a GIS ActiveX control and a fully C# GIS application programmer’s interface (API) called DotSpatial that can be used by software developers. MapWindow can be used as an open-source alternative to many commercial desktop GIS software packages, it can be used to distribute data to others who may not have a GIS, and it can be used to develop and distribute custom geospatial data analysis tools, or plug-ins.
PowerPoint is commercial presentation software that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides". Slides may contain text, graphics, sound, animation, movies, and other objects. The presentation can be printed (with or without speaker notes), displayed or projected live by computer, or exported as an animated movie. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.
In order to view PowerPoint files, the user either must have PowerPoint installed or have the free PowerPoint Viewer installed.
Minitab 16 is commercial software for data analysis, graphing, and statistics. It is interactive and menu-driven, and users are guided through the data analysis process according to "assistant" dialog boxes. The software can be used to run basic statistics including parametric regression and analysis of variance, survival analysis, and a limited number of multivariate analysis. Users can also graph data and statistical models, analyze experimental design and do power analysis, and store and manipulate data.
National Instruments LabVIEW is a sophisticated application for the creation and management of engineering and scientific measurement, test, data collection and control systems. LabVIEW includes a graphical user interface that allows external hardware devices such as mechanical or electronic sensors to be configured and operated using "point-and-click" methods. Networks of sensors and processing devices can be joined together using flowchart-like "wire" connectors. Both physical and virtual (software-based) devices are supported.
NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Excel 2007 and 2010 that lets you enter a network edge list, click a button, and see the network graph, all in the Excel window.
You can customize the graph’s appearance; zoom, scale and pan the graph; dynamically filter vertices and edges; alter the graph’s layout; find clusters of related vertices; and calculate graph metrics. Networks can be imported from and exported to a variety of file formats, and built-in connections for getting networks from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube.
Ocean Data View (ODV) is desktop software for analysis and visualization of oceanographic, atmospheric and other geo-referenced profile or time-series data.
- Input format is basic spreadsheet-styled data tables
- Users can customize their configurations with high resolution bathymetry, coastlines, and other reference material
- Data and configuration files are platform-independent and can be exchanged between different systems
ODV is particularly useful for:
Oriana is a tool for calculating statistics for circular or radial data (angles or directions measured in degrees, time of day, day of week, month of year, etc.). It can be used for orientation data (direction taken from a point), for describing and comparing species temporal distributions and ranges, and other types of data that are not directly handled in most statistics packages.
OriginPro is an expanded version of Origin, both of which are software for data management, statistics, and graphics. OriginPro is point-and-click interactive software and uses multiple windows to manage data and run analyses. A variety of graphics can be created using a graph editor and exported for incorporation with the Microsoft Office suite. Data management is done through worksheets bundled into project management files.
Panoply is a cross-platform application which plots geo-gridded arrays from netCDF, HDF and GRIB datasets. It supports the following operations:
Photofiltre is a simple, free image editing application that offers the standard adjustment functions (Brightness, contrast, dyed, saturation, gamma correction), layers, and also artistic filters (watercolor, pastels, Indian ink, pointillism, puzzle effect). Photofiltre can also use Photoshop plug-ins.
SPYDER is a free software environment for visualization, numerical calculation, and data analysis. It provides a graphical development environment for the Python programming language and leverages many scientific and engineering packages including Matplotlib, NumPy and others. It is available on Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux.
SigmaPlot is a commercial software package primarily used for data analysis and publication-quality visualization. Data can be input directly into a table or imported from basic ascii or Microsoft Excel files. Data summarization (e.g., mean, sum) and analysis tools (e.g., parametric and non-parametric statistics, regression, and correlation) operate on the data at a click of the mouse. Graphs or charts in 2-D or 3-D (e.g., line, bar, and pie charts, histograms, heat maps, surfaces) are created via a wizard. Batches of files can be analyzed and graphed automatically.
Spotfire is a data analysis and visualization tool. It allows users to perform ad-hoc analysis and build custom analytic applications. It supports data imports from spreadsheets and relational databases, as well as real-time and event-driven data. Besides visualization, Spotfire also incorporates statistics functions.
Stata 11 is software for data management, statistics, and graphics. Stata uses point-and-click interaction and help to guide users through tasks. Logs can be created and stored as repeatable scripts, so that data management and analysis are completely documented. Users can perform statistical analyses ranging from basic statistical summaries and linear regression models to multilevel mixed-effects modeling, generalized linear modeling, resampling and simulation, and many multivariate analyses. A graph editor allows users to produce figures based on the data and statistical models.
STATISTICA is a proprietary analytical software package developed by StatSoft that includes data visualization, data analysis, data management, and data mining tools. It is a primarily graphical user interface (GUI) application.
STELLA (Systems Thinking for Education and Research; from isee Systems) is a modeling software package that diagrams, charts, and uses animation help visual learners discover relationships between variables and helps simplify model building. Stella handles time series, sensitivity, and simulation models well and has a 'drag and drop' modeling interface. Users can download a free trial that has significant features.
Tableau supports the analysis of tabular data from spreadsheets and relational databases. The tool provides a visual interface that allows users to import data and interactively explore the data through visualizations. These visualizations are created through a graphical user interface that allows users to build queries by dragging and dropping attribute names from tables and spreadsheets.
Tableau also has Tableau Public, which is free visualization software that can be published to the web.
The THREDDS Data Server (TDS) is a web server that provides metadata and data access for scientific datasets, using OPeNDAP, OGC WMS and WCS, HTTP, and other remote data access protocols. It's features include:
UCINET is a comprehensive package for the analysis of social network data as well as other 1-mode and 2-mode data. Social network analysis methods include centrality measures, subgroup identification, role analysis, elementary graph theory, and permutation-based statistical analysis. In addition, the package has strong matrix analysis routines, such as matrix algebra and multivariate statistics.
Integrated with UCINET is the NetDraw program for drawing diagrams of social networks.
VisTrails is an open-source scientific workflow and provenance management system developed at the University of Utah that provides support for data exploration and visualization. Whereas workflows have been traditionally used to automate repetitive tasks, for applications that are exploratory in nature, such as simulations, data analysis and visualization, very little is repeated---change is the norm.