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Software for Data & Digital Scholarship

Information about DiSC-supported software for the collection, processing, analysis or display of numeric, text, or geospatial data

Power BI is an extension of Microsoft Excel made for data. It combines the PowerQuery functionality for data cleaning with a more comprehensive Pivot Charts functionality for visualization. It is thus a cross between Excel and Tableau, though Tableau has some nicer features for visualization. If you have used either of those functions in Excel, you will feel more at home in Power BI. 

Access to Power BI

  • Power BI Desktop is free for anybody.
  • Mason Faculty have Power BI Pro through their Mason Office 365 accounts
    • Pro users can share Dashboards with others.