VISUALIZING DATA
WITH TABLEAU

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020  |  SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Join us for a hands-on, high energy introduction to visualizing data with Tableau. With its drag-and-drop interface and dynamic output, this is a tool every analyst should have in their kit.

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Welcome to Data Dozen! My name is Erin Waldron and I’m delighted to return to Syracuse to dive into the world of data visualization with you. Thanks for joining us!

BEFORE WE BEGIN

We will spend nearly all of our time together building visualizations and dashboards in Tableau. To get the most out of the workshop, download our data set and Tableau Public so that you can participate fully.

STEP 1

DOWNLOAD THE DATA

Click here to download the data set for today’s workshop. It contains ten years of university admissions data from the National Center for Education Statistics and their Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, commonly known as IPEDS.

STEP 2

DOWNLOAD TABLEAU PUBLIC

Tableau Public is a completely free version of this powerful software. Click here to download Tableau Public. Then install and launch the software on your laptop. (And if you happen to have Tableau Desktop already, that will work perfectly too.)

STEP 3

CREATE A PROFILE

Finally, if you would like to be able to save what you build today, go back to Tableau Public and click Sign Up to create a Tableau Public profile. These credentials will allow you to upload your final workbook and save it to Tableau’s cloud. (Just remember: only save public data to Tableau Public.)

WHY TABLEAU

With its intuitive interface, malleable charts, and engaging output, Tableau has taken the data world by storm. If you’ve never seen a Tableau dashboard in action, check out the first and last examples below. These were built with the software’s completely free version, Tableau Public, which we’ll use during the workshop.

SMALL MULTIPLES

THE HISTORY OF THE NFL
MATT CHAMBERS

MAP

THE AGE OF BORDERS
PISSEGURI82

FREQUENCY CHART

WHOSE HERITAGE
SOUTHERN POVERTY
LAW CENTER

QUANTIFIED SELF

DEAR DATA
GIORGIA LUPI &
STEFANIE POSAVEC

POLYGONS

ENDANGERED SAFARI
RJ ANDREWS

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

This hands-on workshop is designed to kickstart your Tableau skill set in just three hours. With an emphasis on Tableau’s key functionalities and practical applications, we’ll progress from basic charts to dynamic dashboards that incorporate interactive filters and design theory. By the end of the workshop, here’s what you’ll be able to do:

CREATE DYNAMIC DASHBOARDS

We will spend nearly all our time together building visualizations in Tableau. By the time you leave, you’ll have created three interactive dashboards from scratch, complete with intriguing tooltips and dynamic filters.

IDENTIFY THE BEST CHARTS

With good data visualizations, form should always follow function. We’ll discuss which types of charts work best for which types of data, and point out how to avoid common visualization missteps along the way.

DIVE INTO YOUR OWN DATA

With your newly minted skill set, you’ll be ready to dive into your own data when you return to your organization. If you work with public data sources, all the better! You can continue to create visualizations with Tableau Public for free!

YOUR RESOURCES

We will cover a lot of ground in just three hours. If you miss a step, don’t worry. Everything we build is right here.

STEP-BY-STEY GUIDE

Every drag and drop action we take to build today’s charts is documented in this step-by-step guide. Just click the link and download your copy to review these charts or use as a reference in the future. 

TABLEAU WORKBOOK

Finally, you can download the final Tableau workbook we used today. Either click here to go to Tableau Public, or just click the download button in the bottom right corner on the embedded workbook below. Deconstruct and enjoy!

FREE FOR STUDENTS

The full version of Tableau Desktop allows you to connect to more data sources and, more importantly, to save locally. Best of all, Tableau Desktop is free for all students. Click here to get your free license.

GOT
QUESTIONS?

If you’ve got questions about this workshop, I’d love to chat. Just send me an email at contact @ datadozen.com and we’ll get your questions answered.

YOUR FEEDBACK

Thank you so much for making the time to participate in this workshop. We’d love to know what you thought. 

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