Practice and Grow Your Data Skills with Tableau Community Projects

Learn how skills-based data visualization challenges can help you skill up in data.

Practice your data visualization and analytics skills, wherever you are in your Tableau journey, with Community Projects. Members of the Tableau Community create and host data visualization challenges where you can learn, practice, and apply your data skills across a variety of topics, products, and causes. These skills-based challenges were first introduced in 2015 to create a space for data viz learners of all levels to come together and collaborate on projects that push the boundaries of what's possible with data. Now, there are over twenty (and counting) different projects to choose from with thousands of participants joining from around the world.

Who participates in Tableau Community projects?

Anyone can participate in a community challenge—including you! You'll find projects spanning different skill levels and topics of interest ready to meet you where you’re at.

Just starting your data visualization learning journey? There are beginner-friendly projects like Back 2 Viz Basics, focusing on building foundational data viz skills. Maybe you’re past the beginner data stage and looking to take your data and analytics skills to the next level? Community Projects like Iron Quest let you practice data sourcing, preparation, and visualization skills in a themed monthly challenge, and Workout Wednesday challenges you to re-create an interactive data visualization.

There are also projects centered around data visualization practices like Storytelling with Data and Preppin’ Data that welcome all skill levels.

Beyond skill levels, you'll also find projects covering everything from industry insights to personal passion topics. Turn your love for pop culture into stunning visualizations with DataFam Con and visualize data from your favorite games with Games Night Viz. If you’re focused on diving deep into industry insights, consider Project Health Viz and EduVizzers.

The projects mentioned are only a few of the many community projects available to you. Check out the complete list of community-led projects for even more options.

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“I love co-leading Viz for Social Good as I love enabling and providing a safe space for volunteers to use their data viz skills for a good cause. This also allows nonprofits to understand their data better and can make a huge difference if they don’t have any resourcing available.” - Frédéric Fery, Co-lead, Viz for Social Good

Tableau Public, the home for community projects

Tableau Public powers Tableau Community Projects—it is the free platform that allows users to explore, create, and publicly share data visualizations online. It is also the world's largest repository of data visualizations.  

Data visualizations created for community projects are shared on Tableau Public. Once a community project visualization is uploaded onto Tableau Public, the community can interact with, download, and learn from the viz. Participants will also often share their visualizations on social media and include the Tableau Public link for easy viewing, analysis and feedback. 

Tableau Community Projects Viz Gallery

How can Tableau Community Projects help me on my data journey?

Participating in community projects can be transformative to your career and data learning.

Grow your data skills: Tableau community projects make it easy to develop your data skills through hands-on learning and practice. With countless data sets available to you to visualize and a community of participants to learn from–you have the tools you need to continue learning new data skills and best practices.

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"I started participating in Tableau Community projects so that I could grow and improve my Tableau data visualization skills, while also gaining experience working with a variety of datasets. By participating in these community projects and asking for feedback on my work, I’ve picked up a lot of new tips and techniques in Tableau much more quickly!" - Shreya Arya, Tableau Public Featured Author '23

Connect with the DataFam: By downloading and reverse engineering related community project visualizations from Tableau Public to asking for viz feedback from the #DataFam, you’ll be able to learn from the global Tableau Community.

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“Participating in Community Projects offers opportunities to meet people with similar interests, and engage in conversations about data and other topics. They have exposed me to different ways of thinking and doing things. Additionally, I've come to admire many people and, as a result, have been inspired in ways that have led to personal growth.” - Chimdi Nwosu, Tableau Public Ambassador

Build your portfolio: Community projects vizzes can help you create a compelling portfolio of data visualizations that showcase your Tableau expertise and passions. It might even help you land a new gig

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“Getting involved in community challenges since the beginning of my journey with Tableau completely changed the game. It has helped me build a Tableau Public portfolio and hone my skills, which in turn better prepared me for when I was applying for roles. Makeover Monday was pivotal in my development and is the perfect playground to experiment with different chart types and ready-to-use data!” - Priya Padham, Tableau Visionary and Ambassador

How to get started with Tableau Community Projects

Community projects are run independently by members of the DataFam. Project leaders determine the cadence, data set(s), theme, and prompt for the challenges they release. Be sure to visit their site for full details.

Some of the many community projects listed on the website.
  1. View the list of community projects and find one you’re passionate about. 
  2. Follow the project and project leaders on social media to stay in the loop of new challenges (Tip: want some extra practice? Take on a previous challenge).
  3. It’s time to put your skills to the test—as soon as a new challenge gets posted, get vizzing!
  4. When your viz is complete, publish it to Tableau Public. If you haven’t claimed your free Tableau Public account yet, here’s our step-by-step guide to get you started.
  5. Share your viz on social media using #DataFam and the relevant community project hashtag. 

Visit the Tableau Community Project page to find the right project to get started. Happy vizzing!