We are considering to start a regular guest post series focused on reviewing information visualization tools and software. After all, there are plenty of reviews available online, from testing software, electronic gadgets and books, to the literal unpacking of newly acquired goods, but almost none that deal with the development of data visualizations.
First of all, we would like to know whether there is interest in such a regular review feature, and whether there are more people around the community that want to help us with this initiative.
Other questions include: Should a popular blog like infosthetics deal with reviewing? What would you like to see reviewed? Are there specific tools or software you are already interested in to be tested? How should a typical data visualization review look like? What are the criteria? How can we compare tools with each other? What should be the benchmarks? What comparable or example datasets should we use?
Please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!
Kim Rees is a partner at Periscopic, an interactive design firm specializing in data visualization and information presentation.