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Data Visualization Zone

six high top chairs and a bar-like table are arranged in front of a big screen TV

The Data Visualization Zone (DVZ) is located in the Dragons' Learning Den in the W. W. Hagerty Library. It is available for student exploration of data retrieval and visualization, and mapping and analysis with geographic information systems (GIS). The DVZ is a place for students to explore this area of data literacy alone, in a group, or with assistance and includes a large interactive display space to experiment with innovative technologies/media and data.

Highly visible within the Dragons' Learning Den, the Data Visualization Zone provides a place for students from any discipline to view sample data visualization projects, as well as visualize and interact with their own class or research data and deepen their data literacy skills.

The DVZ includes an 80-inch flat panel monitor with USB ports and HDMI connections, allowing students to view sample data visualization projects and research data to deepen their data literacy skills. Students can engage in data visualization through preinstalled statistical software and data sets, as well as 3D and interactive mapping with GIS. For example, if Census data were stored in a spreadsheet or database, the data would be valuable, but would be difficult for the average user to understand or use in any meaningful way. Using GIS, the data can be displayed on a map, highlighting neighborhood demographics, and presenting data in a dynamic and engaging way.

Members of the Drexel community can reserve the space using the Libraries' room reservation system. Visit the Service Desk on the first floor of the Library to check out an HDMI cable to connect a laptop or a wireless keyboard to the Windows PC linked to the 80” monitor.