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Visualisation to Give Science a Step Change

5.14.2013

Many of those involved in scientific research are specialists in the collection and statistical analysis of data. Visualisation, as a discipline, is primed to become a powerful tool for individual researchers, and bring significant value to research presentations.

Visualisation is Evolving

The focus of scientific research on traditional academic publication has formalised core visualisation as static, black and white graph plots.

There's a large gulf between this and the possibilities offered by recent web browser technologies, which are well featured, highly interactive, and - in the main - widely cross-compatible.

Similarly, the current crop of web visualisation libraries are powerful and well documented. With a little knowledge - anyone can tap into the power they offer.

The Democratisation of Tools

Researchers now have the opportunity to quickly explore their data as they produce it, to help inform their direction in a way that standard spreadsheet graphing may not.

There's also a low barrier to producing interactive results for presentation.

Our Predictions

There's currently an upward trend for professional visualisation.

Within two years, we expect forward-thinking university research departments to have in-house visualisation resources. This may be a shared team, or a technical individual who has been trained.

Within five years, we hope it's not unusual to have a visualisation specialist within a research team, to help with the ongoing development of their projects.

Alongside this, researchers will start to allocate time to their own exploration of data by visualisation.

We're available to train this skill - please contact us to find out more.