IBM Many Eyes is a collection of data visualisations, and a tool for infographics
What it's best for
- Sharing and having conversations about your data visualisations. You can comment on a visualisation through a ‘snapshot’ feature, which becomes a link that will take another user to exactly the same configuration of the visualisation, even including search terms (e.g., in a treemap). There are also useful discussion forums on the site.
- It offers a decent range of visualisation templates including standard bar-charts and line graphs to more complex scatterplots; tree-maps and phrase-nets (exploring linkages between words in text) and zoomable maps of the world.
- Accessing other peoples’ data – everything on the site is shareable, which means you get access to lots of information!
Where it falls down
- Layout is very fixed to a one chart wide and a long scroll
- Limited themes from which to choose, and modifying styling (fonts, colours, etc.) is not possible in the free version
- Basic maps are useful places to start, but only work at the country level
* Costs are correct at time of publication. Please always refer to original website for current pricing.