Raw is an open web tool developed at the DensityDesign Research Lab (Politecnico di Milano) to create custom vector-based visualizations on top of the amazing d3.js library by Mike Bostock. Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, Raw aims at providing a missing link between spreadsheet applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Docs, OpenRefine, …) and vector graphics editors (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, ...).
Raw works with delimiter-separated values (i.e. csv and tsv files) as well as with copied-and-pasted texts from other applications (e.g. Microsoft Excel, TextWrangler, TextEdit,…). Based on the svg format, visualizations can be easily edited with vector graphics applications for further refinements, or directly embedded into web pages.
Knowing the need of working with sensitive information, the data uploaded to Raw is processed only by the web browser: no server-side operation or storage is performed and no one will see, touch or copy your data!
Raw is also highly customizable and extensible, accepting new custom layouts defined by users. For more information about how to add or edit layouts, see the Documentation section.
- Online app: http://app.raw.densitydesign.org
- Official web site: http://raw.densitydesign.org
- Documentation: https://github.com/densitydesign/raw/wiki
- Google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/densitydesign-raw
The easiest way to use Raw is by accessing the most updated version on the official app page. However Raw can also run locally on your machine, see the installation instructions below to know how.
If you want to run your instance of Raw locally on your machine, be sure you have the following requirements installed. Starting from version 0.1.2, we decided to simplify the code and removing Node.js: only Bower is needed to install client-side dependencies.
Clone Raw from the command line:
$ git clone git://github.com/densitydesign/raw.git
browse to Raw root folder:
$ cd raw
install client-side dependencies:
$ bower install
You can now access Raw from any local web server. For example, you can run Python's built-in server:
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 4000
or for Python 3+
$ python -m http.server 4000
Once this is running, go to http://localhost:4000/.
Documentation and Support
Documentation and FAQs about how to use Raw can be found on the official website. Development guide will be available soon on the Wiki of this repository. Sorry for this.
Currently, the following layouts are available:
- Bubble Chart
- Circle Packing
- Circular Dendogram
- Hexagonal Binning
- Alluvial Diagram (Fineo-like diagram)
…and these will come soon:
- Parallel Set
- Area Graph (Lee Byron's Streamgraph-like)
- Horizon Chart
- Convex-hull Scatterplot
- Parallel Coordinates
- Gantt Chart
…and these will come someday:
If you have any suggestion or request about new layouts to include, please let us know! If you have already created new layouts and you would like to see them included into Raw, please send us a pull request.
Raw has been developed using a lot of cool stuff available out there:
- Improving documentation and API reference
- Introducing continuous color scales (for numeric values)
- Creating and exporting visualizations' legends
- PDF export
- Refactoring using reusable charts as layouts
- Labels based on data
Team and Contacts
Raw has been developed and maintained at DensityDesign Research Lab by:
If you want to know more about Raw, how it works and future developments, please visit the official website. For any specific request or comment we suggest you to use Github or the Google group. If none of these worked for you, you can write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to contribute to Raw's development? You are more than welcome! Just fork the repo and use Github's issues and pull requests.
Raw is provided under the LGPL (Lesser General Public License) v.3:
Copyright (c), 2013 DensityDesign Lab, Giorgio Caviglia, Michele Mauri, Giorgio Uboldi, Matteo Azzi
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.