Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.

Chapter 18: Data Visualisation as an Emerging Tool for Online Research

Data Visualisation as an Emerging Tool for Online Research

DATA VISUALISATION AS AN EMERGING TOOL FOR ONLINE RESEARCH
Helen Kennedy William Allen

Introduction

This chapter focuses on data visualisation, an increasingly important method in the online research toolset and a means of communicating research results to peers and the wider public. This is not a ‘how-to’ chapter; it does not guide the reader through the process of making data visualisations. That project would require more words than are available here and, anyway, is best undertaken by professional data visualisers. There are several good, how-to books written by visualisation practitioners, such as Cairo (2013), Few (2012), Kirk (2016), Tufte (1983) and Yau (2013), which readers can turn to for guidance on ...

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