Datawrapper

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Name
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Datawrapper
Tool Class
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Data Visualization, Mapping
Developer
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Datawrapper GMBH
Date Created
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2012/11/06
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
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No
Platforms
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Web
Website
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https://www.datawrapper.de/
Payment Structure
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free, subscription
Languages Supported
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Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese
Skill Level Needed
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  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Beginner

Tool Description

Datawrapper is a Data Visualization tool designed for news organizations to generate embeddable visualizations through a relatively simple process. The user follows a four step process - upload, check and describe, visualize, publish and embed - to create visualizations.

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The tool can be used for Mapping. Datawrapper creates two types of maps: Choropleth and point. If creating a point map, the service allows basic Geocoding by allowing the user to place a point at a time by typing in an address.

The resulting visualizations a dynamic in that the mouse can hover over some visualizations to get more information. The service is free to use up to a certain level of views, at which point the user needs to subscribe.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Datawrapper creates interactive visualizations that can be embedded in a website. The strength of the tool is its ease of use and the speed with which it can create a visualization, but this comes at the cost of more complexity once you move beyond the scope the tool was designed for.

The interface is simpler to use than Google Sheets but provides very little support for editing the data - it assumes that you have already gone through the process of Data Preparation before using the tool. Tableau Public is a more powerful tool and likewise creates interactive visualizations that can be embedded, but the interface is more complex and is a desktop tool. As a mapping tool, Datawrapper provides clean, basic features. Unlike some mapping tools, it can create a choropleth visualization at the state level for places like Nigeria. It cannot create a point map from a pre-existing dataset like Carto or Tableau Public.

Ultimately Datawrapper is handy for a quick visualization but other services are better if more complexity or control is needed.

Links to Tutorial Content

Projects that use this tool