Data Visualization

Whether you’re a beginner in learning data visualization or if you’re adding the final touches to your dashboard, we’re here to help.

What support is available for Data Visualization?

We can help you with:

  • Selecting a tool
  • Preparing data
  • Data visualization and dashboard design
  • Critical and ethical data visualization considerations
  • Accessible design
  • Other data visualization-related questions

**We do not provide technical support for tools (such as Tableau)

Schedule an Appointment



  • Tableau Public
    • Free
    • Data visualization tool that can build charts and dashboards


  • Microsoft Power BI
    • Free trial, though may be provided through Office 365 account
    • Data visualization tool that can build charts and dashboards


  • RAWGraphs
    • Open source
    • Build complex charts through a drag and drop interface in your browser -- no downloads necessary


  • And more. Please reach out if you would like help with choosing a tool


Accessibility & Data Visualization Workshops

Sign up for an accessibility and data visualization workshop to take a deeper dive into the topic and learn some practical skills you can apply to your own visualizations.

November 7, 2023: Introduction to Accessibility & Data Visualization

TBA: Alternative Text for Data Visualization Workshop

TBA: Accessible Colors for Data Visualization Workshop

TBA: Data Visualization Accessibility Audits Workshop

Preparing Tabular Data For Visualization

Join us in person for an introductory workshop on how to prepare tabular data for visualization with most visualization tools. This workshop will cover the basics of data cleaning, present some critical perspectives on cleaning, and provide an opportunity to work on a sample dataset with other attendees. Experience working with data is not required. This workshop will not be recorded and is available only to UW students, researchers, faculty, and staff.

Next Session: December 4, 2023

Better than Best Practices: Inclusive Data Visualization

Data visualization design “best practices" often do not prioritize (or outright reject) efforts to be inclusive. This workshop will establish new "best practices" and provide an opportunity to test them out in a visualization. Data visualization experience is not required, though some familiarity with accessing and using spreadsheet software may be helpful. The first half of this workshop will be a presentation, and the last half will be a collaborative activity in breakout rooms.

Next Session: TBA