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Software for Digital Scholarship

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

Tableau is data visualization software (aka Business Intelligence, Analytics). It enables fast creation of static or interactive InfoGraphics, including charts and maps. It is designed for large businesses, with pricing per user per month.

  • Tableau Desktop - What most people are thinking about. Can also publish to the Public Gallery. 
  • Tableau Public - Same as Desktop except that you cannot open workbooks you did not create or save workbooks anywhere but the public gallery.
  • Tableau Online - Tableau-hosted sharing of workbooks and data
  • Tableau Server - On-site ability to host data and workbooks
  • Tableau Prep Builder - Create flows to combine, shape, and clean data
  • Tableau Prep Conductor - Schedule and manage flows

Access to Tableau

Tableau Desktop / Prep

Tableau Public

  • Tableau Public is FREE for everybody.
  • Can only use data from files or a web data connector (up to 15 mil rows/workbook)
  • Data and Visualizations must be saved/published online (max 10 GB)
    • Can prevent the data and/or workbook file from being downloaded
    • Can hide a visualization so it does not appear on your profile or in the search
    • These do not make the data or visualization entirely private

Learning

Resources from Tableau

Tableau Zen Masters

Look for material written by a Tableau Zen Master, who have been selected based off knowledge and teaching. See Especially those by the Hall of Fame Zen Masters. For example: 

Learn More

Learn by Example

The best way to learn Tableau is to utilize or re-create what other people have done. You can often download the workbooks for visualizations you see. Don't forget that some worksheets might be hidden. These sites have downloadable workbooks (look in the bottom right for the download icon (square with down arrow) and choose "Tableau Workbook". Note that .twbx files include the workbook (.twb) plus the data.

Data Sources

Get Web Connectors for Direct Import of Data: