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20 imperatives of information design — BioVis 2012

End of a Spreadsheet Era

Spreadsheets were the sleeping aids of the 90s.

Wake up with Circos.

Banish Tables

Tables are natural containers for data. Whenever information is presented, chances are excellent that it is communicated by means of a table. In many cases, however, when this information is complex (and the table, therefore, is large) a tabular presentation is difficult to parse visually and patterns in the tabulated data remain opaque.

You can use Circos to visualize tabular data. It's different, reasonably easy, available online, and sure to start a conversation.

It's also quite informative.

Banish Tables

Tables are natural containers for data. Whenever information is presented, chances are excellent that it is communicated by means of a table. In many cases, however, when this information is complex (and the table, therefore, is large) a tabular presentation is difficult to parse visually and patterns in the tabulated data remain opaque.

You can use Circos to visualize tabular data. It's different, reasonably easy, available online, and sure to start a conversation.

It's also quite informative.

Banish Tables

Tables are natural containers for data. Whenever information is presented, chances are excellent that it is communicated by means of a table. In many cases, however, when this information is complex (and the table, therefore, is large) a tabular presentation is difficult to parse visually and patterns in the tabulated data remain opaque.

You can use Circos to visualize tabular data. It's different, reasonably easy, available online, and sure to start a conversation.

It's also quite informative.

Banish Tables

Tables are natural containers for data. Whenever information is presented, chances are excellent that it is communicated by means of a table. In many cases, however, when this information is complex (and the table, therefore, is large) a tabular presentation is difficult to parse visually and patterns in the tabulated data remain opaque.

You can use Circos to visualize tabular data. It's different, reasonably easy, available online, and sure to start a conversation.

It's also quite informative.

Using Circos to Visualize Tables

Circos can be used to turn tables into images. Transform boring tables into informative and visually compelling datagraphics! And, do so quickly with the online version of Circos.

In this approach, the table's columns and rows are represented by segments around the circle. Individual cells are shown as ribbons, which connect the corresponding row and column segments (more details).

Circos - an information aesthetic for comparative genomics - presented at Genome Informatics 2008, Hinxton, UK (950 x 713)
Circos can be used to generate circular layouts of tabular data. This approach is implemented in the tableviewer utility, which is bundled with Circos. (zoom).