Posts by Craig Bloodworth

Tableau-ing the data of an old story

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013

Around the end of the year I like to do a seasonal blog post. Last year it was a cheesy Tableau Public Christmas card, this year I’ve decided to apply some modern data to a very old story, some call it the greatest story every told.

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Alteryx, navigating through Tableau mapping

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013

“It’s taking longer to download the data that it does to visualize it in Tableau or prepare the polygons with Alteryx”

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Tableau Mapping Monday

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013

The Challenge Produce as many mapping datasets for as possible in 1 day! Since The Information Lab launched we’ve been inundated with requests for Tableau polygon datasets from around the world. So much so within a month of launching the site it was clear its original aim of hosting EMEA mapping data just wasn’t going to be enough and we expanded it to cover the rest of the world. Getting through the backlog is going to take some work, a full day’s worth to be exact. So on Monday 25th November an intrepid team of GIS enthusiasts will do...

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The Power of a Single Question

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

Just over a month ago now I had the privilege of speaking at the Fanalytics session at the Tableau Customer Conference 2013 in Washington DC. My talk, based on my own learning experience of Tableau and Tableau Public, centered around a key rule I found when developing dashboards…”Only answer one question per dashboard”. If your topic is complicated or the data is deep and interesting then make it multiple dashboards and walk the user through them. But as an end user coming in fresh to this particular representation of data it’s difficult enough trying to understand...

Read More The Story So Far

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013

Since the launch of just over a month ago we’ve had a fantastic response from the community and have been contacted by Tableau mapping enthusiasts from Portugal, USA, Australia and The Netherlands as well as pleanty here in the UK. First thing’s first we really must extend a big thank you to everybody who’s send through ShapeFiles, website links, data extracts and workbooks. We’re working as fast as we can to make all contributions live & shared with the Tableau community. Due to this amazing response it became clear that the repository...

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