Data Visualization

Interacting with data visualizations is a daily routine for many people. Once limited to scholarly circles, visualizations have become a mainstay for presenting information on the internet and in popular media. Beyond that, computers, tablets, smartphones, and wearable technology have put visualizations in front of people on an ongoing basis while also making them more personalized (e.g., tracking step counts, heart rates, and screen time). The growth of data visualization into every corner of people’s lives should provoke reflection about why these tools have become so ubiquitous, when and how researchers should employ them, and how researchers can engage in visualization practices in an ethical and responsible manner. This entry presents a brief history of data visualization, considers the best practices of creating and utilizing ...

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