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Objective: The purpose of this article is to explore data visualization as a consulting service offered by a research library with particular attention to uses of visualization at various places within the research lifecycle.

Methods: Lessons learned from a year of offering data visualization as a consulting service, and two general case studies are offered.

Results: Data visualization consulting services have a few unique considerations, including setting clear expectations, considering proprietary vs open source technologies, and making sure the consulting experience is also a learning experience. In addition, we can clearly place data visualization requests, in the form of profiled case studies, in multiple parts of the research lifecycle.


data visualization, service models, graphic design

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Andrea L. Ogier, Virginia Tech, 560 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; alop@vt.edu

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