What’s New in Beta 6

Beta 6 version of Vysda has recently been released with many new features. One of the most useful features of Vysda has been the multiples visualization. Multiple is a collection of miniaturized charts or maps packed in a single visualization. Previously we supported multiples for a few chart and map types. In this beta, you can create a multiple from any visualization type.

We’ve also added a new map type called Continuous Cartogram which is a regular map with each polygon expanded or contracted proportional to its value. The advantage of this map is to make very small polygons proportional to their values. Below is an animated continuous cartogram showing the changing population of people aged 25+ having bachelor’s degrees with years. In a regular map, Washington DC would be almost invisible because of its size despite the fact that it has the highest percentage of all states. In continuous cartogram, it becomes visible proportional to its value.

Scheduled data update is another important feature implemented in this beta. Assume you’ve created project using data from a website. But the data on the website is updated daily. You extracted the data and created your project. But a few days later your project will have outdated data. With this new feature, you can schedule to refresh the data from its source periodically. You can set it up to refresh daily, weekly, monthly etc. You can also set the exact time the data will be refreshed. If you have wrangled the data initially, you can apply the same wrangling rules automatically after each data refresh. This way, your data will always stay in sync with its source.

There are may other smaller features and improvements implemented in this beta. Let us know what you think!

What’s new in Beta 5

We are excited to release Beta 5 of Vysda packed with many new features. It took us longer than we planned but considering the amount of improvements and new features, it was definitely worth to take the extra time.

One of the most important features in Beta 5 is ability to embed visualizations. You will now see an Embed icon below each post. An embed code will appear upon pressing the icon.

Simply copy and paste the code into your web page. The result will look something like the following. Note that embedded posts come with title, source name, and buttons to see the underlying data and data source details.

We’ve added several new visualizations in Beta 5. First one is density map. This is an important visualization to present large amounts of spatial data. Following is a density map of tornadoes by year in the US. Instead of displaying thousands of circles on map, this visualizations turns that data into a density map. It is also known as heat map. But since we already have a visualization type called heatmap, we prefer calling this density map. Red areas mean higher density of tornadoes while blue indicates lower density.

Other new visualizations we added in this beta are combo chart, two-sided bar, slope graph, and seat diagram. Following is a good example of a two-sided bar displaying a data by age and gender.

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One of the comments we’ve been hearing is the lack control on visualization colors. We added color palette support in Beta 5 to give our users ability to select colors and customize their pallets for consistency. You can chose from existing color themes or create your own. We’ve also added an option to apply the new color theme to all visualizations in the current project.

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Ability to manipulate data is an important part of Vysda. We developed a data wrangler tool in the previous beta. We’ve added additional capabilities like an expression builder where you can add a new data field by combining existing data fields. For example, if you have a date/time field called Date, you can simply create a new field by typing an expression YEAR(“Date”) to capture year information.

We’ve also added ability to merge data from other tables. Let’s say you upload a data set of sales data by countries. But you’d like to normalize sales figures by population. You can simply search for country level population data and join it to your data. Now that you have a new field population field in your data, you can create a new column by dividing sales by population using our expression builder.

These are only some of the features we’ve implemented in Beta 5. Visit our support pages to learn more about our new features. Let us know what you think about Beta 5. We’ve already started working on Beta 6. We have lots of new features coming up. Stay tuned!

Vysda Beta 4 is Live

We are pleased to announce the release of Beta 4. We developed many new and exciting features in this version.

One of the most exciting features in Beta 4 is the animation feature. You can create animated visualization with only a few clicks. The post below is an animated map of winning parties of US presidential elections in each state from 1828 to 2016. Pressing the play button starts the animation.

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 We have also changed the structure of post pages and added some new capabilities. On the right side of each post, you will now find a list of related posts. New menu icons on the top right corner of each post image will provide quick access to things like seeing the details of data source. You can also see the underlying data used in the post in a tabular format and able to download it directly.

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Data wrangler is another important feature we developed in this beta. Many times original data is not in a form that can easily be visualized. It needs to be cleansed and transformed to a format that can be used in visualizations. Most people use tools like Excel to do that. We now have a web based data wrangler utility in Vysda where you can transform a newly uploaded or an existing data. Many capabilities like unpivot, reformat, trim, find/replace are supported.

These are only few of the new features we developed in Beta 4. Visit www.vysda.com and enjoy these new features.

 

New Features Available in Upcoming Beta 4 Release!

 

Some new features and updates to Vysda are on their way! Check out what you’ll be seeing very soon from us! We’re passionate about data visualization and want to keep bringing you improvements and as always, Vysda is a free-to-use social site for seasoned data practitioners and novices alike!

New Additions-Data Importing from Web Pages

How often do you need work on data from a web page? Copying structured data from a web page can be problematic. Most people use Excel to copy and paste but this is an extra manual step. As part of a new feature in the Data Wizard, you can now simply copy/paste the URL and Vysda will import the data for you. It even handles multiple tables on a web page!

Data Wrangler Tool

When you upload new data to Vysda, it often needs some cleaning and transformation. You may need to remove unnecessary columns, rename headers, re-format data, split and restructure columns, etc. All this work can now be done using the new data wrangler tool. Data columns can be wrangled individually or collectively and all actions (which are recorded in the Action History) can be undone with ease.

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Animation

Animation can now be added to many of the current types of visualizations available on the Vysboard! Through the new animation tab for each visualization type, you’ll be able to enable and configure animations. By doing so, you will be able to render a video showing time progression, a comparison of ideas, or to highlight trends.

Cartogram and Other New Maps

Standard area maps are great to visualize data against a geographic area. For example, population data can be represented through shading each state on a map. But states with smaller areas, like Rhode Island, are often difficult to see. A Cartogram map type is a solution for this issue. Cartograms represent each geographic area by a geometric object with its size proportional to the data. Hence the bigger the data, the bigger the object’s size. Here is a Cartogram example using squares.

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Another variation of the Cartogram that we’ll be adding is the Tile Map. Here are a few examples of how this map type can look:

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We’ll also be adding several other new types of charts and diagrams like Route Maps, Radar Charts, Bump Diagrams, and Density Maps to refresh the ways in which you can use Vysda to visualize your data!

More on the Horizon…

After the Beta 4 release, we’ll begin work right away on Beta 5. More improvements and enhancements are on their way!

New Features in Vysda! Beta 3 Preview

We’ve been working hard to keep bringing new updates and features to Vysda! As always, a free-to-use data tool and socializing platform. We’ve got a lot of plans for the distant future but the near is here so here’s what’s coming next week!

Area Maps

Good for comparing proportions over geographic regions, this new map type will display circles over designated areas with the size of the circle being proportional to its value in the dataset.

This map type offsets issues caused by regional area size in cases where geographically large areas overwhelm the visual communication of the data message (as can happen when using Choropleth maps).

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Example of our area map feature showing Emergency Response Incidents in NYC over the past few years.

Route Maps

This map type is great for showing geographic connections and relationships through lines connecting points. Interesting spatial patterns can be revealed through the distribution of connections or by how concentrated the connections are on a map. This map is also particularly useful for displaying routes through a single chain of links.

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Example of our route map feature based on data that tracked the routes traveled by Hurricanes for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Bump Charts

The criss-crossing lines of this chart are very useful for comparing the changes in rank of a value over a time, place, or other relevant dimension to the analysis. A crossing, or ‘bump,’ necessarily means one entity has surpassed the other entity in absolute terms, even though we are looking at the relative rank. Bump charts are often very useful for sports data in comparing teams or players over seasons.

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Example of our bump chart feature showing the EPL season standings from 1992-2015.

Fun Lil’ Nuggets We’re Adding

Finally, along with smashing some bugs and implementing a few UI enhancements, we’re going to be releasing the ability to share directly with Reddit and support for EMOTICONS.

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Looking Towards That Not So Distant Future…

After the Beta 3 release, we’re going to go straight into our Beta 4 to do list. Now, just between you and me on the DL, a few of the big features we’ll be working on for Beta 4 include a data scrubbing tool, scheduled data refreshes, smart suggestions for datasets on the Vysboard, support for new diagram types, and animation for charts and graphs. So stay tuned and keep mining- there be buried treasure in all those data piles! arrrgh!

Vysda- On the Data Socializing Frontier

The rising popularity of data journalism has spurred action not only amidst major news outlets (in the form of in-house data analytics departments) but also amongst individuals that are utilizing data visualization tools to identify hidden trends in the growing list of public data repositories. Forum-like venues have been increasingly popping up, including the tremendously popular /DataIsBeautiful SubReddit, which allow users to share their findings and engage in open discussions surrounding data and data analytics.

As a frequent user of such forums, I often find myself leaving those sites with more questions than answers. What if I invert the parameters and look in the data in a different light? What if I were to combine these two datasets to see if I can gather an insight into a separate trend?

Unfortunately, to handle these types of inquiries requires a series of time-consuming tasks. Can I find the data set? Is the data pre-processed for the author’s purpose or raw? If I eventually find the source of truth, I need to find a tool that can aid me in the analysis and visualization of the data. Does it include the chart types I am looking for? Can I express my findings easily and accurately? And, finally, I need to identify the proper venue to share and discuss my visualizations. Does this data or visualization adequately fit within the rules of this board? ANOTHER QUESTION

And that is why we developed Vysda.

Vysda is a free social platform that brings data, data visualization tools, and collaboration features together. In short, it’s a place for doing data stuff with other humans.

In Vysda, all data, visualization projects, and posts are public. User can access any data available on Vysda, track their source, analyze trends in the data, and visualize it using Vysda’s built-in dashboarding component, and ultimately share their findings through posts with the community. One platform, one solution.

Exploring Data

For those interested in exploration rather than participation, Vysda offers the means to view popular data and visualizations, regardless of whether you are registered with the service.

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 Engage the Community

View the visualization, scour the data sources, engage in discussions – Vysda is all about providing a community for individuals interested in data.

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Bringing public data to the public

Search through Vysda’s repository of data and visualizations for topics that interest you – all data is free to use: Vysda’s community is fueled by open data.

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Check your sources

Skeptical about the data? Check the source! Source information is always published in conjunction with every visualization, so no more endless scouring to find the source of truth.

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Introducing the Vysboard

Your best friend in making sense of data sets. The Vysboard is a dashboard solution that allows you to create interactive charts, diagrams, and maps inspired by your analysis.

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Like It? Fork It

Found a visualization you like? Notice a trend someone else may have missed? Fork it! You’ll get your own version of the dashboard that you can use to re-imagine the data in a different light.

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Don’t have what you want? Tell us!

Vysda is a platform under active development. We are working hard to create a space for data enthusiasts to interact, explore, and create together. We’re always looking for more suggestions on how to improve – you’re always one email away from a real developer who loves data, just like you.

Request an invite today!

Vysda is currently in private beta. We invite all data enthusiasts to sign up for a private key and help us achieve our goal of making Vysda the central hub for their data-oriented endeavors!

Signing off – your friend in Data Analytics,

Vysda