Circos A free (GPL) software package from Canada for data visualization in a circular layout. Written in Perl. Effective for big datasets in high dimensions, particularly with spatial relationships.
Filtergraph An interactive portal for fast display of large multivariate datasets. Capabilities include scatter plots, histograms and tables with zoom, rotation, filtering, sorting, sharing, and flexible I/O. Developed by the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics.
imMens A system designed to support interactive visual exploration of large (billion-element) datasets of several types (ordinal, numeric, temporal, geographic). Provides interactive brushing and linking, low dimensional projects, and rendering. Developed in 2013 by the Stanford Vis Group.
LCanimator A visualizer of univariate time series as a movie of the data `assembling’ over time. Developed by the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics.
Viewpoints A high-performance, interactive, exploratory analysis tool for large high-dimensional data. Its primary functionality is linked scatter plots with brushing for samples up to 107 rows and 102 columns that fit into CPU memory. Developed at NASA-Ames, it is available here.
yt A Python-based analysis and visualization package for volumetric, multi-resolution data. It is designed to visualize products of astrophysical theory such as hydrodynamical calculations allowing slices, projections, volume rendering, and multivariate maps.
Collection of recent public visualization tools from Datavisualization.ch, a large resource for data visualization and infographics in Switzerland.
Collection of commercial and free visualization software from KDnuggets
Collection of 3D graphics and visualization tools for astronomy, particularly Blender, by Brian Kent (NRAO).
ColorBrewer 2.0 Color advice for cartography. Provides dozens of recommended color schemes for filling contour maps and displaying two-dimensional structures. Designations in RGB, CMYK and HEX color systems are provided.
Color Hex Color Codes Color-hex.com gives information about colors including color models (RGB,HSL,HSV and CMYK), Triadic colors, monochromatic colors and analogous colors calculated in color page. Includes Popular Color Palettes, Latest Users Favourite Colors and >500 Color Names (e.g. DarkSeaGreen4 = #698b69).
HCL-Based Color Palettes Hue-Chroma-Luminance (HCL) is a perceptually-based color space discussed here that is well-designed for statistical graphics. It is implemented for the R software system in the CRAN package colorspace.
Scientific visualization galleries
Universe3D hosts links to web content that enable the enhancement of our three-dimensional view of the Universe, with 3D viewers, datasets, images and videos from Alyssa Goodman at Harvard University.
Cosmography of the Local Universe A superb movie of the 3-dimensional distribution of galaxies within ~50 Mpc of the Milky Way Galaxy, from IRFU CEA Saclay.
NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio with animations and movies from Earth and solar science.
Boston University’s Introduction to scientific visualization tutorial
Collection of visualization galleries from D3
Astronomical research articles
B. R. Kent, 2013, Visualizing Astronomical Data with Blender, Pub. Astro. Soc. Pacific, 125, 731. High-quality three-dimensional graphics, from NRAO
Buddelmeijer, H. & Valentijn, E., 2013, Query driven visualization of astronomical catalogs, Experimental Astronomy, 35, 283-300. Visualization of large, dispersed catalogs using the Virtual Observatory’s SAMP protocol.
Koribalski, B. S., 2012, Overview on Spectral Line Source Finding and Visualisation, Publ. Astro. Soc. Australia, 29, 359-370. Visualization of datacubes from radio interferometers using KARMA, SPLOTCH and other software packages.
Goodman, A. A., 2012, Principles of high-dimensional data visualization in astronomy, Astron. Nachr., 333, 505-514. Review of methods and software for linked-view, seamless visualization of multi-dimensional tabular, imaging, and catalog astronomical data.
Woodring, J., et al., 2011, Analyzing and vlsualizing cosmological simulations with ParaView, Astrophys. J. Suppl, 195, #11. Visualization of billion-particle 3D+time simulations of structure formation in the expanding universe.
General research articles
Johnson, C. 2004, Top scientific visualization research problems, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 24, 13-17
Chen, C., 2005, Top 10 unsolved information visualization problems, IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 25, 12-16