A lot of my previous work has been centered around custom maps or mapping techniques within Tableau. I've always been fascinated with FiveThirtyEight's custom electoral-college cartogram used in its 2016 election forecast. This type of cartogram was created in response to critiques about the use of geographic maps to show election data. So here's how I did it in Tableau.
The Tableau Foundation's Living Annual Report is a take on the traditional, glossy printed annual report. We share the methodology and design tips from ours to foster greater conversations about transparency and reporting for those working in social good.
When you hear data, what two words come to mind?
Take just one minute to share your two words. Don’t worry, there isn’t a right or wrong answer—data means many things to many people. So tell us your two-word definition of data.
Tableau dumbbell charts, also known as DNA charts, are an alternative visualization choice for illustrating the change between two data points. Dumbbell charts get their slang name from their appearance, which look similar to weights, and sometimes strands of DNA, when they are in a horizontal orientation.
I’m pleased to share the Tableau Foundation’s brand new Living Annual Report. We’ve ditched the traditional, glossy-printed annual report for a live report so anyone can get near-real-time information on what we’re doing around the globe.
Oldcastle wasn’t consuming its data in the most efficient way.
And as North America’s leading manufacturer of building products and materials (“masonry and hardscapes, otherwise known as sexy concrete,” says Ian), the company had a lot of data.
Here are three lessons I’ve learned through my own journey and through conversation with other women in tech.
Whether you’re a beginner or a Jedi, we have entire courses dedicated to helping you do more with your data. These courses have helped thousands of people to learn Tableau faster than they thought was possible.
At most organizations, the SQL database is sacrosanct. Day in and day out, DBAs protect the write operations and storage requirements of the database to ensure that no matter what, every piece of data is accurately recorded for posterity. Analysis? In most cases, analysis can wait. Extracts can be scheduled at slow times of the day like the early morning. Live connections to the database during business hours (when business users actually have questions) are dangerous and unnecessary. Unfortunately, this limits the usefulness of the data that is being so carefully stored and curated.
Years ago, one of my colleagues asked if you could eventually learn everything there was to ever know about Tableau. Naively, I said, “Yes.” But I was wrong! I learn Tableau every day.
You asked for API improvements, and we’ve heard you. In Tableau 10.1, we’ve made improvements to many of our APIs to let you do more, and do them more easily. We’ve also released a brand-new client library that drastically reduces the amount of code required to use the REST API.
Check out our latest round of the Best of the Tableau Web!
Eight-year-old Joe Radburn spends many Mondays “doing data.” Joe is a regular in Makeover Monday, a weekly exercise in reimagining data visualizations.
“My dad downloads the data, and then I have like 20 minutes to kind of get happy with it. Then once I’m happy with it, my dad looks at it,” says Joe.
When we asked you to share #DataLessons (advice for people starting their data journey), the wisdom started flowing in! And once again, we were reminded of what a generous and thriving community we have. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced vizzer, we are sure that some of these tips will resonate with you as much as they did with us! Here are the highlights.
What an honour! #MakeoverMonday has been shortlisted for “Best DataViz Project” in the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards.
Andy Kriebel recently posted a great tutorial on adding vertical lines to a slope graph using reference lines. This works great for slope graphs when you are comparing the same measure across dimensions, but what if you want to compare two measures across a dimension?
You've heard from the candidates—but what does the data say? Join us as we explore the data stories behind the US elections.
See and understand your JSON data without data prep! In Tableau 10.1, you can connect to your local JSON files, reason about their structure, and start analyzing.
Learn how to ensure your on-premise data is always pushed to Tableau Online.