What Is Data Visualization for?
People perceive and remember information better when it is visual. It looks more usual and understandable when represented as attractive charts, graphs and diagrams.
Data are visualized to represent the nature of a concept or the condition of a process under our scrutiny. Data visualization allows us to get the picture of the situation here and now without losing ourselves in figures and tables.
With raw data converted into a graphical format, it is easier to explain complex issues to deal with business tasks like the analysis of the performance in specific actions, the analysis of task dynamics, the analysis of reaching objectives. The success of visualization hinges on its adequate use, namely the correct choice and reasonable use of graphs and diagrams.
You are free to choose which method of data interpretation will suit you best. First we will go over the traditional ways of data visualization on the example of the solution UN ESCWA Data Portal, and will then move on to more advanced ones on the example of the solution 3M™ Benchmark Portal.