Data visualisation showing rail, plane and bus travel in England and Wales
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Tech Know: Data visualisation brings train and tubes to life

29 June 2011 Last updated at 08:38 BST

Understanding the world around us through statistics can prove a daunting task.

Bus routes, hire cycle use and train travel could all be improved with the correct analysis of the ways they work.

A new movement of people using data visualisation techniques is producing inventive ways of showing graphically how public services behave.

Ellie Gibson has found out there is much more to the technique than simply making a bar chart pretty.