The ability to visually represent data is an important tool for advocacy, fundraising, and reporting. Below are a few free online tools that will allow you to quickly create graphs, charts and other visualizations.
- Google Docs – Google Docs has Charts and Widget features that allow you to create graphs and charts that can be shared and embedded into websites.
- ManyEyes – This online tool (and community) allows you to easily upload data sets that can be made into a variety of charts and other visualizations, but requires that you publish your data online. It’s also a great place to find visualizations of census and other public data.
- DabbleDB – Allows you to create simple online databases as well as graphs and charts based on your data. It’s free if you share your data or $8 per user a month if you don’t.
Other online tools for creating graphs and charts include Swivel, iCharts and WidGenie. Google Docs, Many Eyes and DabbleDB were also covered in the “50 Tech Tips for Tough Economic Times” session at the 2009 EJC conference. [H/T to Laura Quinn for inspiring this post.] -M