Publishing platform Medium has open-sourced their proprietary data visualisation tool, Charted, on Monday. Now available for public use, data stored on Dropbox or Google Drive can be linked to charted.co and it returns a visualization of that data made shareable through a permalink.
Built a year ago by the Product Science team at Medium as an internal tool to assist in analyzing data and share findings within the company, it can now be availed at charted.co. Users handling “protected or sensitive data” can run a separate instance on their secure network, much like how Medium has been doing.
Essentially, Charted focuses on the following core principles, reports Medium:
- Charted does not store any data. It only fetches and visualizes what the link provides. It also refetches the data every 30 minutes, so the chart is always up-to-date.
- Charted does not transform or manipulate data. It displays only and exactly what it receives. Any necessary calculations or adjustments must already be reflected in the data.
- Charted is not a formatting tool. It is deliberately sparse in features. Charted focuses on getting from the data to the visualization with the fewest decisions possible.
It has minimum optional features for ease of use, adjusts to any screen size and updates are automatic. The open sourced Charted is available on GitHub, while Medium irons out kinks and is open to feedback.
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