What’s the difference between a data visualization and an infographic?

Information graphics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge often used to support information, strengthen it and present it within a sensitive context.
They are specific, context-sensitive and often times hand-crafted.

Data visualizations are visual displays of measured quantities by means of the combined use of a coordination system, points, lines, shapes, digits, letters quantified by visual attributes.

They are general, context-free and often times created automatically.
Both can be static, animated or interactive.

So, I think the difference is more about the objective. Information graphics are used to tell a story or answer a question. Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own story or answer.

Source: http://www.quora.com/Whats-the-difference-between-a-data-visualization-and-an-infographic/answer/Benjamin-Wiederkehr?srid=34f

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