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Data Resources in the Health Sciences

An inventory of resources to support research data needs in the health sciences field. This guide is constantly being updated; please send feedback via the Comments links.

Data Analysis Tools

Commonly used software for data analysis include:

*available on some computers in the HSL Learning Commons

Data Visualization Tools

A graphical representation can communicate complex research results in ways that can be more quickly and effectively understood. Data visualization engages viewers and thereby increases the capability for communicating research more effectively. Visualizations can also be used to improve understanding, analyze complex relationships, explore data to find new connections and improve decision making. Here are some links to Health Sciences related data visualization tools. For more general tools that are useful for any research area, see the UW Libraries Data Resources guide.

Some interesting tools for visualization are listed here.

Census.gov Data Visualization - Gallery of data visualizations from US Census data

Datawrapper - create charts from spreadsheets or tables, free

Gapminder World - Create custom maps from world data on health and wealth

IHME Data Visualization Tools - Interactive data visualizations from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

KNALIJ for Pubmed - A web application that creates data visualizations from Pubmed searches. KNALIJ recognizes connections liking biomedical & life sciences research & researchers & visualizes these links

Social Explorer Maps - Easy-to-use web interface for creating maps and reports to better illustrate and analyze demography and social change

Tableau Public - free tool for visualizing data in a variety of formats/sources

Tableau for Students - free one-year license for the full version

Trifacta Wrangler - beta version free download: single user, local files only

Viewshare - free platform (from the Library of Congress) for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) meant for digital collections of cultural heritage materials.  Request for free account must be approved.

For More Info

UW Libraries Data Resources Guide - for more tools and tutorials on using them.

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