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Vis Depot: A Repository of Tools, Concepts, and Tutorials for Introductory Visualization

Nicole Cote, English
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Gold

Vis Depot: A Repository of Tools, Concepts, and Tutorials for Introductory Visualization

For the Vis Depot project I am creating an OER for those who want to learn data visualization concepts, but have either very little or no background in coding or visualization. For those who know the field well, there are many freely available resources related to data analysis and visualization with which to engage, which can help students gain skills or better understand concepts. However, the internet is also home to an enormous amount of confusing, incomplete, out-of-date, or highly advanced resources; and unfortunately there is currently no single comprehensive resource that can direct those specifically with little to no background to helpful tools.

For those who do not already have experience in the field it can be incredibly hard to understand where to start. For beginners, especially those in disciplines that are non-technical, there is no clear way to connect with resources that are free and easy to use, and filter out those that cost money or those that will only serve to cause even more confusion. This makes the field seem unnecessarily unapproachable.

Vis Depot will serve as a curated and critical repository of useful previously existing and freely available tools and tutorials, as well as some specifically designed tutorials and overviews, to get introductory and non-technical students engaged with visualization.