Useful Resources

We have collated a number of training resources and visualisation tools below that have been mentioned at group meetings, this list is not exhaustive and will be updated (please email us if you have suggested content).


Training / learning resources

Data visualisation online course on (University of Bristol subscription):

Data visualisation in ggplot2 and the grammar of graphics: chapter in the book R for Data Science:


Visualisation tools

arbor.js (a graph visualization library using web workers and jQuery)

cesium (open source mapping software, example code templates to download and work with)

Codepen (a social development environment for front-end designers and developers – find templates to work with etc)

D3 gallery

Noomap (proprietary software but offered for free in perpetuity for Bristol Health Sector)

OpenGL (“cross-language, cross-platform application programming interface (API) for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics”)

pixi.js (“HTML5 Creation Engine” with “bunnymark” to showcase the speed of rendering)

R2D3 for D3 dev.

Superational (proprietary software based on arbor.js [open source] type functionality)

Three.js (Javascript 3D library)

Visualcinamon provides super examples of visually pleasing design – building on D3. (project to visualise quantities etc. Now open sourced [js] frontend and [python] backend)

WebGL (Web Graphics Library, javascript API for rendering 3D graphics)


Data analysis and manipulation

Pandas (note that the ACRC at Bristol do free Python training using pandas)

Design resources


Twitter feeds for inspiration

We’ve put together a list of Twitter feeds the group might find interesting. This is very much not an exhaustive list!!!! Please email us to add other feeds you find interesting, or comment below.

Data Stories

Data Viz Society

The Economist Data Team


R Graph Gallery

Maarten Zam

Mark Bryson