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Although not strictly for forensic purposes, '''visualization tools''' such as the ones discussed here can be very useful for visualizing large data sets. As forensic practitioners need to process more and more data, it is likely that some of the techniques implemented by these tools will need to be adopted.
 
Although not strictly for forensic purposes, '''visualization tools''' such as the ones discussed here can be very useful for visualizing large data sets. As forensic practitioners need to process more and more data, it is likely that some of the techniques implemented by these tools will need to be adopted.
  
=Open Source Visualization Toolkits=
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= Open Source Visualization Toolkits =
  
 
; [http://public.kitware.com/VTK/ The Visualization Toolkit]
 
; [http://public.kitware.com/VTK/ The Visualization Toolkit]
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; [http://www.graphviz.org/ Graphviz]
 
; [http://www.graphviz.org/ Graphviz]
: Originally developed by the [http://public.research.att.com/areas/visualization/ AT&T Information Visualization Gorup], designed for drawing connected graphs of nodes and edges. Neato is a similar system but does layout based on a spring model. Can produce output as [[PostScript]], [[PNG]], [[GIF]], or as an annotated graph file with the locations of all of the objects---ideal for drawing in a GUI. Runs from the command line on [[Unix]], [[Windows]] and [[Mac]], although there is also a [http://www.pixelglow.com/graphviz/ MacOS GUI version].
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: Originally developed by the [http://public.research.att.com/areas/visualization/ AT&T Information Visualization Gorup], designed for drawing connected graphs of nodes and edges. Neato is a similar system but does layout based on a spring model. Can produce output as [[PostScript]], [[PNG]], [[GIF]], or as an annotated graph file with the locations of all of the objects — ideal for drawing in a GUI. Runs from the command line on [[Unix]], [[Windows]] and [[Mac]], although there is also a [http://www.pixelglow.com/graphviz/ MacOS GUI version].
  
 
; [http://csbi.sourceforge.net/index.html Graph Interface Library (GINY)]
 
; [http://csbi.sourceforge.net/index.html Graph Interface Library (GINY)]
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; [http://ivtk.sourceforge.net/ InfoViz Toolkit]
 
; [http://ivtk.sourceforge.net/ InfoViz Toolkit]
: Java, originally developed at INRA
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: Java, originally developed at [[INRA]].
  
 
; [http://hypergraph.sourceforge.net/ HyperGraph]
 
; [http://hypergraph.sourceforge.net/ HyperGraph]
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; [https://jdigraph.dev.java.net/ Jdigrah]
 
; [https://jdigraph.dev.java.net/ Jdigrah]
: Java Directed Graphs
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: Java Directed Graphs.
  
 
; [http://www.opendx.org/ OpenDX]
 
; [http://www.opendx.org/ OpenDX]
: Based on IBM's Visualization Data Explorer, runs on [[Unix]]/X11/Motif.
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: Based on [[IBM]]'s Visualization Data Explorer, runs on [[Unix]]/X11/Motif.
  
; [http://jung.sourceforge.net/ JUNG] --- Java Universal Network/Graph Framework
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; [http://jung.sourceforge.net/ Java Universal Network/Graph Framework (JUNG)]
: Graphing, data mining, social network analysis, and other stuff.
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: Graphing, [[data mining]], [[social network]] analysis, and other stuff.
  
 
; [http://sourceforge.net/projects/sonia/ Social Network Image Automater]
 
; [http://sourceforge.net/projects/sonia/ Social Network Image Automater]
: Originally developed at stanford; in Java
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: Originally developed at Stanford. Written in Java.
  
 
; [http://prefuse.sourceforge.net/ Perfuse]
 
; [http://prefuse.sourceforge.net/ Perfuse]
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: A Java component library for interactive and collaborative visualization.
 
: A Java component library for interactive and collaborative visualization.
  
==Geographical Programs==
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== Geographical Programs ==
; [http://openmap.bbn.com/ OpenMap], from BBN
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==Graph Drawing Tools==
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; [http://openmap.bbn.com/ OpenMap]
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: From [[BBN]].
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== Graph Drawing Tools ==
  
 
; [http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/uDrawGraph/en/uDrawGraph/uDrawGraph.html uDrawGraph]
 
; [http://www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/uDrawGraph/en/uDrawGraph/uDrawGraph.html uDrawGraph]
  
=Commercial Tools=
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= Commercial Tools =
  
 
; [http://www.aisee.com/ aiSee Graph Layout Software]
 
; [http://www.aisee.com/ aiSee Graph Layout Software]
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: Runs on [[Windows]]. Free 30-day evaluation copy available.
 
: Runs on [[Windows]]. Free 30-day evaluation copy available.
  
;[http://www.openviz.com/ OpenViz] and  [http://www.powerviz.com/ PowerViz]
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; [http://www.openviz.com/ OpenViz] and  [http://www.powerviz.com/ PowerViz]
 
: Both from Advanced Visual Systems, super high-end visualization toolkits. $$$$
 
: Both from Advanced Visual Systems, super high-end visualization toolkits. $$$$
  
=Other Resources=
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= Other Resources =
  
 
; [http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ivs/index.html Information Visualization Journal]
 
; [http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ivs/index.html Information Visualization Journal]

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Although not strictly for forensic purposes, visualization tools such as the ones discussed here can be very useful for visualizing large data sets. As forensic practitioners need to process more and more data, it is likely that some of the techniques implemented by these tools will need to be adopted.

Open Source Visualization Toolkits

The Visualization Toolkit
C++ multi-platform with interfaces available for Tcl/Tk, Java and Python. Professional support provided by Kitware.
Graphviz
Originally developed by the AT&T Information Visualization Gorup, designed for drawing connected graphs of nodes and edges. Neato is a similar system but does layout based on a spring model. Can produce output as PostScript, PNG, GIF, or as an annotated graph file with the locations of all of the objects — ideal for drawing in a GUI. Runs from the command line on Unix, Windows and Mac, although there is also a MacOS GUI version.
Graph Interface Library (GINY)
In Java. Stunning graphics with some layout smarts.
InfoViz Toolkit
Java, originally developed at INRA.
HyperGraph
Hyperbolic trees, in Java. Check out the home page. Try clicking on the logo...
Jdigrah
Java Directed Graphs.
OpenDX
Based on IBM's Visualization Data Explorer, runs on Unix/X11/Motif.
Java Universal Network/Graph Framework (JUNG)
Graphing, data mining, social network analysis, and other stuff.
Social Network Image Automater
Originally developed at Stanford. Written in Java.
Perfuse
"A Java-based toolkit for building interactive information visualization applications."
VisAD
A Java component library for interactive and collaborative visualization.

Geographical Programs

OpenMap
From BBN.

Graph Drawing Tools

uDrawGraph

Commercial Tools

aiSee Graph Layout Software
Supports 15 layout algorithms, recursive graph nesting, and easy printing. Runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris, NetBSD, and MacOS. 30-day trial and free registered versions available. Academic pricing available.
Tom Sawyer Software Analysis, Visualizaiton, and Layout programs.
Heavy support for drawing graphs. Beautiful gallery. ActiveX, Java, C++ and .NET editions.
Geomantics
Geographical, Visualization and Graphics software. Runs on Windows.
Graphis 2D and 3D graphing software
Runs on Windows. Free 30-day evaluation copy available.
OpenViz and PowerViz
Both from Advanced Visual Systems, super high-end visualization toolkits. $$$$

Other Resources

Information Visualization Journal
GVU's Information Visualization Resources link farm
Scientific Visualization at the Supercomputing Institute
Google Directory of Graph Drawing Software
ACM Symposium on Software Visualization
May give you some ideas.
GNU Free Software directory of scientific visualization software
Roberto Tamassia's resources on Graph Drawing
Open Source Graph Network Visualization in Java