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7 Ways To Visualise Data Without Excel

7 Ways To Visualise Data Without Excel

If you’re at all familiar with Microsoft Excel, chances are you’ve used it at one point or another to organize and present critical data. And chances are you’ve thought to yourself, “There must be a better way.” As it turns out, you were right. From charting global statistics on malaria to creating stunning charts and graphs or crafting maps that tell a story, here are 7 data visualization tools you should be using right now.

1. Nuvi

Nuvi is a tool that lets you see what’s happening, in real time, on social media. Keep track of followers, engagement and comments in your Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram accounts to stay ahead of the game in your industry. Their bubble stream view allows you to see social interaction going on in real time. The bigger the dot, the more influential the entity. Green represents positive sentiment, red negative, and blue neutral. Use these patterns and insights to tailor your decisions to get the most returns on your investment.

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    2. Exhibit

    Created by MIT, Exhibit lets you quickly and easily create web pages with charted worldwide data, interactive maps and historical data sets. Create a map with flags of the world, an interactive bubble flag hovering over every country. Design a map of the United States with interactive bubbles over the most populated cities—the bigger the bubble, the more populated the city. Think of some statistic or fact you want to display with some kind of map, and let Exhibit help you create it. Exhibit is maintained and developed in an open-source community.

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      3. DataHero

      Use DataHero to chart business data and get actionable insights to make business decisions. DataHero can work with your data in almost any form, whether it’s online, in cloud storage drives, or in excel. You’ll be able to create excel dashboards, beautiful charts, and interactives that will allow you to make important decisions in real time. DataHero also connects to applications like Hubspot, Shopify, Zendesk and dozens more to make using your data with your favorite apps all too easy.

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        4. Kartograph

        Created with the needs of designers and data journalists in mind, Kartograph is a source for building interactive maps without needing to use any other kind of mapping service. It is most useful for charting defined data, not worldwide data, and does so quickly and effectively. Kartograph gives you a lot of options when it comes to mapping information and lets you do so in compact SVG maps as well as interactive maps that run across all major browsers.

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          5. Visual.ly

          A brainchild of former Mint.com employees, Visual.ly is a community platform for data visualizations, making it easy to create infographics, videos, interactives, presentations and micro-content. The site is both a showcase for infographics as well as a marketplace and community for researchers, publishers and designers. Create a profile, craft and publish visualizations to it, and then share the visualizations through your social platforms.

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            6. Dipity

            Bring history to life by creating a stimulating and visually appealing timeline with Dipity. Create, share, embed and collaborate on a timeline that integrates a number of features, including image, video, audio, text, links and more. Dipity offers both free and premium versions for those with different needs. The premium version, for example, allows for custom branding and backgrounds as well as custom iPhone apps. Create a timeline and it could be featured in their “trending topics” area.

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              7. Better World Flux

              This data visualization tool displays some of the world’s more distressing data but does so in an attractive way. Select different countries and indicators like “access to water” and “happiness score” to look at and track progress made. Though you can’t upload your own data, the data available to look at is extensive and spans decades. Better World Flux is also quick and easy to use and allows for an interesting interactive ride.

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                Featured photo credit: Nuvi Reviews, Price/Costs and Features via aboutanalytics.com

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                Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                Do you like making mistakes?

                I certainly don’t.

                Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

                Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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                Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

                Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

                • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
                • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
                • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
                • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

                We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

                If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

                Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

                Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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                When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

                Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

                We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

                It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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                Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

                Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

                Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

                1. Point us to something we did not know.
                2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
                3. Deepen our knowledge.
                4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
                5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
                6. Inform us more about our values.
                7. Teach us more about others.
                8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
                9. Show us when someone else has changed.
                10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
                11. Remind us of our humanity.
                12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
                13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
                14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
                15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
                16. Invite us to better choices.
                17. Can teach us how to experiment.
                18. Can reveal a new insight.
                19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
                20. Can serve as a warning.
                21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
                22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
                23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
                24. Remind us how we are like others.
                25. Make us more humble.
                26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
                27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
                28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
                29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
                30. Expose our true feelings.
                31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
                32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
                33. Point us in a more creative direction.
                34. Show us when we are not listening.
                35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
                36. Can create distance with someone else.
                37. Slow us down when we need to.
                38. Can hasten change.
                39. Reveal our blind spots.
                40. Are the invisible made visible.

                Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

                The secret to handling mistakes is to:

                • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
                • Have an experimental mindset.
                • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

                When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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                When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

                It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

                When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

                Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

                Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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