Learn about Silk visualizations

To start building a visualization, click the ‘Explore’ button on top of every Silk, or click the ‘Explore’ link accompanying each visualization on a Silk page.

The right visualization for the job#

Each visualization is good at something. Let’s help you pick:

  1. Use lists and tables to show simple ranking of data;
  2. Use maps for location-specific data;
  3. Use scatter plots to show the relationship between two numbers;
  4. Use donut and pie charts for showing proportions and distributions;
  5. Use vertical column charts to compare a few items;
  6. Use horizontal bar charts to compare many items;
  7. Use stack charts to show relative components as part of a whole;
  8. Use grids and mosaics to show images; and
  9. Use groups to organize items sharing a characteristic or property.

Customize the visualization#

  1. Select the collection of pages you want to visualize.
  2. Use the pickers to select which tags you want to visualize. The picker fields change depending on the visualization type.
  3. Click the ‘More options’ button to get a menu with extra options.
  4. The extra options let you select the maximum number of items shown, sort the way the data is displayed, and more (depending on the visualization).
  5. Click the ‘Show all filters’ button to filter the visualized results.

Fine tune your visualizations with filters#

You can use filters to limit the number of results being visualized. This is helpful if you want to highlight part of the data or research a specific aspect within your data.

  • If you haven’t done so in the last step, click the ‘More options’ button.
  • Click the ‘Show all filters’ link on the top left of the explore page to fold out the filter menu.
  • Silk suggests a few facts to filter on. You can also use the ‘Add filter’ button to add more filters.
  • Each filter has a menu where you can change the filter type. Filter types include: text (including an ‘Exact match’), range, not empty, and common value.

You can also attach an inline filter to your visualizations. See the Inline Filters article for more information.


Here we filter for ‘Europe’ on the Countries of the World Silk.

Inserting a visualization on a Silk#

If you are the owner of a Silk, you can publish a visualizations on your home page, on other pages, and even on datacards.

  • From the explore tab, publish your visualization by clicking the green ‘Publish’ button. This lets you select if you want to insert the visualization on your home page.
  • To build a visualization on any page, click ‘Edit Page’ and then click any ‘+’ icon on the page.
  • Click the ‘Visualization’ box and then follow the same process as in the explore tab to build your visualization.
  • Click ‘Save’ to insert the visualization and then ‘Save Page’ to save the page.
  • To edit the default title above the visualization, click ‘Edit Page’ and then click on the title. Type your edits in and then save the page
  • Add a caption to any visualization while editing a page by clicking on the ‘optional caption’ text.

Sharing visualizations and embedding them on other blogs or sites#

The ‘Share & Embed’ button is located on top of the explore page and above every visualization in Silk.

  • To generate an embed code snippet, click ‘Share & Embed’ and then click ‘Embed’. Copy the embed code to your clipboard. You can change the size of the embed to a fixed width and height or make it responsive (which will set the width and height of the embed to 100%).
  • To share the visualization on social networks, click ‘Share & Embed’ and click on the button for the social network you want to post to.
  • To email a visualization, click ‘Share & Embed’ and then click on ‘Email’.
  • To grab a short link of a Silk visualization, click ‘Share & Embed’ then click on ‘Short link’. Copy the link to your clipboard.

Lists and Tables#

Lists and Tables are a perfect starting point for exploring your data. It also good to show a simple ranking of data.

Grids and Mosaics#

Use image grids and mosaics to show images.

Groups#

Use groups to organize items sharing a characteristic or property.

Maps#

Plotting your locations on a map can give great insight into your data.

Scatter plots#

To show the correlation between two numerical tags, use scatter plots.

Charts#

Last but not least, Silk offers a variety of charts to visualize numerical data.