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Last updated on: 02 Mar 2021.

Tell your story and show it with data, using free and easy-to-learn tools on the web. This introductory book teaches you how to design interactive charts and customized maps for your website, beginning with easy drag-and-drop tools, such as Google Sheets, Datawrapper, and Tableau Public. You’ll also gradually learn how to edit open-source code templates built with Chart.js, Highcharts, and Leaflet on GitHub.

Hands-On Data Visualization takes you step-by-step through tutorials, real-world examples, and online resources. This book is ideal for students, educators, community activists, non-profit organizations, small business owners, local governments, journalists, researchers, or anyone who wants to take data out of spreadsheets and turn it into lively interactive stories. No coding experience is required.

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This open-access web edition is based largely on the book manuscript we submitted to our publisher, O’Reilly Media, Inc., which we have permission to publicly share under the terms of our contract. Learn more about this open-access web edition. Figure numbering in this web edition differs from the publisher’s edition. Readers may purchase the publisher’s improved and copyedited version, in print or ebook editions, available in Spring 2021.

Hands-On Data Visualization is copyrighted by Jack Dougherty and Ilya Ilyankou and distributed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License. You may freely share this content for non-commercial purposes, with a source credit to


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