Visualization Resources

Looking for a way to visualize your data? Read brief descriptions of four visualization tools and find links to additional resources.


Tableau supports the academic community to teach data analysis, informatics, and data visualization skills.

Tableau for Teaching supports instructors by offering:

  • Free software for use in conjunction with classes
  • Guest lectures via the web to teach your students how to use Tableau
  • Support with data sets and course assignments

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ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data-analysis and visualization application.

ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. Data can be explored interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView's batch processing capabilities.

ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources. It can be run on supercomputers to analyze datasets of terascale as well as on laptops for smaller data. 

ParaView supports visualization techniques such as isocontouring and volume rendering on structured and unstructured grids. The goal of the project is to develop scalable parallel visualization tools with an emphasis on distributed memory implementations.


VisIt is a free interactive parallel visualization and graphical analysis tool for viewing scientific data on Unix and PC platforms.

Users can generate visualizations from their data, animate them through time, manipulate them, and save the resulting images for presentations. VisIt contains a rich set of visualization features to view data in a variety of ways. It can be used to visualize scalar and vector fields defined on 2D and 3D structured and unstructured meshes. 

VisIt was designed to handle very large data set sizes in the terascale range and yet can also handle small data sets in the kilobyte range.


AVS/Express is a commercial data visualization tool that can be used by both non-programmers and experienced developers. 

AVS/Express features an intuitive, graphical application development environment and provides visualization methods for problems in a range of fields including science and business.


IDL, the Interactive Data Language, is a commercial interactive application used for for data analysis, visualization, and cross-platform application development. IDL combines multiple tools from "quick-look," interactive analysis and display to large-scale commercial programming projects.