Data visualization history

Visualization has its roots in a long historical tradition of representing information using primitive paintings and maps on walls, tables of numbers, and paintings on clay. However, they were not known as visualization or data visualization. Data visualization is a new term; it expresses the idea that it involves more than just representing data in a graphical form. The information behind the data should be revealed in an intuitive representation using good display; the graphic should inherently aid viewers in seeing the structure of data.

Visualization before computers

In early Babylonian times, pictures were drawn on clay and in the later periods were rendered on papyrus. The goal of those paintings and maps was to ...

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