Working closely with the Duke University Library’s Data and Visualization Services group, Duke Research Computing offers services and tools supporting data visualization. Research Computing supports Avizo (proprietary visualization software) and, through the Office of Information Technology, other visualization software. Duke Research Computing also actively participates in groups broadly associated with data visualization on campus.

The guiding model for data visualization operating in Duke Research Computing primarily considers data visualization as a tool for discovery – that is, as an activity shaping and influencing the apprehension of data and their meaning and acting as a means of discovery and interpretation. This stands in slight contrast with another view, which tends toward matters of presentation of data in publication. In effect, Research Computing leans toward data visualization as a tool used to discover rather than to represent. Of course, as is often the case with fine distinctions or matters of continuum and degree, the boundaries are indistinct and, indeed, differ by discipline.

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