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DVC 485: The "Art" of Research: Data Visualization & Statistics

This guide for students taking "The 'Art' of Research" serves as a starting point different modes and types of research

Introduction to Data Visualization

Data Visualization Guide - From the University of Texas Libraries, this guide is particularly useful for the process of cleaning data before turning it into a visualization.

Core Principles of Data Visualization - This site focuses on how to effectively and clearly present data via visualizations, and features numerous infographics.

Google Public Data Explorer - This site uses public data from a range of international organizations and academic institutions to create visualizations that can be viewed as bar or line graphs, cross sectional plots, or on maps.

Art Created with Data

Open Data Institute: Data as Culture - This site provides access to artwork based on datasets, commissioned by the Open Data Institute.

Deep Dream Generator - This website combines human and artificial intelligence via a neural network to find and enhance patterns in images to create hallucinatory, over-processed images.


Random Distribution of 40,000 Squares Using the Odd
and Even Numbers of a Telephone Directory, 50% Blue,
50% Red
 by François Morellet, 1960

Lists of Open Datasets

50 Best Open Data Sources - This article gathers together 50 open access sites that provide datasets for study and visualization. Categories of datasets include: marketing and social media; academic data; and crime and drug data, among others.

Big Data - From Forbes, this list of 33 open datasets covers topics ranging from Facebook to Amazon to The New York Times.

Examples of Open Datasets

Artnome - This site features open datasets from some of the world's most well-known art museums, including MoMA and Tate.

FiveThirtyEight Data - This site provides access to the data behind the articles published in FiveThirtyEight. A wide range of topics are covered but much of it focuses on political polls and sports.

United States Census Bureau - Utilizing statistics from the census, this federal website provides demographic data in a variety of formats and enables different ways of searching.

How's My Waterway? - This Environmental Protection Agency site provides data on water pollutants for the US at large, but can be narrowed by zip code.

Open NASA - Providing access to datasets compiled by NASA, this site also includes open access code and APIs.

College for Creative Studies website