Data Visualization is a way to present data in exciting ways through charts and graphs. Examples of this technique can be found at:
Gapminder is currently owned by google and a free open source flash version of this system can be used through the google documents spreadsheet applications menu. This requires a google account and your data to be uploaded. The graph when created will only appear as an image if taken outside this google application however and will remain static. Help with Google Documents can be found here.