Visualization Tools

Many fantastic visualization tools are published (e.g. in IEEE Journals) each year--but very few make it into the environments scientists and researchers use every day.  Part of LIVE's agenda is to add support that will allow integration of the very best tools the visualization community has to offer into an easy-to-use, practical, end-user environment.

Integrated into glue, prior to LIVE's founding


The comprehensive library for creating visualizations in Python, Matplotlib is used to power the interactive visualizations in the desktop version of glue and as an optional backend for the interactive visualizations in glue-jupyter.


bqplot is a python based visualization system for Jupyter wherein every plot component is an interactive widget, making it easy to integrate bqplot visualizations with other Jupyter widgets.

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope provides a tool for visualizing astronomy images in the context of other large astronomical surveys, as well as a basic GIS mode for visualization data on the surface of the earth. 

Sample planned integrations for LIVE

Vega Lite

Vega-Lite is a high-level grammar of interactive graphics. It provides a concise, declarative JSON syntax to create an expressive range of visualizations for data analysis and presentation. Here is an example live figure, and check out the Example Gallery & videos below to see why LIVE ❤ Vega Lite!


Mito is a recent Jupyter extension that provides a spreadsheet view of your data and generates the underlying python for any manipulations of that data.